INFORMATION FOR NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS OCT 2020


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We look forward to seeing you!

Creating Safe and Secure Spaces to Learn

Extensive measures are being introduced across each Plymouth College of Art building to prepare for reopening, from protective plastic barriers for student and visitor facing services, 2-metre distances between workstations, one way systems and optimised timetables with staggered breaks and start times, to enhanced cleaning regimes, staff retraining and access to sanitising stations that will allow students back into workshops and studios, using the equipment and facilities that will prepare them for careers in the UK’s world-leading creative industries.

With new rules in place across every building, Plymouth College of Art will work with the Local Authority and Public Health England to support and promote the Track and Trace initiative. Over the summer, all new and returning students will receive simple guidance on how to return safely.

For more information for new and returning students in October 2020, please click here.

A close-knit community of creatives

Unlike many larger universities, where the arts faculty often competes with other unrelated courses, Plymouth College of Art offers a close-knit, specialised community where subject leaders and technicians know every student by name and can offer a personalised learning experience that works efficiently on campus and online. Each subject at the college has responded to the challenge of lockdown in different ways, creating new ongoing projects through video teaching and briefings that have taken advantage of the opportunities of live online learning by connecting students with practising artists locally, nationally and from around the world.

BA (Hons) Fashion, Media & Marketing students have put their questions to graduates working with brands including Dior, Pro:Direct and END, within the growing online series of Pro:Talks. As part of the new Digital Visiting Lecturer series, BA (Hons) Film and Screen Arts and BA (Hons) Digital Media Production students have been advised by industry experts including Maria Norman, Head of the BBC Natural History Unit whose CV boasts Blue Planet Live, Animals with Cameras, Dynasties, and Seven Worlds One Planet, and foam sculptor Richardo Paiz, who has worked on sets, environments and props for productions including Avengers and From Dusk Till Dawn.

BA (Hons) Illustration students have developed their work at home alongside their peers during online life drawing classes as well as participating in portfolio surgeries hosted by industry specialists including Fig Taylor from the Association of Illustrators and BA (Hons) Fine Art students have been advised on setting up as artists-in-residence within their own home spaces by independent curator Ben Borthwick, formerly of Tate and Italy’s Miart.

A new kind of art school experience

Associate Professor and Academic Dean Paul Fieldsend-Danks said: “We’ve said before that Plymouth College of Art is a dynamic, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers for whom creativity is as important as reading and writing. When you come to study with us, you learn through both making and thinking, so it’s no surprise that students and staff alike are incredibly excited to return in person to our studios and workshops.

“We’ve all learned a lot over the summer and I’m incredibly proud of the way our community has responded to the restrictions that lockdown necessitated, from video-streamed guest lecturers by internationally-acclaimed artists and digital roundtable discussions with industry pros to online peer-to-peer crits and technical workshops that have been adapted to use alternative materials and equipment that students could access easily at home. Academics have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our students on the level support and personal connection that they continue to receive. In fact, many students have reported that they feel like they’re receiving a more personalised learning experience than ever before.

“This year has demonstrated clearly that we can’t take anything for granted, which is why we’ve identified flexible measures to ensure that the work of students and graduates flourishes in a digital environment whilst future-proofing them for long-term success in the creative industries. Whatever happens in the autumn, we’re ready online and on campus to deliver a tailored art-school experience that builds technical skills, nurtures ideas and develops the conceptual and critical voices of our students, connecting them with real-world projects nationally, internationally and in our local community."