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Contents Address: Tavistock Place, Plymouth, PL4 8AT Tel: 01752 203 434 Minicom: 01752 203 450 Fax: 01752 203 444 Email: enquiries@pcad.ac.uk Website: www.pcad.ac.uk

Our Courses

First Diploma Art and Design

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National Diploma Art and Design

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Case Study

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National Diploma Digital Graphics and Interactive Media

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Case Study

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National Diploma Fashion and Textiles

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Case Study

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National Diploma Graphic Design and Illustration

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Case Study

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National Diploma Media (Television and Film)

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Case Study

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National Diploma Photography Case Study

Emily Westaway National Diploma Fashion and Textiles

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The College

Case Study

Why Choose Us?

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About Our Courses

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How to Apply

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Advice on Applying

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City of Plymouth

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The College

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The Creative Industries Sector

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College Facilities

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Exhibitions and Events

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Student Life

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Student Support

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Foundation Diploma Art and Design

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How to Find Us

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Case Study

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Acknowledgements

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Foundation Degree Level 0 Programmes

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Index

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Why choose us?

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We pride ourselves on being a friendly and intimate institution. This enables our lecturers to give individually focused teaching and take a personal interest in the progress of each and every student. We ‘go the extra mile’ to identify and cater to their learning needs from start to finish of the programme. Above all, we listen. We offer a unique and intensely creative learning experience, delivered by a team of passionate and industry-led lecturers.

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We have specialist workshop resources across a wide range of art, design and media disciplines. These are open to all students regardless of their chosen specialism.

one of the few remaining

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independent institutions

We pride ourselves on standing out from the crowd because we want to help you stand out too.

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If you’re looking for somewhere to grow into a trained and original creative practitioner; somewhere with the reputation and experience to deliver results; and somewhere you’ll feel supported, informed and inspired every step of the way, Plymouth College of Art is the ideal choice.

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Based in Plymouth, we have the best of both worlds – a lively and exciting city to live and work in, and the beauty of Devon and Cornwall’s moorlands, beaches and waters to relax in and be inspired by. The Southwest also has the largest concentration of designers and makers outside of London, so our local community is brimming with creativity – there’s no shortage of inspiration here.

Plymouth College of Art is

specialising in art, design and media courses with the whole ethos of the College based around being approachable, flexible and innovative. 2

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Level 6

About our Courses

BA (Hons) Degree

Level 5 • • • •

NVQ 4 Foundation Degree Higher National Diploma Higher National Certificate

Level 4 • •

Progression Routes

Level 0 Foundation Degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Level 4 Certificates

Level 3 • • •

Apprenticeship NVQ 3 BTEC National Award, Certificate and Diploma 14 - 19 Diploma, Advanced

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Apprenticeship NVQ 2 BTEC First Diploma/ Certificate GCSE Grade A* to C NFCE Level 2 14 - 19 Diploma, Higher

Level 1 • • • • •

NVQ 1 BTEC Introductory GCSE Grade D to F NCFE Level 1 14 - 19 Diploma, Foundation

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First Diploma in Art and Design For those students who didn’t do so well in their GCSE’s but know they wish to specialise in Art and Design, we offer a First Diploma which is the equivalent of 4/5 GCSE’s and upon successful completion will enable you to progress straight onto one of our National Diploma courses. In partnership with the Tamar Valley Consortium, the College also offers the First Certificate where students are able to continue studying at school but attend the College to study Art and Design from the age of 14.

National Diplomas For those students finishing their GCSE’s and who wish to study in a creative and inspiring environment we offer a number of specialist National Diploma courses. These are the equivalent of 3 A-levels and will enable you to progress directly onto a relevant university level (HE) programme in this College and other Universities.

14-19 Diplomas The Creative and Media Diploma is an exciting new qualification which Plymouth College of Art will be offering from September 2009. It will complement the successful BTEC First and National Diplomas that the College already offers and will be available at three levels: Level 1 – Foundation Level Level 2 – Higher Level Level 3 – Advanced Level Level 3 will enable progression into Higher Education. All schools and colleges within the City of Plymouth will be working in partnership to deliver the Diploma. The College will be offering both Level 2 and Level 3 (Higher and Advanced) as full time post-16 courses and will be delivering units at Levels 1 and 2 to students in schools and community colleges who wish to access the high quality resources and teaching available at Plymouth College of Art. Please refer to our separate leaflet detailing our provision.

Pre-Degree Courses Foundation Diploma The College also offers a number of courses that are specifically designed as pre-entry qualifications to university level programmes that are suitable for those who wish to return to study or a career change. For those who have just finished their A-levels and are either unsure about which area of Art and Design they wish to specialise in or ultimately need to strengthen their knowledge and skills in a certain area by building up an extensive portfolio, we offer a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Level 3 and 4 and an extended Foundation Degree Level 0.

Degree Programmes The College also offers a wide range of degree programmes. Please take a look at our Higher Education Prospectus for further information.

Part-Time and Short Courses The College also offers a wide range of part-time and short courses which are open to fulltime students and individuals. For further information about our part-time provision, please look on our website.

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How to Apply

You can make your application at any time during the year. Interviews are offered all year round. If you need help or advice to complete the application form, please contact the Information Point on 01752 203 434 or email enquiries@pcad.ac.uk 6

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To apply for any of the courses in this prospectus you will need to complete our online College application form, which can be found on our website: www.pcad.ac.uk. Alternatively printed applications forms are also available from the Information Point: Plymouth College of Art Tavistock Place Plymouth Devon PL4 8AT 01752 203 434 enquiries@pcad.ac.uk The College welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

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Advice on Applying Interviews and Portfolios

Equality and Diversity

Although the application form provides background on your qualifications and previous experience, studying the arts is about so much more than that.

We are very pleased to receive applications from individuals with disabilities. If you have a learning difficulty or disability and would like to discuss the opportunities and support available to you, please contact our Disability and Learning Development Advisor, on 01752 203 478.

We want to see your creative potential, ability and passion and for this reason you may be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of your work. This will provide you with an opportunity to talk about your aspirations, what inspires you and why you want to study at the College, and gives us a chance to explain what we, as a College, can offer you. By showing us your portfolio we will be able to consider your specific interests and abilities to help us, and you, decide whether Plymouth College of Art is the right place for you to study. Please have a look on our website for our portfolio guide.

