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Plymouth College of Art
Undergraduate & Postgraduate
Prospectus 2016 / 17

Design: Lovers

Mat Williams
Kathryn Mackrory

Andy Ford
– BA (Hons) Photography graduate
Carol Sachs
Dom Moore
Liam Ricketts
James Mann
Matthew Sheather
– BA (Hons) Photography graduate
Owen Richards
Sarah Packer
– BA (Hons) Photography graduate
Tatsunori Ishikawa
– BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate

With thanks to:
Beijing Design Week
Bread and Roses
The Contemporary Craft Festival
Ocean Studios
Plymouth Arts Centre
Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery
Port Eliot Festival
Prime Café Bar
Prior Creative
Rockets and Rascals
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Visit Plymouth

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                                                       Welcome 				                           05
                                                       Don’t Just Make - Live Make		          06
                                                       Why here, why now? 			                 08
                                                       On Campus 				                         10
                                                       In Conversation: Sofia & Chris         14
                                                       Facilities 				                        16
                                                       Fablab Plymouth 				                   20
                                                       In Conversation: Tristan Manco 		      22
                                                       In Conversation: Alice Vandy 		        24
                                                       A Choice for Life 				                 26
                                                       In Conversation: Amy & Kelsii 		       28
                                                       Plugging into Industry 			             31
                                                       Careers 					                          32
                                                       Welcome to Plymouth 			                36
                                                       Plymouth Culture 				                  38
                                                       In Conversation: Matt & Andy 		        40
                                                       Gems, Jaunts & Hideaways 		            46
                                                       Living Here 				                       48
                                                       Tokyo to Plymouth 			                  50
                                                       In the Gallery 				                    52
                                                       Around the World 			                   54
                                                       Looking Back 				                      56
                                                       Life in Design 				                    60
                                                       In Conversation: Lucy & Will 		        62

                                                       Undergraduate Programme Guide
                                                       UAL Foundation Diploma 		              66

                                                       UAL International Foundation Diploma   68
                                                       Extended Degrees 		                    70
                                                       BA Honours Degrees 			                 72

                                                       Postgraduate Programme Guide
                                                       The Graduate School 			                158
                                                       Playing to our Strengths 			           162

                                                       Useful Information & How to Apply 		   166

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                                  It's your energy
                                  that brings you here
                                      Welcome to Plymouth College of Art, an independent art
                                      school run by artists and designers for artists and designers.
                                      A place of making and thinking, where what interests us is
                                      your distinctive kind of curiosity, the inkling that prompted
                                      you to open this prospectus, or click onto our website, and the
                                      creative direction that might bring you here. What interests
                                      us is your energy.
                                      Because a good education is one that listens to     the horizon. Any history of Plymouth has
                                      you, that works with you and is there to support    to include the horizon, and at Plymouth College
                                      you in every step along your individual path – a    of Art you can expect your dynamic creative
                                      lifelong commitment to creative inquiry and         horizons to expand – locally, nationally
                                      to making. Making work, making new ideas,           and internationally.
                                      making your way in the world. We’re interested
                                      in everything you will make of yourself.            Our distinctive art college ethos and the
                                      					                                               direction of your creative practice informs every
                                      Your work here will connect you directly with       decision we make – from the way we design
                                      the world of creative practice, as you develop      our curriculum to industry and community links
                                      strong technical, professional and critical         and the investment we make in our specialist
                                      understanding, and deep creative thinking.          studios, workshops and technologies. Our
                                      We believe that art students are natural            academic and technical staff are all expert
                                      activists, keen to take their practice out of the   practitioners in their specialist fields.
                                      studio and into the world: into the community,
                                      into industry, and into the cultural economy at     So do come and visit us, and take some
                                      home and overseas.                                  time to ask questions and look around the
                                      					                                               extraordinary range of facilities that we offer
                                      You’ll find yourself in extremely good company.     here at the heart of a dynamic city of culture,
                                      This college is a hive of creative practice and     just a stone’s throw from the sea and from the
                                      activity, a place of many hands, minds, hearts      wilds of Dartmoor. A word of warning, though –
                                      and eyes, for whom the most exciting place is       you might not want to leave.

                                      Professor Andrew Brewerton
                                      Principal & Chief Executive

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                         PLYMOUTH COLLEGE OF ART 2016/17                                               UNDERGRADUATE & POSTGRADUATE

Make —                                                     WE COLLABORATE
                                                           We’re an independent, specialist art school. Here you’ll
                                                           find fashion designers, ceramicists, games designers, fine
                                                           artists and photographers, all sharing facilities and ideas.
                                                           Whatever their specialism, everybody works on the same
                                                                                                                                  AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
                                                                                                                                  We see ourselves as an international art college,
                                                                                                                                  welcoming students from around the world to share
                                                                                                                                  ideas and encourage our students to look at global
                                                                                                                                  opportunities. We use our Gallery to showcase

                                                           campus. It’s a truly collaborative environment.                        international creative artists, and we welcome guest
                                                                                                                                  lecturers from overseas at every opportunity, as well as
Creativity doesn’t just happen in the                      MAKING TIME, MAKING SPACE
                                                           Our tutors are practising artists and designers, and our
                                                                                                                                  curating, publishing and exhibiting abroad ourselves, and
                                                                                                                                  arranging exchange programmes with our foreign partners.
studio, workshop or darkroom. It’s a                       technicians are highly skilled masters of their crafts.                Plymouth is only the beginning.
way of life. A lot has changed here                        We’re all making something. Some are working at degree
                                                           level, while others are pre-degree or postgraduate – all are           JOIN US
since we started out 150 years ago, but                    contributing to the growth of the creative industries in the           Throughout this prospectus, you’ll hear from our students,
                                                           UK. We even have The Red House – a school for four to                  tutors, technicians and graduates, many of whom have
this simple equation of making and                         16-year-olds and a centre of excellence for learning, living           gone on to blaze their own trails in the creative industries.
living still shapes everything we do.                      well and the creative arts, for children from all walks of life.
                                                           We’re proud of our big, open studios and our inspirational             We hope it gives you a picture of what life’s like here

                                                           equipment. Some of it is cutting edge, like our 3D printer,            – the space, the city, the people, the facilities, the
                                                           but lots of it is here because it’s stood the test of time,            opportunities. And a sense of the ethos that drives us
                                                           like our beautiful printmaking presses.                                – our independence, our intimate scale, and our faith in
                                                                                                                                  making and thinking.
                                                           LIVE WHAT YOU DO
                                                           We pride ourselves in providing high levels of contact                 Atmosphere is a hard thing to put into words, but so
                                                           time, not just a few timetabled hours a week. Living what              many people who come here say the same thing: it feels
                                                           you do means getting immersed in learning, and that                    like home. Study here and you’ll be joining a supportive
                                                           requires constant access to the facilities, technicians                community, somewhere to work hard but also to relax,
                                                           and tuition that you need to develop. The high-contact                 create, enjoy, aspire and be yourself.
                                                           experience here is one of the things we’re proudest of,
                                                           and we won’t compromise on it.

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PLYMOUTH COLLEGE OF ART 2016/17                                       UNDERGRADUATE & POSTGRADUATE

Why here, why now?
History & Expertise
We’ve been providing specialist arts education
since 1856, and are one of the few remaining
truly independent, specialist art colleges in the
UK in the Higher Education sector.

Creativity for Life
From our four-to-16 free school The Red House
to our Postgraduate Programme, we encourage
our students to create, collaborate and explore,
throughout their education. To live, and to make.

