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Plymouth College of Art

Painting Drawing and Printmaking

UCAS Code: WWDF

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


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112

Although many of our students do come in with top grades and high UCAS points, these aren’t necessarily essential for entry. We typically ask for a minimum of 112 UCAS points, but we understand that talented artists, designers and makers can have a wide range of relevant strengths and skills beyond formal qualifications. We’re just as interested in exploring your portfolio and discussing your creative experiences as we are in seeing your grades.

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subjects

Painting

Drawing

Printmaking

**By offering specialist technical and critical study in painting, drawing and printmaking, this programme is exceptional in the UK and aimed at students who are excited by the prospect of a rigorous materials-based and process-driven education in art practice. Studying materials and techniques, you’ll also develop and contextualise your own professional practice.**

- Develop essential techniques in oil painting, water-based painting, drawing and fine print.

- Experience freedom to pursue your creative voice and work in a group of like-minded students.

- Work in your own creative space in our purpose-built studios.

- Develop your professional practice through opportunities such as residencies, live briefs or international exchange; or find out about teaching drawing and painting in our own Creative School for 4-to-16-year-olds.

- Exhibit and curate, with frequent shows throughout the programme and encouragement to develop your own gallery opportunities and connections.

Based in 5,500 square feet of open-plan studios with double-height ceilings and north light windows, you will be encouraged to develop an ambitious working practice across all three disciplines. Your progress throughout the three years is driven by a comprehensive series of technical workshops.

You’ll also gain a thorough, critical understanding of the key theories in contemporary art, and will have opportunities to take part in live exhibitions and projects. You will develop an ambitious working practice based on an investigation of the material and technical possibilities of your creative work, with drawing at the centre of all you do and make.

Study with us and you’ll expand your critical approach alongside developing skills in research and analysis. Our academically robust and intellectually stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. Our programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.

Our printmaking studios offer relief and intaglio processes, and our digital Fab Lab houses the latest laser cutting and 3D printing technologies, giving your ideas scope for diverse outcomes.

The programme has a strong network of industry contacts, such as Winsor & Newton, Artmill Gallery, who host yearly exhibitions with our students, and Q-Art, which collaborates with students for its renowned Crit Club, most recently at Tate Modern.

Modules

Your progress throughout the three years is driven by a comprehensive series of technical workshops, underpinned by the teaching of drawing as a core component of your studio practice.
You will study painting, drawing and printmaking, whilst also learning about the professional strategies of the art world.
We will encourage you to think through making, with your own studio work providing you with a centre of enquiry and a point of departure through the deep learning of a core discipline.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth College of Art

Department:

Arts and Media

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
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Painting
80%
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Drawing
80%
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Printmaking

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Art

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

75%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
22%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Painting

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Drawing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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