Copies of our Equal Opportunities and Racial Equality Policies, Disability Equality Scheme and our Gender Equality Scheme are available from the Information Point and on our website.

Advisory/Pre-Application Interviews Advisory interviews are there to help. If you need guidance, further information or would just like to talk through your options, these interviews offer the perfect opportunity. Held with a member of the College Advisory Team, you will be given advice about the area of Art and Design that may be suitable for you and how to develop your portfolio for interview. It is also advisable to bring along any work that you may have. To book an advisory interview please contact the Information Point on 01752 203 434 or email enquiries@pcad.ac.uk

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Students Without Formal Qualifications We actively encourage applications from students, who may not necessarily have any formal qualifications, but can demonstrate that they would benefit from one of our courses. Pre-application interviews are available with a member of the College Advisory Team. To make an appointment please contact the Information Point on 01752 203 434.

College Open Days Before deciding where and what to study, it is important that you find out as much as you can about the place and the course you are interested in. Our Open Days are a chance for you to get a feel for Plymouth and the College, to see for yourself just what we can offer. Details of Open Days can be obtained from the College website, www.pcad.ac.uk, where you can book your place, or email marketing@pcad.ac.uk. If you cannot attend an Open Day we would be happy to arrange a visit at another time; please contact Marketing on 01752 203 434 to arrange a convenient time.

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What will I do?

First Diploma Art and Design

You will have the opportunity to work towards developing expertise in a range of Art and Design skills. The course will include: • • • • • • • •

Careers: • • • • • • • • • • • •

Ceramics Advertising Film editor Model-making Digital media 2D/3D Animator Industrial design Theatre/Set design Fashion and Textiles Publishing and printing Three-dimensional design Furniture and product design

“During the Summer Show my work was selected to take part in a touring exhibition. It feels unreal to be selected and I didn’t expect anything like this to happen to me during this course.” Damon Tole

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Photography: Digital and SLR Textiles and Fashion Moving Image: Animation and Adobe Premier Ceramics Print Graphics: Adobe Photoshop 2D and 3D Design Drawing and Painting

You will also be starting to build your knowledge on contemporary and historical art movements within your practice.

How long is the course? 1 year full time

What qualifications will I gain? •

BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design equivalent to 5 GCSE’s A* - C

Learning Skills and Complementary qualifications are embedded into this course

What qualifications will I need? We normally offer places to students who have a GCSE profile below that required for a National Diploma and/or who show commitment, enthusiasm and suitability to Art and Design through examples of creative work.

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What can I do next? Upon successful completion you can progress to one of our National Diploma courses in Graphic Design and Illustration, Photography, Fashion and Textiles, Media or Digital Graphics.

Alisa Knazeva

James West

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Case Study

Describe your course - what is it like? “The course is a lot of work with a lot of variety and different techniques and workshops that you can try out. My parents didn’t really know what my course was all about until they came to the Summer Show and they were really impressed to see what goes on and what work is produced.”

What do you think of the facilities at Plymouth College of Art? “I use the darkrooms a lot. I love the feeling of being in there as you feel like you are doing something important. The whole College is really good for equipment as it has everything you need.” Damon Tole First Diploma Art and Design

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What will I do?

National Diploma Art and Design

This course is designed for those students who know they want to pursue a career in Art and Design but wish to explore further their chosen route. You will work towards developing expertise in a range of Art and Design skills by covering a variety of different workshops to support your art work. These consist of: • • • • • • •

Careers: • • • • •

Photographer Graphic Designer Interior Designer Fabric and Textile Design Fashion Designer/Illustrator (Surface Pattern)

Drawing and visual experimentation Printmaking Photography Sculpture 3D including ceramics, mixed media, metals and spatial Textiles A variety of software and editing programmes

Research of contemporary and historical art movements will be integrated within your studio sessions and supported with visiting artists.

How long is the course? 2 years full time

What qualifications will I gain?

“It has been a really good two years. It is hard to look back and think you’ve learnt so many new things and both you and your work have changed so much. The spectrum of work that you are allowed to do is cool.”

National Diploma – equivalent to 3 full A-Levels

Learning Skills and Complementary qualifications are embedded into this course

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What qualifications will I need? We normally offer places to students who have at least 4 GCSEs at grade A* - C and who can show commitment and enthusiasm for Art and Design through examples of creative work. If you do not have the necessary experience or qualifications we offer a First Diploma (see pages 8 to 9) which upon successful completion may enable progression to a National Diploma course.

What can I do next? Successful students may progress to a variety of higher education programmes at Plymouth College of Art, for example Foundation Degrees in Fine Art Practices, Graphic Design, Applied Arts or gain entry to degree level courses at other Colleges and Universities. Alternatively you may choose to look for employment.

Glynn Phillips

How to Apply Apply online at www.pcad.ac.uk For full application details and helpful advice turn to pages 6 - 7. Patrick Sheehan

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Describe your course - what is it like? “The course is brilliant especially if you don’t know what to do and is a great taster course to get to know yourself and what you are good at. In the first year you are given assignments and boundaries but in the second year you get more freedom. The course is fun and you can take advantage of all the things you can do.”

What have you enjoyed most about being a student and your time spent at the College? “I really enjoyed the Summer Show; I was awarded a Student Prize this year which I was really chuffed about and I think it is great that the College acknowledges people.” Patrick Sheehan National Diploma Art and Design

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Edward Bennett | Foundation Diploma Art and Design

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What will I do?

National Diploma Digital Graphics and Interactive Media

Careers: • • • • •

First year units are structured to give you a better understanding of how communication is used in multidisciplines and with audiences through design issues, using formal elements and the use of appropriate software.