Links with Industry
Study here and you’ll work on live briefs, set
and assessed by industry professionals, and
you’ll be encouraged to take up work experience
opportunities. You’ll leave equipped with the
skills and independent, creative thinking, that
you’ll need to excel in the creative industries.

Top Facilities
Ranging from the latest 3D printer to a
wallpaper press from the 1840s, you’ll get to
use some of the best facilities in the country.
Our £8 million Craft, Design and Fabrication
Workshops opened in 2013, and we continue to
invest significantly in new studios, workshops
and digital technology.

High-Contact Time
We’re a small college. That means that you get
great access to our studios and workshops,
and lots of time to work with our expert tutors
and technicians. Our high-contact time sets us
miles apart from other arts institutions.

Collaborative Learning
                                                                           Left: Student work by Hayley Gage

Just like industry, we know the importance of
collaboration. Our teaching is cross-disciplinary
and our studios are open-door. Fashion design-
ers work with photographers, fine artists with
film-makers. No matter your specialism, you’ll
have access to the full range of resources
and facilities.

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PLYMOUTH COLLEGE OF ART 2016/17                                                                                          UNDERGRADUATE & POSTGRADUATE

                                                                                                                                                                     Our city centre campus is a thriving creative hub

                                                                     Right: Illustration lecturer
                                                                                                                                                                     of collaboration and innovation, thinking and
                                                                                                                                                                     making. A close-knit community where artists,
                                                                                                                                                                     designers and makers combine, it’s a place
                                                                                                                                                                     to explore and experiment with processes and
                                                                                                                                                                     materials, both contemporary and traditional.

                                                                     Phil Trenery
                                                                                                                                                                         Our students say that it’s the energy here
                                                                                                                                                                     that makes this place special. And they love
                                                                                                                                                                     that all of our workshops are open to them
                                                                                                                                                                     regardless of their chosen specialism. Fashion
                                                                                                                                                                     designers collaborate with filmmakers, fine
                                                                                                                                                                     artists with photographers, animators with
                                                                                                                                                                     ceramicists. The opportunities for cooperation
                                                                                                                                                                     here are endless, and they’re just waiting to be
                                                                                                                                                                     discovered by the next generation of creatives.
                                                                                                                                                                         But we’re not insular. Our staff are all
                                                                                                                                                                     practising artists and active makers in their
                                                                                                                                                                     fields of expertise. And our students work
                                                                                                                                                                     closely with industry partners – gaining
                                                                                                                                                                     invaluable skills and experience working on
                                                                                                                                                                     live projects, gaining in-work experience on
                                                                                                                                                                     placements with industry, and eventually
                                                                                                                                                                     landing top jobs. Our campus, as well as being
                                                                                                                                                                     a safe and supportive place for our students,
                                                                                                                                                                     is also a home for our industry partners, our
                                                                                                                                                                     visiting lecturers, our guest speakers, and our
                                                                                                                                                                         Joining us is a fantastic opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                                     make what you want, when you want, in light,
                                                                                                                                                                     airy studio spaces filled with professional kit,
                                                                                                                                                                     under the support and guidance of our expert
                                                                                                                                                                     tutors and technicians. With the UK’s creative
                                                                                                                                                                     industries booming, there’s never been a better
                                                                                                                                                                     time to become a part of our collaborative
                                                                                                                                                                     community of artists and makers.●

                                                                                                    " There’s so much here that you
                                                                                                      can use and experiment with, just
                                                                                                      mess about with and try out. I
                                                                                                      thought it was crazy, but as an
                                                                                                      Illustration student I have access
We have 13,000 square metres of studio space and four buildings                                       to things like free tutoring from
filled with professional workspaces and state-of-the-art kit – all                                    the ceramics department. I was
home to our 2,000 strong community of student artists, designers                                      blown away."
and makers.                                                                                          — Alfie Phillips BA (Hons) Illustration

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" This place is a shelter
 for artists. It's an oasis."
 Stephen Felmingham
 Programme Leader for Painting, Drawing & Printmaking
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PLYMOUTH COLLEGE OF ART 2016/17                                                                              UNDERGRADUATE & POSTGRADUATE

                                   Left: Sofia Beale
                                   BA (Hons) Animation             From hand-crafted plasticine characters to the latest digital
                                   Right: Chris Eales
                                   BA (Hons) Animation lecturer
                                                                   techniques, animation spans a range of specialisms. We talked
                                                                   to Chris Eales, a BA (Hons) Animation lecturer whose recent
                                                                   animated short ‘Two Films About Loneliness’ has been a hit at
                                                                   film festivals worldwide, and Animation student Sofia Beale,
  In Conversation:                                                 who’s preparing to exhibit her own stop-motion work at our

                                                                   Summer Show.

                                                                        ● What was it about Animation that drew
                                                                   you both to the subject?
                                                                        SB: I did film, art and writing at A-Level and

& Chris
                                                                   I thought Animation would be a great way of
                                                                   combining them. I watched lots of cartoons as
                                                                   a kid and thought ‘I want to do that.’ When I got
                                                                   here I realised that animation is so much more
                                                                   than the stuff you see on TV – stop motion or
                                                                   3D, lifelike or abstract. There’s such a range,
                                                                   and I find that fascinating.                                         ● And what are the facilities like?
                                                                        CE: I always liked the idea that one person                     SB: They’re amazing. The cameras, the
                                                                   or a small team could make their own films.                      lighting, the software... We also get access to
                                                                   I like the democracy of that. And I really like                  other departments like woodwork, which I’ve
                                                                   low-budget films. For me, stop motion also still                 used to make bits for my sets, and printmaking,
                                                                   has a real magic about it. You know there’s a                    where I’ve screenprinted scenery and set
                                                                   lifeless object there, but you can see it move.                  backgrounds... There’s no way I could do what I
                                                                   Its appeal goes back decades and decades.                        do if I weren’t here.
                                                                        ● What does the teaching focus on here                          CE: The FabLab, where students and staff
                                                                   – is it mostly the technical side of Animation?                  can make use of new design technologies like
                                                                        SB: In the first year you get to know the key               3D printing and scanning, is a really exciting
                                                                   technical skills that allow you to animate and                   space too. It’s a great resource and there’s
                                                                   bring a character to life. After that, the teaching              so much open source stuff online. You can
                                                                   becomes increasingly about getting feedback                      download little parts for armatures which can
                                                                   on your work and choosing a specialism that                      be very expensive. Or you can scan objects
                                                                   most interests you.                                              and work with them digitally. There are so many
                                                                        We also have a lot of one-to-one teaching.                  options – and it’s very accessible.
                                                                   Students and staff work closely together. In                         ● And finally, what do you think is the most
                                                                   some colleges with high student numbers you                      important thing to pass on to students?
                                                                   only get to see your tutor a couple of times                         CE: The freedom and joy of exploring new
                                                                   a year, but it’s the opposite here. I really                     ideas. That’s why it’s so important that the
                                                                   like talking to people about their ideas and                     college has practising artists as tutors. People
                                                                   discussing different methods for exploring                       who are still learning themselves. People who
                                                                   them – so it’s great for me as as well as the                    are always looking for new ideas, and who don’t
                                                                   students.                                                        want their own practice to stagnate. People
                                                                                                                                    with a broad idea of what’s possible within
                                                                                                                                    animation and with the creative industries.
                                                                                                                                        SB: Having teachers who are still themselves
                                                                  " The facilities here are amazing.                                making films is great for the students. Not just
                                                                                                                                    teaching you how to animate but from the point
                                                                    There’s no way I could do what I                                of view of getting advice. Showing you how to
                                                                    do if I weren’t here."                                          get your work seen at festivals for example.
                                                                                                                                    Getting your foot in the door of the industry. And
                                                                   — Sofia Beale, BA (Hons) Animation                               landing a job once we graduate. ●

