About Plymouth College of Art
Plymouth College of Art is an independent university-sector art school run by artists and
designers for artists and designers. Established in 1856, the college is widely regarded
as a dynamic catalyst for creative learning and social justice, offering courses at
undergraduate, postgraduate and pre-degree level.
The college’s Schools & Outreach team work to raise aspirations and awareness of
post-16 and post-18 arts education and routes into industry. From career fairs to online
workshops, and employability talks to portfolio support - discover how Plymouth College of
Art can support your students through meaningful encounters with art, design, craft and
The team are passionate about building links with schools and colleges all over the
country and endeavour to deliver first hand, relatable experiences to inspire your students
to continue on with their arts education. Learners can be connected with current students
and alumni for an insight into life on campus and industry prospects beyond graduation.
Critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving are all vital transferable skills in the
modern workplace and now more than ever it is essential for students to gain resilience. In
fact, since 2010, the value of the creative industries to the UK economy has increased by
53.1%, estimated (before the pandemic) and is projected to increase to £130 billion by
2025. A recent report also found that 87% of creative industry workers are highly resistant to
the risk of losing their role to automation in future. By booking an outreach activity with
Plymouth College of Art, you are helping future-proof your students for a rewarding career in
any sector, whilst equipping individuals with the confidence to adapt and succeed in an
The college is committed to supporting your school or college in reaching your Gatsby
Benchmarks (4, 5, 6 and 7) and facilitating good career guidance. To view a full list of
bookable activities please visit our website or email [email protected] to discuss a bespoke solution.
Organising workshops is one of the best ways to give students an insight into studying arts subjects at degree level. We can provide everything from beginner or taster sessions to full projects. If there is a specialist discipline that you require, let us know and we can organise it for you. No matter what format we deliver our workshops, whether that is on-site or online, we assure you that your students will receive a high-quality creative experience designed to encourage them to think about their career options.
Information, Advice and Guidance
As well as workshops we are here to offer guidance and support, and can offer
presentations and advice on student funding and UCAS applications, as well as
course-specific talks for students wanting to learn more about specific areas of study. Our
practicing creative professionals are on hand to talk through their professional expertise and journey to inspire and inform your students.
Study at Plymouth College of Art