Digital Design Visual Designer Website Designer Exhibition Designer Multimedia Designer

“Before joining Plymouth College of Art, I was a home student so it was really nice to be surrounded by people and is miles better than a normal school. You have a lot more freedom to do what you like and you don’t get into trouble for doodling!” Paul Bird

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The ND Digital Graphics and Interactive Media programme aims to prepare you for the communications media of the 21st century and will develop your skills in both creative design and multimedia technology. You will explore areas of design in relation to audiovisual technology and computing for the purpose of communication. You will gain knowledge and skills in researching using the traditional design/drawing methods and visualising skills to generate and develop ideas. You will be involved in exploring different software applications such as, Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, 3D Studio Max, Premiere and Maya to apply to a variety of appropriate design tasks.

The second year is concentrated on reinforcing the knowledge and skills developed in the first year and it allows you to develop a Final Major Project within your area of interest. The possible outcomes you can achieve through the programme could be to design and build a website, an interactive and 3d game, multimedia tutorials or interactive guides, online learning material, design corporate publicity, marketing/publicity material using effective design process, character design and documentary video.

How long is the course? 2 years full time

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What qualifications will I gain? •

National Diploma – equivalent to 3 full A-Levels

Learning Skills and Complementary qualifications are embedded into this course

What qualifications will I need? We normally offer places to students who have at least 4 GCSEs at grade A* - C and who can show commitment and enthusiasm for Art and Design through examples of creative work. If you do not have the necessary experience or qualifications we offer a First Diploma (see pages 8 to 9) which upon successful completion may enable progression to a National Diploma course.

What can I do next? Successful students may progress to a variety of higher education programmes at Plymouth College of Art, for example Foundation Degrees and BA (Hons) programmes in Graphic Design, Illustration and Print, Design for Games and Animation or gain entry to degree level courses at other Colleges and Universities. Alternatively you may choose to look for employment.

Serena-June Horgan

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Case Study

Temple of Zeus

What have you enjoyed most about being a student and your time spent at the College? “Everything. It’s been awesome, learning and being able to learn at your own pace and we have really good tutors.”

Describe your course - what is it like? “It has been very motivating and challenging and has helped me to develop my own style, although I have found many styles through this course. We have learnt website design, coding, animations, and we use a lot of the facilities in the College from screen printing to edit suites.” Paul Bird National Diploma Digital Graphics and Interactive Media

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Gallery Phoebe Baker | Foundation Diploma Art and Design

Sammy Jo Jenkins | National Diploma Graphic Design and Illustration

Jaime Johnson | National Diploma Media

Dawn Martin | Access to HE

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What will I do?

National Diploma Fashion and Textiles

The first year is broad based, creative and experimental, enabling you to have a good understanding of a variety of areas within the field of fashion/textiles. It is a period of discovery as well as skill building. You should be open-minded and keen to try new things. The second year is the opportunity for you to pursue personal interests within either fashion or textiles. You will increase skills and strengths to create high quality work for a professional portfolio, relevant to your chosen progression route. Both years include live projects such as the Fashion Show and exhibiting work, as well as the opportunity to visit exhibitions and take part in workshops with artists/designers working in industry. The course will include:

Careers: • • • • • •

Retail Costume Designer Interior Designer Fabric and Textile Design Marketing and Promotion Surface Pattern and Decoration

“The facilities are really good; after visiting other universities I have found that they are some of the best especially the pattern cutting rooms.”

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Design for womenswear Design for menswear Design for childrenswear Pattern cutting Garment construction

You will also develop skills in textiles, both printed and constructed and associated creative dyeing techniques. All work is supported by research and drawing, illustration skills and the end of year Fashion Show allows you to be engaged with modeling, choreography or styling and the teamwork required for this successful event. The course is diverse enabling opportunities to work closely with other appropriate art, design and media disciplines.

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How long is the course? 2 years full time

What qualifications will I gain? •

National Diploma – equivalent to 3 full A-Levels

Learning Skills and Complementary qualifications are embedded into this course

What qualifications will I need? We normally offer places to students who have at least 4 GCSEs at grade A* - C and who can show commitment and enthusiasm for Art and Design through examples of creative work. If you do not have the necessary experience or qualifications we offer a First Diploma (see pages 8 to 9) which upon successful completion may enable progression to a National Diploma course.

What can I do next? Successful students may progress to the Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) in Fashion at Plymouth College of Art, or gain entry to degree level courses at other Colleges and Universities. Alternatively you may choose to look for employment.

Emma Hodgkiss

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Case Study

Describe your course - what is it like? “The National Diploma Fashion and Textiles course allows you to explore all aspects within the subject, and you are given a lot of freedom to do what you want to do. It also has provided me with the perfect stepping stone to a BA (Hons) degree programme.� Isobel Blacher National Diploma Fashion

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What will I do?

National Diploma Graphic Design and Illustration

Careers: • • • • • •

Advertising Digital Design Graphic Designer Publishing Designer Brand Identity Designer Graphics/Concepts Designer

“Everything you need to execute your tasks are all available under one roof at the College. I was never stuck for resources. The library is the best resource as it is so expensive to buy your own books. We have had some really obscure projects and it always has the right books to cover this. ” Benjy Parnell-King

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The course is diverse and challenging and will enable you to develop your creative and technical skills in order to produce a varied and sophisticated portfolio of work and prepare you for a rewarding and exciting career in Design or Illustration. During the two years you will complete eighteen units, the work you produce within these units will give you the opportunity to improve your drawing skills, develop your use of appropriate materials, techniques and processes, learn and use the design process, find out how to generate ideas and concepts and then how to visually communicate them to specific audiences. You will also have lectures and undertake personal research into the history of design, photography, animation and illustration. The course could easily be described as a foundation in design and illustration, as it gives you the basics of how to design and illustrate well, while producing work using a mixture of traditional (by hand) and digital techniques and processes. The type of design/illustration produced may be any of the following: Typographical and illustrative posters (digitally produced, screen printed or produced by hand), CD and DVD cover design, packaging including labels, stamp design, book cover design, magazine spreads, corporate identities/logo design, brochure design, photography, websites, advertising, type design, animation (istop motion or flash) drawings and book illustration. We also work on live assignments that come from outside clients.

How long is the course? 2 years full time

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What qualifications will I gain? •

National Diploma – equivalent to 3 full A-Levels

Learning Skills and Complementary qualifications are embedded into this course

What qualifications will I need? We normally offer places to students who have at least 4 GCSEs at grade A* - C and who can show commitment and enthusiasm for Art and Design through examples of creative work. If you do not have the necessary experience or qualifications we offer a First Diploma (see pages 8 to 9) which upon successful completion may enable progression to a National Diploma course.