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Our students tell us that our open-plan, open-                                                                                                ANIMATION, FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS
                                                                                                                                              Our students make full use of our industry-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JEWELLERY DESIGN STUDIO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Housed in our fantastic new Craft, Design
door studios and workshops, and our specialist,                                                                                               standard dedicated studio spaces – including                                                and Fabrication Workshops, this stunning
professional equipment, are essential for the                                                                                                 our infinity cove, green screen, and specialist                                             space provides everything for contemporary

                                                                                                 Left: Photographic Cove
                                                                                                                                              sound studio (with Foley pit and vocal recording                                            and traditional techniques in jewellery design,
thinking, designing and making that goes into                                                                                                 booth) – plus our stop-motion suite, our                                                    including benches supplied with gas and
their award-winning work.                                                                                                                     darkrooms, and plenty of individual edit suites,
                                                                                                                                              all up-to-date with the latest industry-standard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          oxygen, in-house metal casting resources, hand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and machine-forming tools, facilities for vitreous
                                                                                                                                              software.                                                                                   enamelling, and a separate chemical room for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          etching, anodising and patternation. We also

                                                                                                                                              CERAMICS AND GLASS WORKSHOPS                                                                have larger metalwork equipment for welding,
                                                                                                                                              With a glass furnace that works at 1,100                                                    brazing, cutting and grinding.
                                                                                                                                              degrees, 10 potters wheels, resources for hot,
                                                                                                                                              warm and cold glass processes, a plaster room                                               PRINTED TEXTILE DESIGN STUDIOS
                                                                                                                                              for mould making, 16 kilns, a well-stocked glaze                                            With views out to sea and 35 metres of print
                                                                                                                                              mixing area and individual studio space, our                                                tables to encourage experimentation, our
                                                                                                                                              Ceramics and Glass Workshops have a real                                                    Printed Textile Design Studios also boast
                                                                                                                                              ‘wow’ factor, rivalling any art school around                                               a fantastic Mimaki fabric printer, digital
                                                                                                                                              the country.                                                                                embroidery resources, industrial sewing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          machines, sublimation printers, a dye lab, heat
                                                                                                                                              DRAWING STUDIOS                                                                             presses, a tufting gun and a Mac suite. It’s got
                                                                                                                                              With north-facing windows, a ‘methods and                                                   to be one of the best printed textile workshops
                                                                                                                                              process’ area, individual studio space and a                                                in the UK.
                                                                                                                                              specialist life-drawing studio, our impressive,
                                                                                                                                              open-plan, triple-height Drawing Studio is a huge                                           THE PRINT LAB & EQUIPMENT
                                                                                                                                              space, perfect for many different activities                                                RESOURCE CENTRE
                                                                                                                                              and specialisms.                                                                            The Print Lab offers affordable and quick print
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          services for all our students who are looking for
                                                                                                                                              FABLAB*                                                                                     anything from large-format or solvent printing,
                                                                                                                                              Our ‘fabrication laboratory’ is kitted-out with                                             to photo printing, scanning or vinyl cutting, and
                                                                                                                                              the latest in digital design technologies – from                                            a wide range of finishing services. And our
                                                                                                                                              3D printers to 3D scanners, a vinyl cutter, CNC                                             highly experienced Equipment Resource staff
                                                                                                                                              milling machine, CNC router and laser cutter.                                               can advise you on which of our 6,000 pieces
                                                                                                                                              It adds a whole new level of opportunity for                                                of industry-standard kit – from underwater
                                                                    Right: Etching Press

                                                                                                                                              students across all creative walks of life.                                                 cameras to traditional large format cameras
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and all free to hire – will best meet your needs.
                                                                                                                                              FASHION STUDIOS
                                                                                                                                              This large professional studio offers a real-life                                           WOODS AND PLASTICS WORKSHOP
                                                                                                                                              fashion experience in a fabulous space with                                                 Alongside the latest in new technology, we
                                                                                                                                              sea views. Specialist industrial and domestic                                               value the long-standing traditions of making in
                                                                                                                                              sewing machines, a range of knitting machines                                               wood and plastics – and have developed an
                                                                                           It’s the reason we, unlike many other              and a wide stock of fabrics and knitting yarns                                              excellently-resourced workshop that is open to
                                                                                           institutions, provide dedicated studio space       sit alongside a media and marketing Mac suite,                                              all our students. It boasts a wide range of kit,
                                                                                           for our students across all specialisms – all      a fully operational CAD cutting facility, and a                                             including an impressive CNC router, plenty of
                               Left: Jewellery Design Studio

                                                                                           up to date with the latest industry-standard kit   library of designer garments to inspire.                                                    saws and lathes, and strip-heaters, as well as
                                                                                           and software.                                                                                                                                  greenwood-working facilities. ●
                                                                                               It’s why we continue to invest heavily in      FINE ART PRINTMAKING
                                                                                           our buildings, and in kitting-out our specialist   A fantastic facility supporting fine art

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Right: Equipment Resource Centre
                                                                                           spaces – such as our £8m investment in our         printmaking, our dedicated space caters for
                                                                                           Craft, Design and Fabrication Workshops.           a wide range of programmes and processes.
                                                                                               And it’s the reason we have plenty of          You’ll get access to a 150-year-old Columbian
                                                                                           experienced, expert technical staff – who are      press, an Albion press, an historic and rare
                                                                                           all practising artists, designers and makers       wallpaper press, and an automatic FAG proofing
                                                                                           themselves – always on hand to help and guide      press, plus a broad selection of metal and
                                                                                           you in the latest processes and techniques.        wood type, vacuum screen-printing beds, and
                                                                                               Here’s just a little preview of the kind of    four etching presses.
                                                                                           access to resources and equipment that you
                                                                                           can expect if you choose to study with us...

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Life Drawing Studio

                                                                                                                             Mac Suite in our Design Studios

                                                                                        3D printer in our FabLab

     Wood type in Fine Art Printmaking
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                             Sewing machines in our Fashion Studios

                                                                                                                                      Photography darkroom


                                                                             Glass diamond saw in Ceramics & Glass
                                                                                                                     CNC router in our Woods and Plastic Workshops

     The Print Lab

                                                                Colombian Press in Fine Art Printmaking
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PLYMOUTH COLLEGE OF ART 2016/17                                                          UNDERGRADUATE & POSTGRADUATE

                                                                     What’s the idea?
                                                                     FabLab stands for ‘Fabrication Laboratory’
                                                                     – a workshop housing highly sophisticated
                                                                     computer-aided design software and machinery.
                                                                     Each FabLab is a space to learn, experiment
                                                                     and create. By connecting to other FabLabs
                                                                     around the world, artists and makers can share

