Plymouth College of Art

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

Exterior of Plymouth College of Art main building and Gallery
FabLab Plymouth, 3D printing facilities
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 a few 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 include creative A-Levels, BTEC Extended Diplomas, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and Creative Apprenticeships.[3]

The College caters for approximately 2,000 students, with around 40% of full-time students on Higher Education courses in 2004.[4] Over 250 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.[5]

The College is administered by a corporation.[6]

In 2012, the College founded a free school, Plymouth School of Creative Arts, which is a city-centre school providing mainstream education for 4-16 year olds.[7]

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.[8]

Plymouth College of Art and Design was renamed in December 2008, and became Plymouth College of Art.[9]

Transferred to the HE Sector 4 July 2014 [10]

Honorary Degrees[edit]

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.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Partnership announcement". University of Plymouth. 28 April 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
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  4. ^ "Page 1 Plymouth College of Art and Design" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
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  6. ^ "Corporation and Governance". Plymouth College of Art. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
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  9. ^ unknown author (20 January 2009). "Name Change at Art College". South West Media Group. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
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  11. ^ "A college 'first' as artists are honoured". West Briton. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 

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