Plymouth College of Art is committed to, and values, exploration and experimentation across traditional material processes alongside new and emerging technologies.
To support this ethos, we have set aside Wednesday as an extracurricular day, where our students are free to explore creative skills outside their usual programme of study by choosing from a rich, rolling menu of workshops led by our excellent technical staff.
Resources and workshop LABS in the college not only support timetabled curriculum delivery, but provide open access to students at all levels throughout the week (subject to availability) who want to further develop their skills.
Our exciting and diverse programme of open access rolling workshops on Wednesdays gives students a chance to encounter unfamiliar technical processes, strengthen existing skills, and engage in broader learning opportunities in the college.
The workshops facilitate student agency, mobility outside your subject, and a chance for you to immerse yourself in creative cross-disciplinary exchange with your peers.
Some notable examples include fashion students making films in our moving image and photography studios, animators exploring 3D printing in our Fab Lab, fine art students working with letterpress, and interiors and graphic design students perfecting specialist fabric printing techniques in our textile studios.
Josh Silvester, a BA (Hons) Graphic Design student, collaborated with Hannah Joce from our BA (Hons) Fashion programme on projects whilst they were both studying at the college, and when they graduated they decided to set up a business together.
“There are so many exciting things happening at Plymouth College of Art. I studied graphic design but was able to expand my knowledge in so much more than that, learning about fashion design, photography, film, screenprinting, through the encouragement of cross collaboration in the college.
There is an open door atmosphere, when you walk into the studios and workshops everyone is really helpful, and can show you what to do and introduce you to new techniques that will enhance your design opportunities. I started my streetwear brand, KamEfla3, in the college after doing some branding work for the BA (Hons) Fashion programme. I approached Hannah Joce, a student on the fashion programme about the idea, and we started the brand together. We worked really well, producing shows and putting our collaborative skills to work, and we have carried on this venture after graduating. The wide range of knowledge I gained from all areas of Plymouth College of Art helped give me the skills I needed to get our business started.”
— Josh Silvester, co-founder of KamEfla3 and BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate.
In developing an awareness of cross-disciplinary thinking and making, these workshops provide the chance for students to create career and employment opportunities, expanding their creative horizons. The opportunities for collaboration and exchange are endless, and open for you to discover.
If you're currently studying at Plymouth College of Art, here's how you can sign up to Workshop Wednesdays:
- View the google form (you’ll need to log in to your college account).
- Choose a workshop from the drop down menu.
- Complete the rest of the short form (just your name and course title are needed), then click submit.
- If there is a charge for the workshop you have selected, the money will be taken from your Papercut account (the account linked to your student card).
Many workshops are free, some have a minimal charge of £1 or £2, and some workshops may cost up to £10, depending on the process and materials involved.
- If you have any questions about Workshop Wednesdays, you can contact our Technical Resource Managers on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Current students: Click here to book your place on a workshop of your choice.
- Thinking about creative study? Join us on an Open Day to find out more about the range of Pre-Degree, Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses that we offer.