                                                                     ideas and knowledge, and solve problems

                                                                     What does it mean for students?
                                                                     FabLab Plymouth gives our students the power
                                                                     to turn their ideas into reality. Filmmakers and
                                                                     animators can print props and characters,
                                                                     costume and jewellery designers can prototype
                                                                     their designs, and fine artists and graphic
                                                                     designers can experiment with a whole new                      What kinds of projects happen in there?
                                                                     range of materials in their work. In the FabLab,               All students have access to the technologies
                                                                     students gain a deeper knowledge of the                        housed within the FabLab meaning a wide range
                                                                     machines, materials, design process, and                       of innovative new projects across art, design
                                                                     engineering involved in creating innovative                    and digital media. Our new 3D Design Crafts
                                                                     products and artworks.                                         programmes make full use of this while fashion
                                                                        It’s a great space to connect and collaborate,              students have used the laser cutter to create
                                                                     locally and globally. It encourages conversations              intricately cut garments and jewellery quickly
                                                                     and knowledge-sharing via direct video links,                  and at a low cost for their final shows.
                                                                     collaboration via open-source software, and the                We also open up the FabLab to artists,
                                                                     chance to build an international community with                designers and businesses to innovate and
                                                                     artists, makers and businesses.                                develop new processes, which subsequently
                                                                                                                                    informs our understanding of this constantly
                                                                     What will I find in Plymouth College                           developing technology.
                                                                     of Art’s FabLab?                                                   The EU-funded Crysalis Project saw national
                                                                     Our FabLab houses the latest 3D printers and                   and international artists explore smart textiles
                                                                     scanners, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, milling                such as heat-responsive LED lighting using
                                                                     machines, and a large wood router. There’s                     the electronics and robotics software Arduino
                                                                     also a suite of other electronic equipment that                as part of college-hosted event Rejuvenating
                                                                     enables students to create prototypes, models                  Craft – with these developed processes now
                                                                     and final artwork.                                             made available for experimentation using the
                                                                         We specialise in fusing traditional art                    software, platforms and technologies within
                                                                     practices with cutting-edge technologies. Our                  our FabLab.
                                                                     FabLab, which sits adjacent to our craft and                       Similarly, FabLab Plymouth manager
                                                                     design workshops, helps us create unique                       Ian Hankey developed a new metal-casting
                                                                     techniques and artworks that have the potential                technique which uses 3D printing to create
                                                                     to revolutionise the creative industries. Across               intricate bronze designs that wouldn’t otherwise
                                                                     all of our programmes, the FabLab creates                      be possible using traditional techniques. He’s
                                                                     exciting opportunities for doing things in a                   also experimented with producing a chainmail-
                                                                     new way.                                                       like ‘fabric’ with the 3D printer, creating a
                                                                                                                                    continuous and fluid material that can be used
                                                                                                                                    for garments.
We first opened our FabLab in September 2014 – but the                                                                                  The Serco Project has also seen our FabLab

international FabLab movement has been going since 2001, when        BA (Hons) Jewellery grad Eleanor Gooch                         help to develop new and innovative uses for tra-
                                                                                                                                    ditional materials and processes. Following an
the first one opened at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   made use of the technologies in the                            open course welcoming artists, small traders
                                                                     FabLab for her award-winning jewellery                         and creative businesses into the college, Dar-
There are now over 350 FabLabs around the world and we’ve            pieces of her final major project –
                                                                                                                                    tington Glass are now working with us to fabri-
                                                                                                                                    cate glass moulds using CNC and 3D software
built strong working relationships with Barcelona, Amsterdam         developing an innovative way of metal                          in less than half the time and with a higher level
                                                                                                                                    of accuracy than the traditional methods of
and Paris.                                                           mold-making using CAD technologies.                            having to hand-carve into graphite. ●

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BA (Hons) Illustration lecturer Tristan Manco is also an author,            ● What stood out for you about the college
                                                                        when you first joined?
                                                                                                                                         We give you options as an illustrator: as a
                                                                                                                                         freelancer, working within an agency, or starting
art director and curator. He oversaw the design of Blur’s ‘Think            TM: Firstly I was really wowed by the
                                                                        facilities, both across the college but also
                                                                                                                                         your own company. But we also encourage you
                                                                                                                                         to think about the transferrable skills that a
Tank’ album artwork, is a judge for the Association of Illustrators,    specifically in Illustration. We’ve got our own
                                                                        press and we encourage students to self-
                                                                                                                                         degree course gives you, and where they could
                                                                                                                                         take you. We try to instil a professional attitude,
and has been described as ‘the world’s leading authority on street      publish. This idea of an artist as a self-producer               and ideally help you start finding your own

art.’ We sat down for a chat...                                         is a big development in the last ten years within
                                                                        design and illustration – the idea that between
                                                                                                                                         clients in your last year.
                                                                                                                                             ● So students have the chance to work on
                                                                        clients you can be making your own products                      live briefs, and create their own brand?

                        In Conversation:
                                                                        and creating your own projects.                                      TM: Yep. Creating your brand, identifying
                                                                            But it’s also how switched on the staff and                  your market… You have to keep up with how

                                                                        students are here. In Illustration we’ve got a                   people work. The latest software, the latest
                                                                        really good team who offer lots of different                     ways of sharing and presenting work. But things
                                                                        angles on the subject. We’ve got traditional                     change quickly, and so you can’t be too specific
                                                                        practitioners doing story books and editorial,                   in what you teach: you also need to be teaching
                                                                        and we’ve got people more interested in zines                    general visual awareness, professional practice,
                                                                        and self-publishing. We’re all practising today,                 contextual theory – that kind of thing. You can’t
                                                                        so we know about the latest trends: what’s                       predict what roles there are going to be in a few
                                                                        going on, and what’s interesting at the moment.                  years’ time.

                                                                            ● How does having teachers who are also                          ● What does someone get from an Illustra-
                                                                        practising artists help students?                                tion degree that they wouldn’t otherwise?
                                                                            TM: Students are getting prepared earlier                        TM: When you reach the finish line, you feel
                                                                        and earlier, in that they’re thinking about their                how different you are as a practitioner from
                                                                        online presence and their portfolios. They’re                    what you were when you finished your A-levels.
                                                                        thinking about their personality as an illustrator,              A degree gives you three years of opportunity,
                                                                        the areas that they can specialise in, how to                    time and space. You can only go so far being
                                                                        stand out. And all these things we, as active                    self-taught. ●
                                                                        illustrators and makers ourselves, instil in them.
                                                                            I like illustration students to be aware of
                                                                        where their work could be used. It could be on
                                                                        a product, it could be in an app, it could be in
                                                                        an exhibition. It’s good to think outside of an
                                                                        A4 sheet of paper. The field of illustration is
                                                                        an area that’s growing. I like to think of the UK
                                                                        as a creative culture: we’ve got a big games
                                                                        industry, and we’re paving the way with design
                                                                        and illustration. Illustrators can jump in with
                                                                        all these different areas – it’s a good time
                                                                        for illustration.

                                                                       " All the teaching staff here are practising
                                                                         today, so we know about the latest
                                                                         trends – what’s going on, and what’s
                                                                         interesting at the moment."
                                                                        — Tristan Manco, BA (Hons) Illustration lecturer

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Alice Vandy’s unique range of digitally printed garments has been                     ● What were you doing before you joined us?
                                                                                  And what was the first thing you noticed about
garnering international acclaim since she graduated in our BA                     the college when you joined back in 2005?
                                                                                      AV: Prior to starting Fashion at the college,
(Hons) Fashion programme in 2008 – with her designs being worn                    I’d studied Fine Art. I knew I wanted to be a
                                                                                  fashion designer but at the time I hated sewing!
by celebrities like Jessie J, Little Mix, Cher Lloyd and Rita Ora. We             As I loved art, it was a more attractive route

asked her about her first impressions of the college, and how her                 to take. When I finally joined the college I
                                                                                  remember being really excited about mixing with
time with us helped her make the step up.                                         new creatives. The first thing that hit me was
                                                                                  just how vibrant the students were. Everyone
                                                                                  at Plymouth College of Art is unique – there’s a
                                                                                  really great energy.
                        In Conversation:                                              ● Students here often talk about the positive