What can I do next? Successful students may progress to a variety of higher education programmes at Plymouth College of Art, for example Foundation Degrees and BA (Hons) programmes in Graphic Design, Illustration and Print, Design for Games and Animation or gain entry to degree level courses at other Colleges and Universities. Alternatively you may choose to look for employment.

Gavin Williams

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Case Study

How would you sum up the experience of studying at the College? “Absolutely brilliant, I really enjoyed the course. It is without a doubt the best decision I have made in a while. I am a student ambassador for the College which is great; it is not only sociable as you meet a lot of the lecturers, college representatives and other student helpers but it also opens up a lot of opportunities.” Paul O’Keefe National Diploma Graphic Design and Illustration

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What will I do?

National Diploma Media (Television and Film)

You will explore the creative world of the moving image developing skills of planning, producing and editing your own genre of work. The course will include practical skills which cover lighting, editing, camera work, visualisation and sound skills. These practical applications are enhanced over the two years by an understanding of the theory behind your practice. Your ability to plan and analyse will be developed enabling you to fully exploit your creative potential in this exciting area. The course is diverse enabling opportunities to work closely with other appropriate art, design and media disciplines.

Careers:

How long is the course?

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2 years full time

Animation Photography Graphic Design Audio related specialisms Film, Video and TV Production

“The facilities at the College are brilliant. I borrow camera and voice recording equipment and find the process of borrowing equipment really simple and easy. The equipment is always available and the technicians are very helpful.” Matthew Menhenick

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What qualifications will I gain? •

National Diploma – equivalent to 3 full A-Levels

Learning Skills and Complementary qualifications are embedded into this course

What qualifications will I need? We normally offer places to students who have at least 4 GCSEs at grade A* - C and who can show commitment and enthusiasm for Art and Design through examples of creative work. If you do not have the necessary experience or qualifications we offer a

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First Diploma (see pages 8 to 9) which upon successful completion may enable progression to a National Diploma course.

What can I do next? Successful students may progress to a variety of higher education programmes at Plymouth College of Art, for example Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) Film Arts or Animation Arts, or gain entry to degree level courses at other Colleges and Universities. Alternatively you may choose to look for employment.

Brett Gleed

Nathan Viney

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What do you hope to achieve once you have completed your course? “Next year I am continuing onto the Foundation Degree in Animation Arts at Plymouth College of Art as I want to broaden and develop my skills to ensure my career prospects. I know that this College is very well respected and if you want to study Art as far as I’m concerned you don’t need to go anywhere else.” Matthew Menhenick National Diploma Media (Television and Film)

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What will I do?

National Diploma Photography

You will explore and develop your creative skills across a range of traditional and digital photographic techniques. Through the exploration and development of processes and media, successful students will be able to progress to degree level programmes or into employment. The course will include the understanding and use of 35mm and digital SLR cameras along with medium format and 5 x 4 cameras. Students gain an understanding of dark room techniques and photo/media software along with studio lighting which is all aimed at creative portfolio development.

How long is the course? 2 years full time

What qualifications will I gain?

Careers: • • • •

Journalist Photographer Digital Design Editorial Design

National Diploma – equivalent to 3 full A-Levels

Learning Skills and Complementary qualifications are embedded into this course

“The course has lots of different projects to get your teeth into and the creative and experienced tutors enjoy helping us shape our futures.” Rowan Jones

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What qualifications will I need? We normally offer places to students who have at least 4 GCSEs at grade A* - C and who can show commitment and enthusiasm for Art and Design through examples of creative work. If you do not have the necessary experience or qualifications we offer a First Diploma (see pages 8 to 9) which upon successful completion may enable progression to a National Diploma course.

What can I do next? Students may progress to a variety of higher education programmes at Plymouth College of Art, for example Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) in Photography, Environmental Media Practices or gain entry to degree level courses at other Colleges and Universities. Alternatively, the course furnishes students with both photographic and transferable skills, and careers advice to enhance employment prospects. Steven Holmes

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Describe your course - what is it like? “It’s like one big happy family, plenty of friends and lots of help with your work, all in a great environment. Everyone is nice and they respect you and your choices.”

What do you think about being a student in Plymouth? “I don’t live in Plymouth but it is a great place to be with your friends and to go out. There is a lot of inspiration around for my work as it is based on Plymouth and the surrounding area and it proves to be an exciting place.” Kirsty Ashford National Diploma Photography

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Foundation Diploma Art and Design

The course has three parts or stages and consists of seven units overall. Projects and assignments reflect the levels and stages and students will move through a dynamic, broad diagnostic phase across creative workshops into a chosen pathway. From stage 2 onwards the pathways are: • • • • •

What will I do? The Foundation Diploma is validated by the University of the Arts London and is offered at the Higher Level 4. This course was recognised by Ofsted in their report of 2007 where the provision was graded as ‘outstanding’. The Level 4 Diploma is only offered by specialist colleges of Art and Design who have the accepted high quality profile required. The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is a one year intensive course designed to maximise your opportunities to learn through discovery, experimentation and exploration. This is a course that is transitional in experience and intention and will expect you to be receptive to new ideas, media and ways of learning. Its main overarching aim is to prepare you to the highest level possible for progression to BA Hons or Foundation Degree or, occasionally to a work opportunity. This is achieved by a combination of diagnostic and specialist pathways which reflect the opportunities available at degree level both at Plymouth College of Art and nationally. Through these pathways you will be able to develop your subject specific portfolio in preparation for degree course applications.

Fine Art Three Dimensional Visual and Graphical Communication Fashion /Textiles Lens Based Media

Critical and Contextual Studies is integrated within the course and ensures a thorough knowledge of both historical and contemporary Art and Design. Drawing is also seen as a key developmental skill and you will follow a drawing programme to enhance and maximise your portfolio and ambitions.

How long is the course? 1 year full time

What qualifications will I gain? •

Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

What qualifications will I need? We normally offer places to students who have a GCSE profile of at least 5 A* - C grades and a combination of AS and A-Level qualifications.

