Plymouth College of Art

Our college has strong links with the wider community. We run a busy national and international programme of visiting artists, exhibitions, public events and partnership activities.

Our vision: High quality education for life in contemporary arts practice, as the creative catalyst for personal, professional and cultural transformation.

Our ethos: Places the aspirations and support needs of every student at the very heart of our creative enterprise.

Our purpose: As an independent specialist Art College since 1856 is to provide a distinctive, innovative and supportive learning community in contemporary arts practice; to add value to the cultural, social and economic life of Plymouth and the South West region; and to develop our distinctive profile of our work nationally and internationally.

Our values: We believe in the centrality of the arts to social value, culture, community, welfare, and prosperity;

We uphold the primary significance of learning through practice and participation for individual development, transformation and fulfilment;

We see our College as a crucible, or laboratory, for artistic experiment, exchange, entrepreneurship and innovation, and for new thinking, in the service of our wider communities;

We value and invite purposeful, mutual partnership;

We celebrate social and cultural diversity, and encourage engagement with the community and cross-cultural dimensions of learning in local, regional, national and international contexts;

We respect our environment, and have a strong commitment to sustainable practice;

We aspire to the highest standards of contemporary art practice and achievement.


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