Located on the coast of Devon in the South West of England, Plymouth is Britain’s Ocean City. With a beautiful waterfront and harbour that includes a lovingly restored 1935 Art Deco lido, and plenty of stunning surrounding countryside, our thriving city offers a wealth of inspiration alongside vibrant culture and world-class events to over 35,000 students.

Plymouth was named the 'coolest little city by the sea' by British GQ and ranked as one of the coolest places to live by The Times. There’s something special about the way that music, art and film blend in Plymouth. We are actively involved in an intergenerational placemaking project that is transforming the city into the regional capital of visual arts – reflected in investment from Arts Council England.

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The light-based festival, Illuminate, offers an immersive experience, with projections, light installations and interactive performance opportunities set out across Plymouth. Featured work from artists include internationally renowned visual composer, Xavi Bové, as well as our over 50 of our students and alumni. Read more.

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Royal William Yard is one of the best places to stay, play, work, and rest in the South West. The award winning Grade I listed ex-Naval victualling yard in Plymouth is home to a stunning range of leading restaurants, bars, galleries, shops and an eclectic range of high quality, local and national unique events - from monthly good food markets, theatre and outdoor cinemas through to live music and circus performances.

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Contemporary arts venues like KARST , The Box Plymouth, and Ocean Studios house innovative contemporary art exhibitions and residencies, whilst the college houses our own well-established Gallery and Plymouth Arts Cinema, an independent arthouse cinema.

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Open six days a week, Plymouth Market has been located in Plymouth's West End since 1959. It's the go to place for a fantastic range of goods, from fresh veg and artisan foods to independent businesses and pop-up stalls. Shop local, shop small.

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Plymouth’s artistic spirit shines in the Theatre Royal, the largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK. Our relationship with the theatre provides opportunities for collaborations and industry experience – it is currently the venue for our graduation ceremony.

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Plymouth Arts Cinema, based at our Tavistock Place campus, is the city's only independent cinema. Moving from it's original home of Plymouth Arts Centre on Looe Street in early 2019, the cinema is open to the public and the 118 seat auditorium boasts a state-of-the-art sound system and cinema screen to showcase a hand-picked selection of arthouse, foreign language and modern classic films.