Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth College of Art is one of four independent art colleges in the UK with a history dating back to 1856. It offers a wide variety of post-16, Foundation Degree, Degree and Masters courses in art, design and media.



The College is located in the heart of Plymouth's city centre and has earned itself an enviable reputation as one of the main providers of art and design education in Devon and Cornwall. The recent extension and refurbishment of the Tavistock Place building has moved all of the art and design provision onto one site, making an exciting and new learning environment for students.

The College offers two kinds of undergraduate higher education programme - a three-year BA Honours or a two-year Foundation Degree with the option of a third 'top up' year to covert a Foundation Degree into a BA. The College also offers a range of further education courses and the pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. All of the courses place a high value on 'hands on' making and can be studied on a full or part-time basis. There is also an extensive range of evening short courses which students can take advantage of in addition to their main course.

 The College has many links with local organisations ensuring that students are kept up to date with new developments within the art, design and media industries. The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art often hosts high profile exhibitions and also provides a space for students to exhibit their work.

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Animation

BA (Hons) - 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

BA (Hons) Top-up - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

The BA first year focuses on fundamentals such as storyboarding and narrative, on creating content for single screen, projection, installation and multiplatform environments, and on 3D and 2D CGI composition. During the second year the emphasis moves towards production management and entrepreneurial skills. In the final year you will consolidate your professional identity and confirm your academic credentials as a reflective practitioner. You will also undertake a research project, in the form of a dissertation or a practice-led contextual enquiry.

Contemporary Crafts

BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts - 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Foundation Degree Contemporary Crafts - 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

BA (Hons) Top-up Contemporary Crafts - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

This programme teaches a range of creative practices including jewellery making, glassblowing, smithing and textile design. The taught programmes encompass a wealth of disciplines, materials and approaches. You can expect to become fully immersed in design solutions, material qualities and digital production processes from the initial brief to the finished product.

BA (Hons) Ceramics / Glass / Jewellery and Silversmithing / Sculptural Metals / Textiles - 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

BA (Hons) Top-up Ceramics / Glass / Jewellery and Silversmithing / Sculptural Metals / Textiles - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

At Plymouth College of Art you can also specialise in a particular craft and explore it in depth with a choice of the above specialist craft degree programmes.

Design for Games

BA (Hons) - 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Foundation Degree - 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

BA (Hons) Top-up - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

The programme teaches the complete design chain from drawing on paper to developments in Photoshop, to making 3D models and adding texture and rig, as well as sound production, narrative structure and character development. You will explore how digital games have evolved in genre and design to become complex experiential-narrational texts with the power to influence how we understand stories and information. And just as the industry relies on teamwork among specialists, you will be encouraged to collaborate. Tuition is provided through lectures, studio-based activities and online through a virtual learning environment. You will be encouraged to meet practicing designers and to participate in study visits, external commissions, national competitions and exhibitions. The reality of the games producing world is built into every part of the course.

Fashion

BA (Hons) - 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Foundation Degree - 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

BA (Hons) Top-up - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

This course will prepare you for a competitive industry in continuous flux. The design approach encompasses everything from haute couture to technical apparel, from the catwalk to making for the high street. It will allow you to explore and experiment with techniques, materials and ideas before specialising. Whether mastering the technical side of pattern cutting, using an industrial CAD/CAM process or organising and styling a photoshoot, you will gain confident insights into the contextual, constructional and marketing aspects of fashion.

You will be able to explore another creative practice and work on multidisciplinary projects. The aim is to extend understanding of the complex relationship between the creative arts and society while developing essential project management and communication expertise. Many of the modules incorporate business skills to provide an insight into the marketing issues that affect production, design - and individual career progress.

Film

BA (Hons) - 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

BA (Hons) Top-up - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Film has always been inextricably linked with other visual, narrative and performing arts. This programme explores the connections through practice and theoretical study and by making the most of interdisciplinary dialogues that the College cultivates. The College has the most comprehensively stocked film arts production resource in the region, with everything from Super16mm Cinematography, through High Definition (HD) Videography and Surround Sound Design to facilities for underwater film and video. First year study of technologies, practices and contexts leads in the second year to supported specialisation, work placements and live briefs. Final year production-focused projects are directed towards developing professional career paths.

Foundation Degree Film & Media Production - 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

This programme will give you hands-on experience of key roles, such as storyboarding and concept design, scriptwriting, sound design, high definition videography, Super-16mm cinematography, editing, directing and producing. You will be encouraged to get involved in critical debates to develop and contextualise your own production activities and you will get to grips with the business of exhibition and distribution through a study of existing and emerging commercial structures.