Careers: • Continuation to Higher Education

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may not have the qualification profile. All applicants must be able to show commitment and enthusiasm for art, design and media through examples of creative work. If you do not have the necessary experience or qualifications we may offer you an alternative course at the College.

What can I do next? Students may progress to a variety of higher education programmes at Plymouth College of Art, for example Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) in Photography, Fashion, or gain entry to degree level courses at other Colleges and Universities. Alternatively, the course furnishes students with transferable skills, and careers advice to enhance employment prospects.

Esme Johnson

How to Apply Apply online at www.pcad.ac.uk For full application details and helpful advice turn to pages 6 - 7. Elizabeth Watts

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Case Study

What do you think of the facilities at Plymouth College of Art? “We use the print studio and darkrooms and 3D equipment a lot as we undertake workshops in each subject area. If you don’t want to specialise you can go back and use the studios as they are pretty much open access. I use the media store a lot to borrow a digital camera as I don’t have my own and the College shop is good especially if you need things last minute.”

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Gallery Leigh Parks | Foundation Diploma Emily Westaway | National Diploma Fashion and Textiles

National Diploma Graphic Design and Illustration

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Foundation Degree Level 0 Programmes

What are Level 0 programmes? Level 0 is the first stage of an extended Foundation Degree/ BA (Hons) Degree studied over three years on a named pathway for students who have completed their school or college education or have been out of education for a while. Ideally you will know which specialist degree programme you wish to pursue and will have the required AS or A-level qualifications, but don’t have sufficient prior experience for entry straight on to our two year foundation degree programmes. You can study Level 0 in: • • • • • • • • • • •

Animation Arts Applied Arts Design for Games Environmental Media Practices Fashion Film Arts Fine Art Practices Graphic Design Illustration and Print Photography Spatial Design

Why study Level 0 at Plymouth College of Art? We have dedicated programme teams who continually keep up to date with latest developments in their fields of the creative industries. We have incredible facilities and resources across all the areas, enabling you to develop a sound knowledge of potential future pathways. You will be inducted in a vast range of equipment and, through your assignments, gain the skills to use them independently.

What will I do on the programme? The programme has been designed to provide a focused creative and vocational experience, specifically to support the development of your skills and knowledge for continued study and ultimately employment in the art, design and media industries. Through workshops and studio sessions you will be taken through a wide range of general art design and media practices. Gaining confidence in drawing, visual research, contextual studies, digital imaging, design methodologies and in using a vast range of materials equipment and software as relevant to your programme. You will, through this stage, increasingly specialise in your chosen subject discipline.

How long is the course? 3 years full time

What qualifications will I gain?

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Foundation Degree

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What qualifications will I need? We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have a strong and demonstrable interest in their specialist area. We are not however expecting to see highly developed portfolios. Please ensure you bring any work you feel may be relevant to your interview.

What can I do next? Students may progress to a variety of BA (Hons) degree programmes at the College for a year. Alternatively students may choose to go into employment.

Subject Including Level 0

UCAS Route A

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Applied Arts

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Design for Games

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Environmental Media Practices

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Fashion

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Film Arts

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Fine Art Practices

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Graphic Design

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Illustration and Print

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Photography

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Spatial Design

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Plymouth is More Than Just a City...

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fresh air

With Dartmoor National Park, the rural countryside of the South Hams and the golden sands of Whitsand Bay all just a short journey from the City Centre, making the most of the great outdoors couldn’t be easier. Whether it’s surfing, rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, biking or diving that takes your fancy, it’s all on your doorstep here.

vision

Undergoing massive redevelopment, Plymouth is a growing city – from Drake Circus, a multimillion pound shopping complex offering shoppers serious retail therapy, to the redeveloped waterfront with cafés, bars and restaurants.

roots

Proud of its place in history, Plymouth’s past has played an important role in shaping the city – from the Pilgrim Fathers sailing out on the Mayfair to Sir Francis Drake spotting the Spanish Armada from the Hoe.

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soul

Everywhere you look, Plymouth inspires. The Southwest has the largest concentration of designer makers outside of London, so our local community is brimming with creativity – from the artistic hub of the Barbican, a stone’s throw from the College, to the exhibitions and independent films of Plymouth Arts Centre and hundreds of other galleries and exhibiting spaces; from the incredible deep sea revelations of the National Marine Aquarium to the natural beauty of the Hoe with views stretching across Plymouth Sound.

spirit

Plymouth’s nightlife is a varied and exciting with live music, sophisticated bars and lively nightclubs all eager to keep you entertained after the sun sets. Whether it’s gigs from the likes of Faithless, Basement Jaxx, Jack Johnson or Kaiser Chiefs at Plymouth Pavilions or electro, dance, drum and bass or funk nights at one of Plymouth’s many nightclubs, the City has no end of ways to get you moving.

energy

A sporting Mecca, Plymouth loves to play. With rugby, football, basketball, cricket, netball, swimming, hockey, squash, tennis, skiing and rowing clubs on offer both in community and student teams, you’ll be spoilt for choice. If you prefer watching, there are regular Plymouth Argyle football, Plymouth Albion rugby and Plymouth Raiders basketball games to keep you happy.

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The College

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One of the few independent specialist Art Colleges in the country, we have outstanding knowledge in both traditional and contemporary processes and our staff, facilities and attitude are second to none – all dedicated to enabling you to fulfil your potential. Based in a recently refurbished, purpose-built centre in Tavistock Place, we can offer a stimulating and well-resourced learning

environment in the heart of the City Centre. An active part of the city’s creative hub, our students draw inspiration from the College as well as its rich cultural and stunning natural surroundings – a unique blend of influences that no other College can offer – feeding on it to grow into truly original practitioners.

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Our commitment to your future and success can’t be matched. Forging strong links in the fields of art, design, crafts and media and continually developing to ensure we remain a dynamic place to study, we believe in challenging you to become the best you can be and providing you with everything you need to succeed.