                                                                                  relationship between students and staff. Was it
                                                                                  the same when you studied with us?
                                                                                      AV: Absolutely. I had a great relationship
                                                                                  with my lecturers. Art and design is, of course,
                                                                                  very subjective, so there will always be some
                                                                                  people who understand you more than others.
                                                                                  But I was always strong-minded, so I stuck to
                                                                                  my guns regardless – and the lecturers and

                                                                                  technicians at college were always supportive of
                                                                                  what I wanted to do.
                                                                                      ● And looking back at your time with us,
                                                                                  would you do it all again?
                                                                                      AV: A hundred percent. I always think if there
                                                                                  was an era I could go back to, it would be that. I
                                                                                  have really positive memories of my time there.
                                                                                  The facilities were all great, and sometimes
                                                                                  I find myself wishing I still had access to the
                                                                                  production equipment. And the surrounding
                                                                                  pubs and bars were fabulous too!                              ● Other than access to facilities and support
                                                                                                                                            from staff (... and the surrounding bars!),
                                                                                                                                            what do you think has helped you achieve the
                                                                                                                                            fantastic things that you have since graduating?
                                                                                                                                                AV: Drive and ambition. During my final year
                                                                                                                                            at college, I focused on doing exactly what I
                                                                                                                                            needed to do to end up with a strong portfolio.
                                                                                                                                            You have to be able to think for yourself, and
                                                                                                                                            not be too concerned with what other people
                                                                                                                                            are doing, as there is no right or wrong way. You
                                                                                                                                            need to come up with your own strategy that
                                                                        " The first thing that hit me about                                 suits your work. I have a long-term goal, but to
                                                                          the college was just how vibrant the                              get there I’ve worked out short-term goals. An
                                                                                                                                            ultimate ambition is completely reachable, but
                                                                          students were. Everyone is unique –                               it’s just working out how to get there.
                                                                          there’s a really great energy."                                       ● And so what advice would you give to
                                                                                                                                            young students who are thinking about moving
                                                                         — Alice Vandy, BA (Hons) Fashion graduate                          to Plymouth, to study with us?
                                                                                                                                                AV: Just do it! The college really nurtures
                                                                                                                                            creativity, and there’s a lot of one-on-one help.
                                                                                                                                            The lecturers treat everyone as an individual,
                                                                                                                                            and they’ll help you reach your own goals. And
                                                                                                                                            when you’re there, use the help as much as you
                                                                                                                                            can. Ask the right questions, and use all the
                                                                                                                                            support you can get – so that when you gradu-
                                                                                                                                            ate you’re fully prepared for life in industry. ●

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A Choice
   PLYMOUTH COLLEGE OF ART 2016/17                                                                  UNDERGRADUATE & POSTGRADUATE

                                                           But the importance of creativity goes deeper than that.            The idea of creativity as a lifelong pursuit inspired us
                                                           Creative invention is the magic that human societies have          to do something radical – we made a school. The Red
                                                           relied on for tens of thousands of years. Creative people          House is a place where four to 16-year-olds can learn
                                                           see things differently, they make things that didn’t exist         in a way that encourages their creativity, and exposes
                                                           before, and they know how to tell stories. Creative people         them to the possibility of a life of being awake creatively.
                                                           are able to express ideas and capture things in a way that         At the other end of the spectrum, we encourage skilled
                                                           the rest of the world can understand, be moved by, and             crafters and experienced artists to carry out their own
                                                           take as inspiration.                                               research, offering those who have already done a lot with
                                                                                                                              their creativity the chance to pursue new avenues. Our
                                                           A huge focus of our teaching is about bringing out the             postgraduate programmes encourage people to re-skill,
                                                           creativity that’s already inside you, and letting it take a        break new ground, and develop in new directions.
                                                           unique shape. We’re fascinated by the way that a person’s
                                                           creativity evolves over time. Here, we see all our students        This all has a huge influence on the atmosphere here.
                                                           developing a little bit more each day.                             We’re a creative ecosystem unlike anywhere else, in our
              We meet lots of people with great talent,                                                                       size, our space, and our philosophy. And that gives us a
                                                                                                                              certain kind of energy. We all learn from each other. And
              but who aren’t sure whether pursuing a                                                                          we all live what we do. ●
              creative path is the right thing to do. We
              don’t like bombarding people with
              statistics, but the truth is that the UK’s
              creative industries are booming. They’re
              our fastest-growing sector, and account
              for over 1.68 million jobs.

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PLYMOUTH COLLEGE OF ART 2016/17                                                          UNDERGRADUATE & POSTGRADUATE

Glass technical demonstrator Amy Whittingham and student Kelsii        ● How are students first introduced to
                                                                   working with glass – a material that many won’t
Burns take some time out in their favourite spot in the college,   have worked with to much extent before?
                                                                       AW: At the beginning we show them quite
our Glass Workshops, to chat falling in love with the material,    simple, but effective, processes. Hot glass is
                                                                   really quite impressive and intricate. Right from
why the college’s facilities are so crucial, and ‘touching the     the beginning we show them how to make a

untouchable’.                                                      droplet which they can turn into a paperweight
                                                                   and take home. It’s that quick.
                                                                       KB: When you first start, you don’t really          " We’re constantly communicating
                                                                   have any idea how to handle it, but I quickly fell        with technicians and lecturers
                    In Conversation:                               in love with it. It’s just beautiful, like touching
                                                                   the untouchable.                                          and you develop a very good

                                                                       ● And I guess for working with glass, having
                                                                   the right facilities is crucial.
                                                                                                                             relationship. Help’s always there
                                                                       KB: Definitely. You wouldn’t get the same             when you need it. It really pushes
                                                                   opportunities, with all the different areas of
                                                                   glassmaking – hot, cold, and warm processes –             us and our ideas."
                                                                   if you did it anywhere else. Here is the best.              — Kelsii Burns, BA (Hons) Glass
                                                                       AW: Yeah, the facilities here really are
                                                                   amazing. We have so much light coming into

           & Kelsii
                                                                   the studio which is a big help. We also have a
                                                                   big kiln which is brilliant for making large work.
                                                                   We’ve got so much space and everyone is
                                                                   connected.                                                               AW: There’s all of this knowledge and skills
                                                                       KB: And because of that you get to try lots of                   that the different technicians have. We all have
                                                                   new things. If I have an idea and can’t figure out                   different backgrounds and different specialisms
                                                                   a way to do it, you can use different facilities                     – glass blowing, cold working, working with
                                                                   or work in a different way. I’ve got friends who                     other materials like ceramics and metal. We
                                                                   work more in cold glass and casting but we                           each have a piece of the puzzle.
                                                                   still bounce ideas off each other. If we were                            And from a technician’s point of view it’s
                                                                   in a smaller space we’d be more tucked away                          really exciting. Students come to us with their
                                                                   and isolated.                                                        ideas and we help to make them a reality. We
                                                                       ● So how closely do the staff and the                            see the students a lot and you really see how
                                                                   students work together?                                              their ideas and skills develop. You see these
                                                                       KB: Students are constantly communicating                        people flourish.
                                                                   with technicians and lecturers. You develop                              KB: Ultimately it’s about them helping us find
                                                                   a very good relationship. Help’s always there                        our own way.
                                                                   when you need it. Talking to the technicians one                         ● And on top of the college’s staff, we bring
                                                                   on one has really helped me. It really pushes us                     in guest lecturers?
                                                                   and our ideas.                                                           KB: Yep. The students meet and learn
                                                                                                                                        from lots of visiting artists from different
                                                                                                                                        areas. There’s a really good range… At first
                                                                                                                                        I thought ‘I’m in hot glass, I don’t need to
                                                                                                                                        look at ceramics, I don’t need to broaden my
                                                                                                                                        knowledge in that because that’s not what I’m
                                                                                                                                        working with.’ But listening to them, you find
                                                                                                                                        concepts that are similar and you learn a lot.
                                                                                                                                            AW: And even the technicians come away
                                                                                                                                        with lots of hints and tips of ways of working
                                                                                                                                        that we’d never considered before. We had
                                                                                                                                        Liam Reeves come to visit and he gave a
                                                                                                                                        presentation on his work as a glassblower. That
                                                                                                                                        was just really exciting, seeing his journey and
                                                                   Right: Amy Whittingham                                               where he’d come from and where he is now.
                                                                   Glass Technical Demonstrator
                                                                                                                                        We’ve also had international artists like Michael
                                                                   Left: Kelsii Burns                                                   Petry, Sandy Brown, and lots of others. It’s a
                                                                   3rd Year BA (Hons) Glass                                             real perk of the job for me! ●

