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Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth College of Art


Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent art college – run by artists, for artists. Founded in 1856, we offer a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Degree study across Art, Design and Digital Media, combining over a century’s worth of history with contemporary thinking and cutting-edge facilities.

Our city centre campus is a close-knit and collaborative community of artists, designers and makers, also home to our ‘fabrication laboratory’, the FabLab Plymouth, and to our public-facing Gallery which exhibits national and international artists and shows.

The Graduate School
Our Masters degree programmes are purposefully informed by our strong ethos of making and thinking in professional practice.

First, we are a community of creative practitioners, meaning that our research interests are closely related to the changing nature of art, design and media practice.

Second, there is our biennial Making Futures conference hosted in Plymouth. Making Futures brings together an international community of scholars and makers, curators, businesses, economists, ethnographers, campaigners and activists, to investigate contemporary art, design and media practice as change agents within 21st-century society, and their relevance to some of the most pressing economic and cultural challenges that we face across the globe.

Finally, through our founding of The Red House – the Plymouth School of Creative Arts – we’re establishing a progressive continuum of creative learning and practice from the age  of four right through to postgraduate level, hailed as a new model of creative education.

Our Postgraduate Programmes

As an MA student at Plymouth College of Art you will join our Graduate School, an active, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers. Our Graduate School attracts artists, designers, craft and media practitioners, historians, educators, critics, and recent graduates working across a wide range of specialist art, design, craft and media practices and beyond. We will provide you with a great opportunity to take your ideas and your work further in a supportive environment.

In addition to our range of creative MA programmes, we also offer an MFA. If you already hold an MA and want to continue developing your work, an MFA will help you to further refine your research and practice for a public audience.

We have invested £8m in integrating twenty-first century and traditional creative techniques and processes within an outstanding craft, design and fabrication workshop complex. This new facility offers Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) within our FabLab, alongside Printing, Textiles, Ceramics, Glass and Small Metals workshops.

In addition, computers campus-wide are installed with graphics, media and design software, and we have a well-resourced library, Painting, Drawing, Fashion, Photography, Film and Animation studios, as well as a public-facing Gallery on campus with a national and international exhibition and visiting artist programme.

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  • Duration: one year full-time, two years part-time (October – September)
  • Core contact day: Wednesday
  • For current fees and funding advice, visit our website
  • Entry requirements: BA 2.1; equivalent professional experience or portfolio; exceptional Project Proposal
  • How to apply: via Postgraduate application form on our website.

Find out more about our Masters Programmes.
Visit us at one of our Postgraduate Open Evenings.
Or contact for further enquiries.

Plymouth College of Art
Tavistock Place

Tel: +44 (0)1752 203 434


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