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Plymouth College of Art

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Exterior of Plymouth College of Art main building and gallery space
Exterior of Plymouth College of Art main building and gallery space

Coordinates: 50°22′23″N 4°08′13″W / 50.373°N 4.137°W / 50.373; -4.137

The Red House free school
The Red House free school

Plymouth College of Art - formerly called Plymouth College of Art and Design - is a specialist arts college located in Plymouth, Devon. It was founded as the Plymouth Drawing School in 1856,[1] and remains one of the last specialist art colleges in the United Kingdom.[2] The College provides art and design education, specialising in the fields of art, design, crafts and media. Plymouth College of Art offers foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a range of art, design and digital media subjects as well as creative pre-degree courses. Pre-Degree courses includes a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.[3]

The Gallery and Fab Lab Plymouth[4] are both located in the city centre campus, offering a range of short courses, masterclasses, and National Art & Design Young Arts Club. The college is a UK Advisory Council Member of the Creative Industries Federation, a Member of the Crafts Council Advisory Group and a Steering Group Member of the Cultural Learning Alliance.

The College caters for approximately 2,000 students, with around 85% of full-time students on Higher Education courses in 2017.[5] Over 400 members of staff are employed by the college. Students are enrolled from the local area, the wider south-west region, and further afield in the United Kingdom. The college also attracts international students[6], with Erasmus+ partnership institutions across Europe including Design Academy Eindhoven and National Academy of Art, Sofia.[7]

The College is administered by a corporation.[8]

Palace Court, Plymouth College of Art's Pre-Degree campus
Palace Court, Plymouth College of Art's Pre-Degree campus

In 2013 the college founded the city-centre free school for 4 to 16-year-olds Plymouth School of Creative Arts. Together the school and college have established a radical and progressive continuum of creative learning and practice in the region that extends from early years to Masters level study. The school’s award-winning landmark building The Red House was formally opened by Tate Director Sir Nicholas Serota who hailed the opening as “a historic event in the history of education in this country”.[9]

In 2006, Plymouth College of Art and Design ended its membership of the University of Plymouth's Partner Colleges network, having completed its contractual obligations.[2] Until 2007, Plymouth College of Art's degree courses were accredited by the University of Plymouth. Since 2008, the college's degree awards have been accredited by the Open University.[10]

Plymouth College of Art and Design was renamed in December 2008, and became Plymouth College of Art.[11]

Honorary Degrees

In 2009, the college awarded two honorary degrees which were conferred by The Open University. Artist Anthony Frost was awarded an honorary Master of The Open University and Raindance founder Elliot Grove was awarded an honorary Doctor of The Open University for their services to art and education and culture respectively.[12]

Honorary fellowships have since been offered to artist David McKee, Toby Gorniak MBE, Peter Jenkinson OBE, Sir John Sorrell CBE and Lady Frances Sorrell OBE among others. The most recent honorary fellows were Sir Nicholas Serota and Richard Deacon CBE in 2017.[13]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Unknown (27 July 2007). "Getting Into University: A-Z Unis & Colleges". The Independent. Retrieved 6 November 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Partnership announcement". University of Plymouth. 28 April 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
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  4. ^ "Fab Lab Plymouth". Fab Lab Plymouth. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  5. ^ "Page 1 Plymouth College of Art and Design" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
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  7. ^ "Erasmus+ — Study — Plymouth College of Art". Plymouth College of Art. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  8. ^ "Corporation and Governance". Plymouth College of Art. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
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  11. ^ unknown author (20 January 2009). "Name Change at Art College". South West Media Group. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
  12. ^ "A college 'first' as artists are honoured". West Briton. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Plymouth College of Art awards Honorary Fellowships to Sir Nicholas Serota and Richard Deacon CBE | Devon and Cornwall Business Council". Retrieved 2018-05-03.

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