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Our students begin their professional careers the moment
they step into the college: we encourage everyone to think
of themselves as practitioners – photographers, illustrators,
designers, filmmakers – from day one.

               in to
All our programmes show students how to
combine their artistic talent with business
acumen, giving them the toolkit they need to be
successful in today’s creative economy. And we
give our students lots of opportunities to liaise
with a wide range of creative industries.
    Our Animation students, for example, have
taken part in huge international events in Lille
and Stuttgart. Our Fashion students regularly
visit Première Vision in Paris to identify trends          INSPIRATION AND NETWORKING
and manufacturers.                                         Our students can draw inspiration from
                                                           knowledge exchanges, where they share
BLURRING THE LINES BETWEEN                                 learning, ideas and experiences, exhibition
EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT                                     visits, lectures, and talks from experienced
Our students work on live briefs, set and                  professionals in the creative business
assessed by industry professionals. They get               community. We offer masterclasses, taught by
to see how a professional creative project is              industry experts in small, focused groups, and
handled from start to finish, including pitching           tailored business courses. Our careers advice,
and marketing ideas, project management,                   before and after graduation, includes a service
and being part of a creative team, as well as              that promotes international awards and events,
working directly with clients. They’re involved            relevant jobs, and internships.
with elements of the creative business process                 All of this means that you’ll hit the ground
that they wouldn’t otherwise be part of until              running in the UK’s fastest growing industry the
they entered the world of work.                            moment you graduate. ●

PLYMOUTH COLLEGE OF ART 2016/17                                                                                                      UNDERGRADUATE & POSTGRADUATE

We believe that creativity is a way of life. That, with the right                                               Our programme leaders work closely with
                                                                                                                local, regional and national creative industry
support, anyone can make a living doing something they love.                                                    employers. So our teaching is always relevant,
                                                                                                                and tailored to meet the needs of industry;
And that’s why we live by the three Es – Employability, Enterprise,                                             our students are equipped with the skills and
                                                                                                                thinking that they need to excel in working life,
and Entrepreneurship.                                                                                           from the moment they leave the college.
                                                                                                                   We also offer an array of extra services,
                                                                                                                designed to fit around your studies, which help

What Next?
                                                                                                                to make the transition from student life to the
                                                                                                                working world even easier.

                                                                                                                CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY IN ACTION
                                                                                                                ● Creative employers deliver workshops,
                                                                                                                seminars and masterclasses, ensuring that
                                                                                                                students hear the latest about industry, from

                                                                                                                ● ‘‘I’m a creative: What next?’ is our annual
                                                                                                                week-long conference of workshops and
                                                                                                                seminars. There’s the chance for students to
                                                                                                                meet and learn from industry practitioners and

                                                                                                                ● Our Design Hub is a space where external
                                                                                                                businesses and organisations can pitch live             " My first job after I graduated was an
                                                                                                                projects and briefs to students.
                                                                                                                                                                          internship with local gallery KARST,
                                                                                                                ● Our Job Wall offers up-to-date opportunities            which I found advertised on the
                                                                                                                to earn as you learn, advertising work and
                                                                                                                commissions to our students across all of our
                                                                                                                                                                          college Job Wall. Now I’m running
                                                                                                                programmes.                                               my own design studio."
                                                                                                                ● We also take part in a variety of major                   — Marcin Nowysz BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate
                                                                                                                fairs, festivals and shows – such as D&AD’s
                                                                                                                New Blood in Shoreditch, Cornwall’s Port Eliot
                                                                                                                Festival, design trade show TENT London, the
                                                                                                                International Contemporary Crafts Festival (one
                                                                                                                of the biggest in the UK), Free Range Shows,
                                                                                                                Graduate Fashion Week and The Clothes Show.

                                                                                                                                                                                           Right: Designer Justyna Michalowska visits our students
                                                                                                                They’re a chance for our students to sell their
                                                                                                                products and develop their public profiles as
                                                                                                                professional artists, as well as networking with
                                                                                                                creative agencies and organisations that they
                                                                                                                may want to work with in future. ●

                                                                      Left: Richie Manu - Founder of Consurgo

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                                  " We don’t wait
                                    for permission"
                                       Tim Bolton
                                       Vice Principal

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Located on the coast of Devon in the South West of England,
Plymouth is ‘Britain’s Ocean City’. With a beautiful waterfront
and harbour, plus plenty of stunning surrounding countryside,
our thriving city offers dazzling views, rich history and world-
class events.

Welcome to

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Left: Tinside Lido, The Hoe
                                                                             We have a strong connection to the water.
                                                                             Plymouth Hoe is where Sir Francis Drake
                                                                             played his last game of bowls before sailing
                                                                             to defeat the Spanish Armada. We also boast
                                                                             the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers
                                                                             set sail on their voyage to the New World. Our
                                                                             National Marine Aquarium is the biggest in the
                                                                             UK. And the beautiful River Tamar connects us         " I really like Royal William Yard and
                                                                             to neighbouring Cornwall.
                                                                                 Today, Plymouth is home to some 200,000
                                                                                                                                     I love the Hoe. This is the first
                                                                             people – plus an additional 60,000 students.            time I’ve had an ocean view in my
                                                                             They’re here because they love our wealth
                                                                             of independent shops, galleries, bars, cafes
                                                                                                                                     hometown so it’s really amazing.
                                                                             and restaurants. There’s a real metropolitan            And I like the pubs here!"
                                                                             feel here. You can catch a ferry to France and
                                                                             Spain - if you ever need to leave the South West       — Tatsunori Ishikawa, BA (Hons) Graphic Design
                                                                                 The home of Plymouth Argyle Football Club,

                                                                                                                                                                                       Right: Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard
                                     Left: Mayflower Steps on the Barbican

                                                                             as well as professional and semi-professional
                                                                             teams in basketball, rugby, roller derby and
                                                                             more, we’re also a city that enjoys our sports
                                                                             and events. Plymouth Life Centre is a leading
                                                                             sports complex, with pools, diving boards and
                                                                             climbing walls, while the world-famous British
                                                                             Firework Championships also take place
                                                                             annually, against the stunning backdrop of
                                                                             Plymouth Sound.
                                                                                 We’ve always loved our city, but lately there’s
                                                                             an even greater buzz to the place than usual.
                                                                             Come and find out for yourself. ●

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PLYMOUTH COLLEGE OF ART 2016/17                                                                           UNDERGRADUATE & POSTGRADUATE

 Explore your creativity in a city bubbling with dynamic
 projects. There’s something special about the way that music,
 art and film blend in Plymouth. Established art venues like
 Plymouth Arts Centre house innovative exhibitions and
 independent film under the same roof. And DIY spaces like the
 Junction are passionate promoters of both unsigned bands and
 local makers – hosting live music and record launches,
 alongside illustration and zine fairs.

