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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

**Plymouth College of Art has been granted full university status and formally recognised with the new title of Arts University Plymouth, following approval by the Privy Council. This makes us the City of Plymouth’s first specialist arts university.**The title of Arts University Plymouth signifies a change to the way that the world will see us, our position within the sector and the mobility of our graduates; but not a change in the way that we see ourselves or what we do. Arts University Plymouth will build upon the existing strength of our unique culture and incredible community; we have no plans to change the specialist focus of the work we do together. The name Arts University Plymouth will appear on our qualifications, making it easier for employers and peers to recognise that our students were taught at a leading specialist arts university.In May we were awarded the **Best Small or Specialist University at the 2022 WhatUni Student Choice Awards**, coming top in a list of well-respected specialist UK universities, based on unbiased and honest reviews from students across the UK, in a category that highlights the quality of our provision as a specialist creative university.**This programme gives you an introduction to a wide range of technologies and techniques for designing and making textiles for fashion, interiors and installation. You’ll be encouraged to experiment and generate your own ideas, exploring design to reveal your approach to tactile, structural, three-dimensional making.**- Evolve your visual language through expressive use of media, drawing and digital design and developing an understanding of consumer and art trends.- Gain work experience opportunities and internships, building a network of suppliers, agents and specialist events.- Work with design professionals who will nurture and develop you as a contemporary designer, with links to enterprise and industry.We value the fusion of traditional making with new technologies – from laser cutting and 3D printing through to tufted surfaces, embroidery and innovative fabric manipulation. Focusing on the development of material ideas and their application to many different kinds of outcomes, we help you refine your craft, making and textile manipulation skills.You’ll work in a truly multidisciplinary environment with product designers, photographers and fine artists across the college. Through access to diverse technologies and our encouragement of sophisticated, playful, innovative ideas, you’ll gain the knowledge needed to design and make for high-end, bespoke textiles. We support students visiting London Design Fair, the Design Museum and Dutch Design Week, fashion fabric shows in New York, and interiors shows such as Maison & Objet in Paris, where you’ll be introduced to the potential of contemporary textiles and their applications. Our £8 million development of studios and workshops offers you an inspirational space overlooking the city and the sea. You’ll have access to Fab Lab Plymouth, AVA software, Photoshop and Illustrator, knitting and digital embroidery machines, dye labs, digital and screen printing facilities, knitting machines, digital embroidery machines and tufting guns.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.

Application deadline

25 January

Tuition fees

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£ 15,800per year

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Entry requirements

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UCAS Points : 112 - 120

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.


University information

Arts University Plymouth

  • Campus address

    Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    80th out of 87

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    138 62%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    38.0 38%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.86 77%



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