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The Creative Industries Sector

There’s no doubt about it; the creative industries are booming. Experiencing massive growth in the last decade (twice the rate of the economy) they are considered one of the dynamic components of the emergent knowledge economy.* The UK has the largest creative sector relative to GDP in the world and accounts for 7.3% of the economy, employing nearly two million people in varying creative occupations. * South West of England Creative Industries Development Programme – Framework Agreement 2007

And that’s not even half of it... •

Compared with 1991 there are now 60% more artists and 40% more people working in digital media.

The design sector in the UK is made up of over 12,000 design consultancies, nearly 50,000 freelance and self-employed designers and over 70,000 in-house designers.

The country’s craft turnover has more than doubled in 10 years, currently with an annual turnover of over £800 million.

Between 1997 and 2002, exports relating to the creative industries grew an average of 11% per annum, contributing £11.5 billion to the balance of trade.

7% of creative and cultural businesses have a turnover of more than 1 million.

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Being creative in contemporary Britain is big business; here in the Southwest the creative industries have been designated as an emerging sector having shown a 40% increase in turnover in the last five years. The sector employs nearly 55,000 people in the region and adds £1,977 million to the Southwest’s economic output. At Plymouth College of Art we are ideally positioned to tap into that sector to help you hone your creative skills and turn them into a profession, building links, contacts and experience that can launch your career. We all know that being creative is about more than economics. It’s about positive engagement, community involvement, personal growth, education – seeing the world differently. However, it’s good to know that by studying with us, seeing the world differently will not only excite, engage and challenge you; it could lead you into a lucrative career allowing you to build an exciting professional future for yourself.

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So How Do We Do It? Employer Links:

Curriculum Support:

Continued Development:

With work experience, apprenticeships, specialist workshops, seminars and support for the national Train to Gain initiative, the College ensures it is connected with the local business community to give students, graduates and professionals the opportunity to experience the application of creative skills in a professional environment.

We have well-established links with a wide range of employers, industry practitioners and organisations within the sector, which directly impact and influence our programme activities and student experience, making our programmes responsive and relevant to industry practices and needs. With visiting lecturers, exhibitions and live briefs from industry, we aim to ensure that you are part of the creative business community – not isolated from it – so that from the moment you leave you are well equipped to progress onto a degree programme or alternatively look for employment.

Creative development doesn’t end when you leave but is ongoing, and we want to support that growth. We provide professional development services for employees in the creative sector and continued support for graduates through the Crafts Council’s Next Move scheme and the Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) initiative.

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College Facilities

Learning Resources Centre (LRC) Crammed full of specialist information on design, visual arts, crafts and the media, Plymouth College of Art’s Learning Resources Centre (LRC) is an enviable resource offering students over 20,000 specialist books and subscriptions to over 130 different magazines, journals and newspapers to support and inform their studies. On top of that the LRC has a comprehensive online web catalogue system which can be accessed from home or the College, as well as many online databases such as The Guardian and Grove Dictionary of Art. The LRC has also introduced a metafind search technique, which allows users to search all online databases simultaneously, making research simpler. Other essential resources for students include an extensive collection of videos, CDs and DVDs. There are also facilities for viewing within the Learning Resources Centre.

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There are photocopying facilities (and staff on hand to advise on copyright matters) as well as computers with internet access and a range of software from word processing to desktop publishing, 3D modelling to film editing. Access to the Joint Academic Network (JANET) provides further research and communication opportunities. The LRC’s careers section focuses on art and design, providing information about specific career paths, job opportunities and further study at the College or other institutions. With a dedicated careers workstation, various software packages and links to useful web pages, you’ll have everything you need to help you decide on your next steps. The College belongs to a number of professional bodies, such as the British Film Institute, the Craftsmen’s Potters Association and the Art Libraries Association, enabling students and staff to benefit from professional literature and other information services from these bodies. The LRC can also access the stock of other libraries through a local and national interloan scheme. The Plymouth Central Library is also only a minute’s walk from the College.

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Create The Create cafĂŠ is open throughout the year and provides an informal meeting point for students and staff to relax, refresh, discuss and engage. It sells a range of hot and cold snacks, including vegetarian options and is also an exhibition area.

Creations Supply Centre Specialist art and design materials and reprographic services along with state of the art scanning, inkjet and photography printing facilities are available from Creations Supply Centre, located within the Learning Resource Centre.

Equipment Resource Centre There is also the Equipment Resource Centre offering access to a range of specialist film and camera equipment, please see page 51 for further information.

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Computing and Information Technology The effect of digital technology and the internet has not only changed the way we communicate as a society but also the way we create. At Plymouth College of Art we are continually embracing this change and what it can offer our students. We provide a range of resources to enable students to integrate digital elements into their practices as artists and designers, as well as enhancing students’ academic studies by providing access to the internet and other multimedia applications to source information and view the work of fellow artists. Innovative teaching sessions utilise smartboard functionality and the College’s IT suites and Learning Resources Centre are highly equipped with the latest hardware and industrystandard software with a mixture of both Mac and PC

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machines, helping students to become competent users of both platforms. All this enables students to revolutionise their work, linking digital techniques through image manipulation, web design and flash animation. Scanners, digital cameras, grafix tablets and non-linear editing resources are also available to develop your work, which can then be produced via black and white or colour laser jet printers, or via high resolution wide format printers. Some programme areas require specialist technology. Software such as 3D modelling, 3D environments, 3D animation, Computer Aided Design (CAD), projector control for photographic multi image work, video editing and re-touching, sound production, fashion design and print simulation are all available for students to use, and training in all the software available is provided. We are eager to support those students who wish to enhance their understanding of the digital environment and incorporate it further into their practice. Should your interests lie in this area, we will accommodate your needs and help you develop you skills accordingly.

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Technical Resources Being creative is about more than just ideas. You need to have the facilities and tools to create and realise your ideas effectively. At Plymouth College of Art we have state-of-the-art resources available across all subject areas to help you make art happen. From specialist workshops, media labs and studios equipped with industry-standard equipment to highly trained technical staff and academic practitioners to support you, you will have the opportunity to design, make, craft and create across traditional and digital technologies.

