Founded in 1856, Plymouth College of Art is a specialist independent Higher Education institution, which combines over 160 years of history with up-to-the-minute thinking and cutting-edge facilities, and more than 2,500 students study at our campuses in the heart of Plymouth. Our portfolio of courses includes BA (Hons) Fashion and BA (Hons) Fashion Media & Marketing.
A spirit of independence runs through our vibrant BA (Hons) Fashion programme, and we develop talented, innovative and versatile individuals. Supported by a team of experienced professionals, our students learn traditional techniques, and how to combine these with new methodologies – such as using the facilities in our digital Fab Lab – to become creative and confident fashion practitioners. The industry-standard resources in our studios provide the tools for our students to realise their ideas, and develop design specialisms and technical skills in all areas of fashion, from design to styling. We encourage our students to collaborate with other degree specialisms, developing collaborations with students on degree level study from commercial photography to printed textiles, and jewellery to filmmaking.
Also on offer, our BA (Hons) Fashion Media & Marketing programme enables students to develop strong conceptual, visual and written communication skills, and explore a broad range of techniques in art direction, styling, photography, film, graphics, retail design, fashion writing, social media and advertising. This is a practice-based and multidisciplinary programme that prepares students to make their mark in the world of fashion.
All of our students are given the opportunity to work on industry-led briefs, projects, and competitions, gaining understanding of the crucial relationship between design, creativity, project management and communication, along with insight into factors that impact design, development and production.