I loved every minute! The facilities are amazing, the staff are so supportive in helping you try new things and I made so many great friends while I was studying. Plymouth is a really exciting place to be, it has an active arts community and is surrounded by inspiring landscapes and friendly people. Plymouth College of Art is an independent art school, it's not corporate and it encourages you to be creative and push boundaries – I loved it!
Plymouth College of Art provided me with some great opportunities during my study, including live briefs, competitions, taking part in events to exhibit and sell my work, working on commissions etc. They also help you set yourself up for life after graduating, including how to set yourself up as a freelancer, how to promote your work and get your name out there and things like 'how to price your work, where to find support' etc. I still find work through the connections I made at Plymouth College of Art even now!
Making great friends and connections, being inspired by my lecturers and their own creative work, learning new techniques and having access to amazing facilities!
The SU is brilliant, really welcoming and friendly. If there's a society or club that doesn't already exist, they encourage you to start one up and it's a great way to meet new people.
A M A Z I N G!
Plymouth is a lovely city by the sea. The arts and culture scene here is growing rapidly and there's a great music scene here too. You're not just a small fish in a big pond here, you feel like you can really get involved with the creative community here and make a difference - That's why I chose to stick around after graduating!
The tutors are so supportive, I felt like I could drop-in and see them whenever I needed to. They would always respond to my emails, even though I know they had a billion things to do! I built up a great relationship with them and have kept in touch with them since graduating. I didn't use any of the Student Support services myself but I had friends that did and they were offered a great range of support.
Hard to see where 9000 went this year with regards to materials given and work experience/trips (the only ones being a 25 minute coach ride to a beach or a 2 minute walk around the corner to the local museum, we have to pay for all of or own printing which for a digital artist is not cheap at all, you can lend materials from a stock room or buy materials from the college shop
As a foundation year I wouldn't expect much in the way of career preparation, instead it's a very lax approach to teaching and a lot of self-learning
Finishing the year with a pass
Not through lack of trying but not much happened S.U-wise this year at all
Very good accomodation, unaffiliated with the college of art as they don't offer halls of residence or letting, just reccomended a couple of letting agents
Pretty good if you handle all of the inductions, because the course leader won't organise it for you and if you don't get inducted you can't use the facilities
Amazing, Plymouth is a beautiful, hustle and bustle city
No societies or clubs really come to mind for PCAD
Helpful referral notes but carelessly delivered at times when talking with staff