Here’s a taste of some of the specialist environments and resources open to all students: Media and Photography The Equipment Resource Area is extensive, containing numerous items of photographic equipment – both digital and traditional. The resources support a number of specialisms, including underwater photography, film, digital video, chroma key and animation. There are extensive broadcast quality video and audio edit suites, darkrooms to support black and white, and E6 and processing and developing and a frontier press for industry standard image out put. There are two photographic studios with lighting rigs to facilitate studio photography, one with an infinity cove. The state-of-theart Studio Theatre is equipped with AV resources, lighting and a chroma key curtain.

Printmaking The printmaking studios have facilities for intaglio, mono print, relief and screen printing processes. These include two light exposure units, drying cabinets, etching press and Columbian press and fabric printing facilities.

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Ceramics The ceramics workshop contains a variety of fuel-fired kilns, including facilities for Raku and gas reduction firings as well as specialist areas for clay preparation, plaster mould making, throwing, slip-casting, hand building and glazing.

Glass The glass workshops are well equipped to support a broad range of glass making activities. These include hot glass, glass blowing and casting along with a kiln glass area for fusing, slumping and casting, a lamp working area and a finishing room for cutting, grinding, polishing and sandblasting.

Metals The metals workshops provide a broad range of facilities for work in the areas of large-scale architectural metals, small-scale metals and jewellery. Resources include forging, welding, hydraulic press, lathes, power hammer, plasma cutting, anodising, acid etching, lost wax casting and enamelling.

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Jewellery and Small Scale Metals Fashion and Textiles In Fashion you will have access to a variety of industrial standard machinery, including computerised flatbed sewing machines and CAM/CAD computer systems to enable the realisation of creative ideas to commercial standards.

Print Finishing Creations, our Print Finishing Suite, offers students the option of mounting and finishing their work themselves with the correct tools and equipment, or working with the Creations staff on more complex presentation techniques.

Digital Imaging The College houses a drop-in Digital Imaging Suite which facilitates creative manipulation of work via a bank of colour calibrated Macs, a hi-tech flatbed and negative scanning equipment.

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Visiting Artists

Exhibitions and Events

The College welcomes practising artists and designers from many creative disciplines throughout the academic year to run lectures, workshops and tutorials, which enhance our students’ experience. Visiting lectures are open to all staff and students and are run on a regular basis. As well as visiting artists who are involved in the exhibition programme, artists and past students are invited to give lectures on request from students and staff, creating a rich and varied programme of speakers. Previous visiting artists have included:

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Craig Fisher Anna Best Mark Simon Hewis Hethanin Petal Ryan Gander Tim Knowles Mark Miodownik Robin Van t’Haar Tabatha Andrews Tavs Jørgensen Anthony Frost Peter Randall-Page Takeshi Yasuda Chila Kumari Burham Janet Stoyel Cast Off Colin Reid Lone Twin

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Exhibitions The opportunity for students to present their finished products in either an exhibition or screening is an important aspect of any art and design programme. The College is fortunate in having its own galleries: the Viewpoint Gallery and state-ofthe-art Studio Theatre – both of which host exhibitions of work by current and former students and visiting artists – and the Lift

Gallery, in which smaller 2D and 3D exhibitions take place. The College hosts a rolling programme of exhibitions and events, which showcases the best in emerging and established talent, locally, nationally and internationally.

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At the end of each academic year the College holds its Summer Show, an exhibition of work produced by our graduating students that includes live fashion shows and video/film presentations, as well as exhibits from all areas of the College’s work. The show is open to the public and attracts thousands of visitors.

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Student Life

College Charter The College Charter explains the College’s commitment to our students, giving an outline of what you can expect from us in terms of teaching and learning support. It also indicates what action the College will take if it fails to meet any of these commitments.

Child Protection Policy Our College community has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (individuals aged under 18) who attend the College. A Child Protection Policy is in place and a copy may be obtained from Information Services.

Accommodation If you are moving away from home for the first time, one of your main priorities will be sorting out somewhere to live. Fortunately, Plymouth has a significant student population of some 30,000 Further and Higher Education students, and there is a large amount of rented accommodation available in the city including privately owned halls of residence, houses, flats, bed-sits and lodgings – many of which are within walking distance of the College. There is also a youth hostel in the city centre. We have details of accommodation agencies on our website. If you have any further queries, please get in contact with Information Services.

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Students’ Union The College seeks to support an active Students’ Union. The Union acts on behalf of all students, and can represent their views both within the College and on a national level through affiliation to the National Union of Students. The Union also organises a variety of social activities enabling students from different programmes to get to know each other, including Freshers’ Week, barbecues, trips and end of term parties and balls.

Educational Trips

International Students

To complement the practical and theoretical elements of our programmes, you are encouraged to visit art galleries and exhibitions around the country, looking at the work of past and contemporary artists and designers. These visits can also include trips to trade shows and specific design workshops.

Plymouth College of Art is attracting a growing number of international students. In the past we have welcomed students from a diverse range of countries including Argentina, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Syria and Turkey.

Optional self-funded international trips are also arranged each year for students; recent trips have included New York, Bilbao, Prague, Berlin, Florence, Barcelona, Krakow and Paris.

Critical and Contextual Studies

Plymouth College of Art is part of a city wide sports network and we have a dedicated sports and activities coordinator who works closely with the Students’ Union to make opportunities available to our students.

Critical and Contextual Studies are an integral part of our courses. Critical Studies cover the history of art, design and other related areas, and are designed to develop your awareness of art and design as a whole, helping to lay a foundation for new ideas and understanding. Contextual Studies cover a wide variety of subjects including art and society, cultural and social studies and art and design theory and are designed to develop your knowledge of the social and theoretical contexts behind art and design.

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Learning Skills

Student Support

Learning Skills tutors meet the requirements of students who have learning difficulties, physical disabilities, visual or hearing impairments and needs relating to mental health. A team of specialist tutors provide help through individual or group tutorials and/or guidance integrated into studio and lecture sessions.

Key Skills and Basic Skills All students will be encouraged to work towards a Literacy and Numeracy qualification. Depending upon individual needs you will study towards a basic skill or key skill programme. Both programmes aim to support students in assignment writing and research skills needed as part of their core modules and will support students to improve their reading, writing and number skills. At the end of the programme students will have a City and Guilds qualification in both literacy and numeracy that will be equivalent to GCSE level.

