Wonderful, loved every moment. All the lecturers were helpful always. They were always a massive help and always helped us further our ideas. All the staff and students were always great.
I was given a work placement at the BBC from a portfolio review the course hosted. Inviting lots of industry members one of which was a member of the BBCs graphics team who liked my work so much that he offered me a placement.
The lectures always had time for all the students, giving one to one support whenever needed.
The students union were great, it was always a place you could go if you wanted to chat with someone. A nice space to meet new people. I was the Barman for the Student Union for a year which allowed me to meet loads of new people.
Always very clean and tidy
Always bussling always things going on
I didnt get involved with them, however I knew that there were a very large and wide variety of them.
there was always someone around if you needed someone to talk to about any subject.
University was probably the best three years of my life, I’m so glad I have got my degree and can’t wait to start doing things with it, the social side of it is a personal highlight as I’ve made friends for life
Very good access to the Alumni and always felt as though we could talk to anybody for advice
Very interactive, would of liked a bit more time with the lecturers instead of so much self study time
Didn’t feel confident enough to get involved
Very good facilities and looks even better now it’s had a makeover
Best night life in Plymouth, lived here all my life
Clubs are very good and always high security so you feel safe
Good support, if you wasn’t in or missed a lecture you would always have to explain yourself which I think is good
It was interesting and I felt I progressed further than I thought possible. With the help of the study skills department I feel confident to take my career in a new direction. The college allowed me all the access I needed and the small scale of the college provided a family atmosphere.
Careers department offers information and advice for three years after graduation. Where they if you want can review you CV and job applications. Access to the college website and Google Docs is also available for three years. The course also offers advice on filling in abstracts for applications to conferences and lectures on applying for funding.
The course leader is excellent, but the course has been understaffed for much of the time. This impacted on availability to tutoring hours. The final show which is important for the future was not publicised properly by the college and very few people saw it as a result. This was very disappointing. The lectures were exciting and informative and the course leader was assessable. The accessible of the whole college was good, which means one could work in any media. Learning support was well managed and useful.
Did not have much to do with them. The students union was more concerned with the young undergraduates. I was neither.
Art facilities are very good, but the library was not well stocked with books that were appropriate for postgraduate studies.
Artistically very lively. I did not live in the city for my studies. Plymouth is in a stunning location with accessibility to both Devon and Cornwall and the wider landscapes and activities they offer.
Unknown did not get involved.
Study skills department is excellent with very good advice and support. Tutors were available most of the time. Feedback was personalised and in depth and easily accessible through the college website. But tutors need more training in working with students with learning differences.
I have had the best time of my life. I have made friends that i am going to keep for a life time. I have built my skills and found my creative path. I had many paths i could have chosen and i am very happy i chose the Plymouth Collage of Art path. You only really get one shot at it. So make the most of it and enjoy your self. I know i did and have come out of it feeling great.
With seminars about the work place. Opportunities to work along side practicing creatives. Involvement in structured career development classes. Leading lectures in their fields, with contacts and advice regarding the workplace.
They are an open platform designed to open up debate and conversations about the arts that you would not normally get. A cross subject interaction with thinkers across all disciplines open your eyes up to new ways of thinking that help shape your own work. The only bad thing i have to say is the lack of time put towards this. The time spent on these discussions always seemed to short.
The students union has come on leaps and bounds with more time and investment going into it all of the time. It is a great place to meet new people and to go for advice when you do not think your lecture could help. A friendly environment that holds lots of activities and socials for all.
The best they could be. They encorage you to explore and try as many of the facilities as you can. They are free to use (minus materials) and they are full of staff willing to help. Want to learn something new and think it will benefit you just get inducted and you are away. You learn things you never would have thought you would learn. New skills and prospects are opened up with the fantastic facilities at Plymouth College of Art.
Fun for everyone. A vibrant up and coming city with loads to do and see. The local arts scene is coming on strong with lots of galleries , shows and local artists making it a fantastic place to study Art. There are food and drinks establishments to cater for any taste. Sun , sea and sports for anyone who wants to get out and about.
There is an abundance of support everywhere you turn. All the tutors and college staff are there for you to speak to anytime during the college day. You can depend on the staff to help and support your academic like and personal life if needed. It is a welcoming and friendly place.
I have had really good time; now looking back I realise I could have gained even more; but that’s a lesson learned. It’s a great place to study. If you are interested in studying art subject; it’s a perfect place for you as you can feel the creative environment the moment you step into the college. You are surrounded by students and staff from art background and all the facilities are relevant to the subject you are studying.
There are plenty of opportunities for students to get experience and work placement; by working as Student Ambassador thorough to submission of work; which I have realised as soon as I have finished my studies.
Most; there lectures were supportive; Least; lack of constructive feedback and low level of expectations
I haven’t got involved as I wasn’t aware of all the opportunities available there
The facilities are certainly something that Plymouth College of Art can be proud of; it’s amazing and it’s available to almost everyone; amazing!
The city itself is not great; but I suppose there are dull areas in every city;
I am now aware that there are few; however I wasn’t aware of any during my studies; lack of research from my perspective
The support available is great; especially in student support area; they go above and beyond to support students from different backgrounds
Without attending PCA I would not be where I am today. I owe a lot to the lecturers and the opportunities that studying at PCA offered me. One thing I would say no matter where you attend, make sure that not only the location is right, but what the university can offer you in regards to support, equipment and opportunities as this will really determine the outcome. PCA can definitely offer all of the above.