                                    If you’re looking for projects to get involved                                                          The Plymouth Pavilions draws the biggest
                                    with during your studies here, check out the                                                            names in music and comedy, while the
                                    exciting, fresh enterprises springing up around                                                         Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, who
                                    the city. The River Tamar Project recently          " I am hugely proud of what my                      we work closely with, houses a fascinating
                                    produced an outdoor film festival beside the                                                            permanent collection – as well as featuring
                                    river, while contemporary arts venue KARST            group and I achieved during the                   visiting work on loan from the Tate.
                                    hosts regular residencies and shows. Radiant
                                    Space combines a bustling tea room with
                                                                                          short amount of time we had, and                  Plymouth is a city where culture is thriving,
                                    creative workspaces, perfect for grabbing a bite      of what we planned, prepared and                  so whether you’re looking for inspiration or a
                                    while you work. And Prynne Chapel, the Alamo
                                    Project and Ocean Studios are all collaborative
                                                                                          proposed to Plymouth City Muse-                   project to throw yourself into, here you can find
                                                                                                                                            everything you need to take the next steps in
                                    facilities just waiting for your ideas.               um and Art Gallery for the Tate’s                 your creative journey.

                                    Plymouth’s artistic spirit also shines in the         exhibition of Gerhard Richter’s                   For inspiration and more, visit
                                    Theatre Royal, the largest and best-attended          work. I am really looking forward                 plymouthartscentre.org
                                    regional producing theatre in the UK. As well as                                                        theatreroyal.com
                                    bringing luminaries such as Matthew Bourne            to working further with them –                    barbicantheatre.co.uk
                                    and the theatre company Complicite to the
                                    South West, our relationship with the theatre
                                                                                          such a good opportunity."                         thealamoproject.uk
                                    provides opportunities for regular collaborations    Jess Wright                                        tamarproject.org.uk
                                    and industry experience.                             BA (Hons) Fine Art student                         plymouthdance.org.uk

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Recent Photography grads Matt Sheather and Andy Ford enjoy a
coffee in Prime Cafe and Bar and answer some questions about
the college’s independence, seemingly endless resources, and
how joining changed how they saw their practice.

                                                                        ● What made you want to study for a degree
                 In Conversation:                                  rather than just trying to learn yourself?

                                                                        AF: Studying at college gives you so many
                                                                   great opportunities. People are always thinking
                                                                   of projects they’d like to do. Without the support
                                                                   network in college and people pushing you, it’s
                                                                   a lot harder to find these opportunities.
                                                                        MS: For me it was a natural progression. I
                                                                   studied the degree programme after finishing an
                                                                   Extended Diploma here. The access to facilities

                                                                   and resources I got here I wouldn’t have got
                                                                   anywhere else.
                                                                        ● So what has the college made you focus
                                                                   on and realise that you previously hadn’t?
                                                                        AF: It definitely changes the way you think
                                                                   about your work. You start to consider what
                                                                   you want to achieve, rather than just seeing
                                                                   something you think is cool and taking photos

                                                                   of that. When I first came to college my portfolio
                                                                   was a disparate collection of good photos but
                                                                   with no real cohesive thought to them. It’s a lot
                                                                   different now.
                                                                        MS: The college really opened my eyes.
                                                                   If I wanted to try something new, it was
                                                                   encouraged. And through studying I became
                                                                   really interested in the written side of my
                                                                   practice. My practice developed in every way –
                                                                   technically and theoretically.
                                                                        AF: Going to college simply massively
                                                                   develops your work, because you’re forced to
                                                                   sit down and pull it apart, comparing it to what
                                                                   else is out there. It makes your work a lot more
                                                                        ● And how important is access to
                                                                        AF: Really important. For example, I’d never
                                                                   shot on large format cameras before but
                                                                   having the college’s facilities meant I could
                                                                   try those kinds of new approaches. Having
Left: Andy Ford, BA (Hons) Photography graduate                    access to things like lighting and studios
Right: Matthew Sheather, BA (Hons) Photography graduate            gives you a really good opportunity to push


                                                            your work and embrace things that you might
                                                            not be comfortable with. I’ve never been a
                                                            natural studio photographer but I can do it
                                                            because I did it at college. When I get offered
                                                            commissions which are studio-based, I know I’ll
                                                            do a good job.
                                                                MS: From my first day I was encouraged to
                                                            use the whole of the college as a resource.
                                                            There were no limitations really. And I knew
                                                            there was never going to be another time in my
                                                            life I could use a photographic studio one day
                                                            and a ceramics studio the next. It really pushes
                                                            you to try new things.
                                                                AF: There’s loads of opportunity for
                                                            crossover when you’re surrounded by people
                                                            who are constantly making things. It’s a
                                                            different mindset from what you’d get if you
                                                            were, say, next door to an accountancy school.
                                                                ● So it makes a big difference the fact that
                                                            the college is a specialist art school, rather
                                                            than a department within a bigger university?
                                                                AF: It’s not like being at a university where
                                                            you’ve got an art department and, say, a
                                                            business school within the same building.
                                                            Everyone here has that creative thing.
                                                                MS: Being immersed by creativity made all
                                                            the difference to my studies. Knowing that in
                                                            every room someone is making something is
                                                            really inspiring.
                                                                ● And the college being an independent
                                                            institution is part of that?
                                                                AF: Definitely. Because the college has
                                                            been able to forge its own identity rather than
                                                            being a little, weird offshoot of something else.
                                                            We’ve been bold in our vision – like with all the
                                                            new buildings and facilities – and we wouldn’t
                                                            have been able to do that if we were part of a
                                                            massive structure.
                                                                MS: It also makes you feel like you’re a part
                                                            of something different and unique. There’s
                                                            a great community here between the staff
                                                            and students – because we’re specialist and

                                               " There’s loads of opportunity for
                                                 crossover when you’re surrounded
                                                 by people who are constantly
                                                 making things."
                                                   — Andy Ford, BA (Hons) Photography graduate

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                                                                          " The energy that
Student work by Molly Milldren (left)
Shauna Cooper (right)

                                                                            brought you here
                                                                            is what we're
                                                                            interested in."
                                                                           Professor Andrew Brewerton
                                                                           Principal & Chief Executive

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   Gems, Jaunts
   & Hideaways
Stock up on culture, take in a view or
eat out on a budget. Whatever you’re
up for, you’ll find it in Devon’s fastest
-changing city. Here’s what floats the
boats of some of our staff and students:
The Hoe – Chris Perk                     Bread & Roses Pub – Josh Blackwell
BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts            BA (Hons) Graphic Design
“If the sun’s out, there’s nowhere       “It’s this amazing community arts
better to be than the Hoe. You get       pub just around the corner from the
these incredible views out towards       college. They put on live music, little
Plymouth Sound, and there’s a            exhibitions and screenings, and the
stunning lighthouse.”                    beer is pretty good too.”

Port Eliot Festival – Katie Beasley      Exile – Stevie Ann Thompson
Lecturer, BA (Hons) Fashion              Level 0 Jewellery and Silversmithing
“This is a pretty dreamy literature      “If you want to eat like a horse but
and arts festival that happens every     don’t want to pay through the nose,
July, just outside Plymouth. I always    Exile (which used to be called Tiki
leave inspired.”                         Bar) is perfect. It’s only 30 seconds
                                         from the college. And there’s a live
Tinside Lido – Alana Harrison            music venue downstairs.”
BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts
“As soon as it remotely resembles        The Theatre Royal – Charley Stanbury,
summer, I’m down here. It’s an Art       BA (Hons) Costume Production &
Deco lido from the 1930s, a bit of       Associated Crafts
an architectural gem, and you look       “From classic Shakespeare to
out over the sea while you swim. It      modern plays by up-and-coming
makes me feel like I’m in The Great      writers, I’ve found loads of things to
Gatsby.”                                 see at the Theatre Royal. No need to
                                         trek to London for great theatre!
Plymouth Arts Centre – Andy Ford         And you get money off with your
BA (Hons) Photography                    student card.”
“It shows loads of independent and
alternative films throughout the year,
and it’s also a great place to hang
out, grab a drink or have a bite
to eat.”