Basic Skills

The Learning Skills Department consists of the three related areas of Learning Development,

These qualifications provide a map of the range of skills and capabilities that adults are expected to need in order to function and progress in a college and/or work environment. Basic skills tutors will provide support to develop individuals’ abilities with both literacy and numeracy. Literacy covers the ability to: • • •

Speak, listen and respond Read and comprehend Write to communicate

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Key Skills

Learning and Study Support

Key Skills tutors provide tuition and exam preparation for the development and accreditation of the key skill areas of Communication and Numeracy.

Our Learning Skills Tutors can provide both individual and group support. Specifically we can help with:

Key Skill tutors liaise closely with Learning Skills to enable students with additional learning needs access additional support if required. To gain a Key Skill Award there are two forms of assessment: • •

A portfolio of evidence demonstrating the required skills An externally set test

The qualifications have been specially designed to encourage students to gain the skills valued by employers and higher education institutions by assessing competence in key areas: • • •

Communication Application of Number Information Technology

Each of these key skills can be certified at different levels and attract UCAS points. There are also the wider key skills of: • • •

Working with others Improving own learning and performance Problem solving

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Study skills for practical and written work; Loan of portable tape recorders and computers for dyslexic students; Note takers, lip speakers and sign language interpreters; Large print coursework and information, assistance with proof reading and study skills for visually impaired students.

An appointment with a Learning Development and Disability Advisor can be made through the Information Point.

Hearing Assistive Devices There are two types of transmission system used at the College: Induction Loops and Infra-Red transmission. Whilst some areas of the College are fitted with permanent hearing assistive devices, mobile units are available for all other classrooms, studios and workshops.

Plymouth College of Art recognises the importance of these awards and is committed to enabling all further education students to improve their key skills and gain evidence of this achievement at an appropriate level.

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Fees

Student Support

“I arrived at the College as a relatively timid individual. I feel as though I am leaving as a new and confident person. The whole process from then to now has been thoroughly enjoyable.”

If you are under 25 years old prior to the start of the course, have not achieved a FE (level 3) qualification before (by the age of 18) and are a permanent resident in the UK, you will not be charged tuition fees. If you in receipt of income-based benefits such as Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit, Income Support and income-based Jobseekers’ Allowance and Working Tax Credit below £15,050, or you are the unwaged dependant of someone in receipt of such a benefit, your tuition fees may also be waived. If you are an asylum seeker, or are going to be undertaking your first Level 2 qualification or the course is skills for life/basic skills (literacy, numeracy) you will also have no fees to pay.

Financial Help There is range of financial support for those studying a post GCSE qualification here at the College, which is reviewed annually. They are: • • • •

Residential Bursaries EMA ALG Student Support Fund

The full details are published on our website www.pcad.ac.uk where you may also download application forms or fill in a form online. For further information on the range of financial support, please call our Information Point on 01752 203 434 or email enquiries@pcad.ac.uk

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Careers Education and Guidance At the College, we are committed to providing a high standard of Careers Education and Guidance to: • •

Help you to make informed and realistic decisions about the increasing number of educational and vocational opportunities available Equip you to meet challenges positively and to learn throughout life

All students of the College have access to the following careers education and guidance: • • • •

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Head of Careers who is available to provide all aspects of careers information, advice and guidance A Careers Library which has a range of up-to-date careers information and a dedicated computer with various careers-related packages A programme of Careers work through your full-time programme of study Jobshop - The opportunity to have 1 to 1 support with CV’s, letters of application and job interview skills at a weekly jobshop drop-in clinic run by the Employability Lecturer A part-time vacancy board which is also shown on our website The opportunity to engage in educational and industrial visits, to attend presentations delivered by employers and local organisations, to visit Careers and Higher Education Conventions and Drop-in clinics for quick careers queries

Counselling The Student Counselling Service is available to offer support to students who may be experiencing any distress or difficulties with their College or personal lives. The service is confidential, and seeks to promote student’s well-being, independence, resourcefulness, personal development and capacity to benefit from the opportunities offered at the College.

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There are direct links to Plymouth from London and Central England via the M4, M5 and the A38 Devon Expressway.

There are regular Air Southwest flights to Plymouth from a number of UK airports including Gatwick. Also nearby is Exeter airport which is about an hour’s drive away.

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Large Print Prospectus

Acknowledgements

A large print version of this prospectus is available on request. Serving the Needs of the Community Our portfolio of programmes and courses are designed to provide the community we serve with appropriate learning and skills in a range of subjects relating to the Creative Industries. We monitor developments in these fields closely and amend our curriculum to reflect the changing environment. If you have any suggestions regarding the programmes and courses available at the College, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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This Further Education Prospectus provides a general guide to the College, and does not form any part of a contract between the student and the College.

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Many Thanks Plymouth College of Art students for allowing their work and/or photographs to be included and staff for their contributions.

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The quality assurance policy at Plymouth College of Art ensures that staff are constantly reviewing the provision and performance at the College. At the time of going to press, every care has been made to ensure accuracy. However, changes may have been made since publication, and the College reserves the right to make such changes for reasons of operational efficiency or due to circumstances beyond its control.

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Index A

Accommodation

C

Careers

63

Careers Education and Guidance

63

Child Protection Policy

58

College, The

44

College Charter

58

E

Advisory Interviews

58 7

College Facilities

48

Computing and Information Technology

50

Counselling

63

Create

49

Creations Supply Centre

49

Creative Industries Sector, The

46

Educational Trips

59

Employer Links

47

I

International Students

K

Key facts about the Creative Industries

46

L

Learning Skills Department

60

Learning and Study Support

61

Learning Resources Centre

48

Interviews and Portfolios

O

Open Days

P

Part-Time and Short Courses Plymouth, The City of Progression Routes

Equality and Diversity

7

S

59 7

7

5 42 4

Student Life

58

Student Support

62 59

Equipment Resource Centre

49

Students’ Union

Exhibitions and Events

56

Students without Formal Qualifications

F

Fees

62

51

62

T

Technical Resources

Financial Help

H

Hearing Assistive Devices

61

V

Visiting Lecturer Programme

56

Higher Education Programmes How To Apply How to Find Us

7

5 6 64

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