While studying at PCA we were part of an in house design studio taking on real live projects from external clients. Taking on this experience is vital when leaving and applying for jobs as you learn industry experience, something a classroom can't always teach. Some of the clients I completed work for during my time at PCA still contact me for the odd project here and there.
They way in which the lecturers don't direct you in a specific way. One of the reasons why I originally chose PCA was down to how varied the teaching approach is. You're encouraged to explore your creativity to come up with concepts to a project/module. I had a passion for digital design along with web development. This meant that each project I undertook I tried to incorporate a digital approach.
The SU was only just getting started when I was studying at PCA, however the events were starting to get really interesting. The SU also started hosting a summer ball that was a great feeling as you felt that PCA community spirit.
The facilities are really good. A lot of funding has been put into making sure that all the facilities are kept up to date.
Living so close to the coast was a huge benefit. Even though you have to get transport to the beach the coast and view down Plymouth is incredible. The nightlife was always good with student deals mostly every pub/bar you entered.
Great memories, really helpful tutors, fantastic facilities and a great sense of community. glad I chose art school and not a generic university. makes all the difference.
Lots of opportunities to enter design competitions, always told to apply to things and job opps that came up. careers dept at the uni. tutors really good with advice on self promotion, business set up etc.
I loved that the tutors felt completely approachable to speak to and contact time with staff was really high. I felt I didn't connect very closely with my year group which may be the thing I liked least, but that wasn't anything to do with the course.
I came to university a bit later as an adult so found I wasn't really interested in most of the student union activities.
Great and keep getting better
City life is okay, very up and coming arts and culture scene you can get your teeth stuck into and quickly help in making things happen/ make a difference. Plymouth definitely on the up, it's an exciting place to be for new opportunities.
I didn't get involved with them
Fantastic. Can't fault the tutors at all!
I didn't learn anything that was useful to my career. Everything I know about photography was self taught. Again, the ERC was great and allowed me to take on work without the expense of renting gear. Tuition was lack lustre
There isn't anything that was helpful to me in the course apart from the use of kit for free
Was there one?
The kit store and darkrooms are a highlight
Didn't know there were any
My overall experience has been great. I have met so many people and made so many friends, it has changed me into a better person (at least I hope). I am also really happy to work for my university, it is very rewarding for me. Unfortunately, most of the positive experiences have come from sources outside of my actual course. My course has drained me mentally and has left me a person who rarely enjoys his craft (photography) anymore. I understand that an undergraduate degree is bound to do this no matter the quality of the course, but I feel that my course specifically requires attention to bring it up to the national standard and the standard of the university it is a part of.
My university has a careers office which is well-staffed with people in the know on careers in the creative industry who are always on hand to help students further their professional careers. The careers office also offers potential work placement bursaries to help you with the costs of travelling to and working on a work placement. Additionally, my university employs students as 'Student Ambassadors', a flexible and interesting role that I feel pairs perfectly with student life.
I feel that the professional practice module on my course specifically currently lacks true meaning and is almost entirely based on the lecturers' understanding of 'employability', which I have often found to be quite deluded. I feel similarly about other modules on my course as well, however, I do not believe that students on other courses are as unhappy. In my opinion, the course's modules lack structure and are, as noted above, based on the lecturer's personal interests, beliefs, and desires. I do not feel that the majority of my course is to the advantage of its students. I am happy that in the second year my class and I have been given more freedom to work on our own interests, but I feel there is still lots to be improved in this area.
I think that my Students' Union is excellent and deserves more support from the university (faculty and students included). Our SU is a calmer and more pleasant (in my opinion) environment than I have seen in other universities, and in bar/clubs around Plymouth. I think that if the SU were given more support, especially financially, it could really flourish.
The university's facilities are much better than anything I had at my sixth-form college, but I still think some improvements can be made. For instance, though we have lots of high-quality media equipment in our 'Equipment Resource Centre', much of it suffers from mild to severe technical faults. In addition, the ERC itself is understaffed and queues can be long.
Plymouth is in a beautiful location wedged between the sea and Dartmoor. You can pretty quickly and easily get to some very beautiful places, especially if you have a car and somebody who knows the area. Unfortunately, Plymouth can be a rough city, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. There are lots of homeless people on the streets.
This seems to be something which is taking off. It wasn't very popular when I was a first-year, but appears to be taking off. I haven't used clubs and societies much, but I know that there are some very popular ones.
I don't feel that there is much support for students when it comes to feedback or counselling. The feedback on my course is something that most students feel is terrible. As a student representative, I've received many complaints and comments that the feedback is vague, unnecessarily harsh and unprofessional, or non-existent. I have also known more than one person who has gone to our student-counselling services only to return feeling worse than before. This is not to say that all the staff in student support are corrupt, I know for a fact that there are very helpful staff in there, but I feel that there are some unhelpful characters that are ruining support for the students.
It has been great I have made lots of great connections and developed my ideas ready to progress in the outside world. I feel that my practice is much stronger now and knows its direction.
we had extensive careers sessions and the opportunity to have as much or as little support as we needed. The team offered placements and found internships in relevant areas.
I would have liked more across college collaboration. However, I understand that this doesn't suit everyone; it would have been good for me. I also know that the years below me now do allot more inter-disciplinary studies and this may have filled the gap for off topic collaboration.
As a small college, it can be difficult to build a following but the team worked hard to put on events and make people feel welcome.
Amazing! So much good stuff to use and learn to use.
Cheap! Friendly and fun lots to do and with a large uni in the city to there are lots of similar aged/focused people around.
I didn't get too involved but know there are loads to join and they meet in the su all the time.
Generally good. Support when you need it. You just need to ask. there is a student hub that has lost of help with finance and housing and counseling.