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                              With a rapidly-growing creative scene and over                                                 How would you describe Plymouth as
                                                                                                                             a place to live?
                              60,000 students, Plymouth has loads of energy.                                                 SD: It’s a great combination of being a hectic
                              We asked Sam Donohoe, a recent Graphic Design                                                  city whilst also being a place where you can
                                                                                                                             go and relax by the sea. I didn’t want to go to
                              graduate, to tell us about the city, and what it’s                                             a really manic city like London or Leeds, I just
                              like to be a student here on the South Coast.                                                  wanted to be in a fairly chilled-out place that
                                                                                                                             still had lots of stuff going on. The nightlife is
                                                                                                                             really good, and cheap – very cheap! There are
                                                                                                                             always things to do, little festivals to go to:

                                                                                                                             there’s a mini music festival at Freedom Fields
                                                                                                                             which is really cool. You can relax by the sea on
                                                                                                                             the Hoe and on the Barbican, or go camping or
                                                                                                                             climbing on Dartmoor. There are loads of nice
                                                                                                                             pubs and restaurants. Any time friends visited,
                                                                                                                             they always said it felt like a cool place to live. I
                                                                                                                             think they were a bit jealous actually!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Right: MTV Crashes Plymouth on the Hoe
                                                                                                                            " I didn’t want to go to a really
                                                                                                                              manic city like London or Leeds,
                                                                                                                              I just wanted to be in a fairly
                                                                                                                              chilled out place that still had
                                                                                                                              lots of stuff going on."
                                                                                                                             — Sam Donohoe, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 And was it easy to find accommodation?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SD: Yes. There’s plenty of student
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 accommodation in Plymouth, and the cost of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 living here is cheap compared to most cities.
                                                                                         CONNECTED PLYMOUTH                                                                                                                                                      The college can offer dedicated students halls
                                                                                         Direct trains to London                                                                                                                                                 and houses and everything you could need to
                                                                                         throughout the day, with journey                                                                                                                                        know is in a guide on the college website, and
                                                                                         times of just over three hours.                                                                                                                                         the student support team are really helpful too.
                                                                                         We’re forty minutes from an
                                                                                         airport, connecting us with                                                                                                                                             Do you have a favourite hangout in Plymouth?

                                                                                                                                                                                     Left: Boston Tea Party, Barbican
                                                                                         the world.                                                                                                                                                              SD: Bac Bar is one of my favourite places to go.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The music’s good, and the drinks are cheap.
Right: Plymouth Arts Centre

                                                                                         Ferries from Plymouth to                                                                                                                                                North Hill in general is good to go out in as
                                                                                         France and Spain.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 well. You could go into loads of different bars
                                                                                         Single ticket to London by                                                                                                                                              without having to walk much more than 50
                                                                                         Megabus from £6, booked                                                                                                                                                 metres! That’s where the majority of people go
                                                                                         in advance.                                                                                                                                                             for a good night out. KARST, which is a local
                                                                                         Time to walk from the college
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 arts space, and the college’s Gallery also have
                                                                                         to the Barbican seafront –                                                                                                                                              openings where you can see a new exhibition
                                                                                         seven minutes.                                                                                                                                                          and have a drink at the same time. ●

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Tatsu Ishikawa is a BA (Hons) Graphic Design student who moved         ● Why did you decide that you wanted to
                                                                  travel and study abroad?
                                                                                                                                     I also had a great opportunity to brand the
                                                                                                                                     college’s Fashion Show in 2014. I produced
to the college three years ago from his home near Tokyo, Japan.        TI: I knew that studying Graphic Design and
                                                                  improving my English by moving and living in
                                                                                                                                     the creative, designed the look book, and
                                                                                                                                     photographed student work. Afterwards the
We talked to him about making the move to study in the UK, how    the UK would be the best way to forward my
                                                                  career and help me get a job once I graduate.
                                                                                                                                     Fashion lecturer came back to give me more
                                                                                                                                     branding design projects, which was great
the college helped to make it a smooth transition, and why he’s   And I’ve also been really interested in the UK’s                   because it meant that the client was really

fallen for Plymouth.                                              subcultures, music and fashion – everything
                                                                  really. Even though I’d never been abroad
                                                                                                                                     happy with my work. That project gave me loads
                                                                                                                                     of confidence.

      Tokyo to
                                                                  before, I just really wanted to experience the UK                      ● So, looking back, moving to the UK and
                                                                  culture first hand.                                                choosing to study in Plymouth has been a good
                                                                       ● How did you find the process of applying                    decision?
                                                                  to the college as an international student?                            TI: Yeah, it’s been even better than I
                                                                       TI: It was really smooth. I was able to send                  expected. I’ve got really nice friends, I’ve
                                                                  my portfolio as a PDF file for my Programme                        got really nice lecturers and loads of nice
                                                                  Leader to see and I had a lot of contact with                      colleagues as well…. I hadn’t imagined that
                                                                  [the college’s Admissions Manager] Susannah                        I would experience so much. So yes, looking

                                                                  Chambers before I arrived. When I found out                        back it was a great decision. ●
                                                                  I’d got into the college I nearly cried. I was just
                                                                  so happy.
                                                                       How friendly and helpful Susannah was
                                                                  was one of the reasons I chose to study at
                                                                  the college. She helped me get the train from
                                                                  Paddington to Plymouth and when I arrived into
                                                                  Plymouth train station, Susannah was there                 " Admissions Manager Susannah
                                                                  waiting for me. She had a name board with
                                                                  ‘Welcome Tatsu’ written on it, helped me get to
                                                                                                                               was a big reason I chose to study
                                                                  the college, and even helped me find a room!                 at the college. She helped me get
                                                                  She is my hero.
                                                                       ● Now you’ve had some time to settle into               the train to Plymouth and even
                                                                  Plymouth, what are some of your favourite bits
                                                                  about the city?
                                                                                                                               met me at the station."
                                                                       TI: Plymouth is quite a chilled-out and                — Tatsunori Ishikawa, BA (Hons) Graphic Design
                                                                  relaxed place, which helped me to settle in.
                                                                  I really like Royal William Yard and I love the
                                                                  Hoe. This is the first time I’ve had an ocean
                                                                  view in my hometown so it’s really amazing. And
                                                                  I like the pubs here! I’ve been to lots of gigs,
                                                                  exhibitions, and shows since I’ve arrived and
                                                                  I’ve also explored other beautiful local areas
                                                                  like Exeter, Totnes and St Ives.... The view at St
                                                                  Ives is the most beautiful ocean view I’ve seen
                                                                  in my life. It’s a completely different experience
                                                                  to my country, but a really positive one.
                                                                       ● And how have you found the course?
                                                                       TI: It’s been great. In my first year,
                                                                  we covered loads of printing techniques:
                                                                  hand printing techniques like lino printing,
                                                                  screen printing, and letterpressing. I hadn’t
                                                                  experienced anything like that before, so it was
                                                                  very interesting. All the desks have Macs which
                                                                  is great. It’s even better than I thought.

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