Fine Art

BA (Hons) Fine Art / Fine Art, Critical and Curatorial Practices - 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

BA (Hons) Top-up Fine Art / Fine Art, Critical and Curatorial Practices - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

The College has a twin pathway Fine Art programme that encourages you to develop an energetic and inquisitive approach to your making and to see it in social and cultural context. The aim is to ensure that as a professional fine artist you will be able to secure yourself a viable and visible position in 21st century society and be able to draw on the range of creative practices, critical insights and professional skills developed on the programme.

Graphic Design

BA (Hons) - 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Foundation Degree - 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

BA (Hons) Top-up - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

The graphic design industry continues to play a vital role at every level of society, bringing clarity to the confusion of hospitals and transport systems and style and elegance to the surface of ordinary things and everyday life. This programme will encourage you to develop your individual style and identity. You will investigate and practice communicating your ideas through a range of design disciplines - from brand identity to magazine design, illustration to information graphics, multimedia to web-based digital graphics.

Illustration



BA (Hons) - 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Foundation Degree - 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

BA (Hons) Top-up - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

The College offers an unusually rich experience across the range of illustration media and 2D, 3D and digital techniques. The output targets include traditional publishing, independent books, magazines and limited prints, through to the range of emerging and new media practices. The course emphasises research, drawing and experimental image-making and modelling. There are exceptionally high levels of one-to-one tuition.

Interdisciplinary Art, Design and Media

BA (Hons) - 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Foundation Degree - 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

BA (Hons) Top-up - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

This new programme draws broadly on the arts, cultural theory and social context. It is to a highly eclectic art and design course combining new and traditional media. It acknowledges that artists and designers are relying increasingly on the expertise and guidance of a new generation of cross-art form producer. The emphasis of this course is on the interaction between creative and critical practices. Creative practice, in our case, includes glass, film, textiles, painting, 3D computer generated visualisation, photography and printmaking.

Photography

BA (Hons) Photography - 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

BA (Hons) Photography Top-up - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

The focus of this course is on extending students' basic skills through darkroom practice and work with film cameras, and then guiding them towards experiment with chemical or digital technologies to produce innovative and distinctive imagery. In discovering your own 'voice' you will experiment with studio set building and specialist location photography as well as high end digital technologies. Throughout the programme practical assignments will give you a grounding in the essential business, legal and ethical considerations that will underpin your future practice. By the end of the second year you will begin to have an idea of your career direction. Deepening experiment during the third year leads to an exhibition at a major national venue.

BA (Hons) Commercial Photography - 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

BA (Hons) Top-up Commercial Photography - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

This new Commercial Photography programme has been designed with industry professionals in mind. It will enable you to respond creatively to industry briefs and commissions and to meet a range of client needs and expectations. The course builds on a fundamental understanding of traditional photographic techniques and theory, but focuses on the use of high end digital technologies relevant to the discipline you intend to specialise in. Our media stores, darkrooms, studies and digital darkroom gives you access to industrial-standard specialist resources. You will work with real clients to build a strong, professional portfolio and develop the business acumen to survive in a very competitive industry.

BA (Hons) Top-up Underwater and Surface-based Imaging- 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

The water environment is increasingly exploited for advertising and fine art practice and students on this course have a broad perspective on the creative opportunities that old and new technologies provide. Plymouth is uniquely placed to support this innovative photography programme. The city is a major centre of UK maritime activity, and photography students are able to work alongside world class scientific institutions such as The Marine Biological Association. The National Marine Aquarium is on the harbour just a few minutes' walk from the College, and the region has a diverse local marine ecology. Add a stunning coastline and water-based sports and leisure industries and you have one of the most spectacular resources for visual imagery in Europe.

Postgraduate Courses

All 2 years Full and Part-time, one or two days a week.

MA Crafts, MA Creative Practices for Sustainability, MA Critical Curatorial Practices, MA Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice.

The College's postgraduate programmes will give you profound insight into the contemporary creative landscape and empower you to work effectively from your carefully chosen place within it. These Master programmes have a common core that encourages debate, exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration.

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Plymouth College of Art

Address:

Tavistock Place

Plymouth

Devon

PL4 8AT

 

Tel: 01752 203434

Email:


enquiries@plymouthart.ac.uk

Web:


www.plymouthart.ac.uk


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Plymouth

Devon

PL4 8AT
 


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