Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth College of Art is a specialist independent Higher Education Institution (HEI) run by artists for artists. Founded in 1856, the college, which is a Founding Associate of Tate Exchange, offers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and pre-degree study across art, design, and digital media—combining over 160 years of history with up-to-the-minute thinking and cutting-edge facilities. Our two city center campuses are also home to the public gallery and Fab Lab Plymouth, and we offer a range of short courses, master classes, and a program of Young Arts activities including the National Art & Design Young Arts Club. The college is a UK Advisory Council Member of the Creative Industries Federation, a Member of the Crafts Council Advisory Group and a Steering Group Member of the Cultural Learning Alliance. In June 2017, Plymouth College of Art was awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark by Social Enterprise Mark (CIC). This is the only internationally available social enterprise accreditation scheme, enabling organizations to prove they are in business primarily to create benefits for people and planet, providing a guaranteed commitment to creating positive social change. In 2018 the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) ranked Plymouth College of Art as fifth out of HEIs in the UK for class equality and widening participation.

More than 2,000 students study at our campuses in the heart of Plymouth. Expert tutors share their expertise, while encouraging students to develop their own creative strengths. We continue to invest heavily in specialist resources and facilities—for digital media and technology, as well as fine art and handcrafted traditions. Our college has strong links with the creative industries and wider community. So our students have the opportunity to connect with a range of artists and potential employers from day one.



Full-time and Part-time courses
Two semesters for both undergraduate and postgraduate
Three terms for Extended & Foundation Diplomas



3D Design Crafts
Ceramics & Glass
Commercial Photography for Fashion, Advertising & Editorial
Costume Production & Associated Crafts
Creative Education: Making Learning
Digital Fabrication
Digital Media Production
Disruptive Design 
Entrepreneurship for Creative Products
Fashion Media & Marketing
Fine Art
Game Arts
Graphic Design
Interior Decoration, Design & Styling
Painting, Drawing & Printmaking
Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern
Product Design & Innovation
Textile Practices
Visual Communication

notable alumni

Harry Borden
Charles Dance
Candice Farmer
Raymond Hawkey
Keith Rowe
David Mckee
Suki Dhanda
Jonny Rutherford
Malcolm Le Grice
Peter Jupp

visiting artists

Phoebe Unwin
Martin Parr
Kit Miles
Jan Harlan
Dean Huse
Dauvit Alexander
David Toop
Ben Wheatley
Sam Arthur
Simon Williams