Launching September 2021
Applying to study with us in 2021?
We are excited to launch this new course for 2021 as we enhance our well-established undergraduate curriculum. Degrees listed as subject to validation are in the final stage of our rigorous approval process, designed to ensure they accurately reflect course content and employment opportunities for students. Through close consultation with industry professionals, academics, students and alumni we can ensure that your learning prepares you for a dynamic and ever-changing future job market.
*Subject to validation
Explore the production, consumption and meaning of media and culture in both online and offline outputs. This course will build your theoretical insight, analytical skills, and appreciation of social contexts, future-proofing you for a career in the ever-evolving media landscape.
Inspiring curiosity, critical insight, ambition and knowledge, we will provide you with the tools and skills to investigate the social, economic, political, and practical dimensions of media in a global cultural setting, and to recognise the key roles of media in shaping who we are, what we think, and what we value.
As a student within our School of Critical + Cultural Studies, you will undertake an in-depth critical exploration of culture and the mass media and analyse the influence of mass media on society. You’ll be encouraged to develop an independent critical voice and gain the confidence to communicate your ideas with conviction. As part of our independent art school, you will be uniquely well-placed to collaborate with students from award-winning undergraduate courses in art, design and media, grounding your study in a uniquely interdisciplinary creative environment.
Using the skills and methods developed through the course, you will become a flexible and engaged reader of a wide range of cultural materials and practices and develop your cultural understanding of gender, race, class, sexuality and the postcolonial world. You will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in media production with equipment resourced from our professional Multimedia Lab and gain unrivalled access to specialised facilities in art, design and digital media.
Skills such as critical analysis and comprehension, research, presentation and writing can lead to many avenues of employment – from journalism and marketing to arts administration. The course is designed to equip you to work in media-related careers, television production, teaching and journalism as well as for further study at Master’s level and for research in Media, Cultural Studies and related disciplines.
You will critically explore the links between culture, media and society with a focus on: popular culture; mass media and advertising; digital media technologies; news and journalism; television and film; literature and the arts; cultural differences and practices; gender, sexuality, class, race, religion and identity; the body and embodiment; transnational media and culture; capitalism and media ownership; cultural history and memory; multiculturalism and cultural policy amongst other areas.
Your learning will be supported by regular guest lecturers and industry mentors. Recent contributors to our media school include; Production Designer Ed Turner, best known for Merlin, Grandchester, and Rock The Kasbah, Videographer Luke Sims, Fashion Filmmakers Lindsay Knight, Actor Kevin Johnson, Filmmaker Dean Puckett and Film Music Composer and Music Producer Ben Hudson.
Our graduates can become:
Advertising Account Executives
Showrunners (broadcasting and film)
Social Media Managers
Our unit structure applies to all of our undergraduate courses and creates a culture that promotes curiosity and creative thinking that extends beyond subject boundaries. Thematic approaches encourage an environment of free-flowing creative learning and opportunities for collaboration. Each unit will be contextualised by the subject specialism, and delivery will manifest uniquely through the specialist lens of each course.
Applying to a four-year Extended BA degree?
If you choose to study an Extended BA, this will provide you with a preparatory year that will support your creative development through a broad range of art, design and media skills, as the basis for continued undergraduate study in your chosen specialist degree. In Year 0 you will learn through experimentation, exploration and discovery. Successful completion of this year allows automatic progression to Year 1 of your chosen three year BA at Plymouth College of Art.
Unit 1: Methods & Materials
Unit 2: Encountering place
Unit 3: Exploring subject
Unit 4: Platforms of exchange
Unit 1: Speculative Strategies
Unit 2: Global Challenges
Unit 3: Ideas & Audience
Unit 4: Emergent practice
Unit 1: Research & Development
Unit 2: Publication
Unit 3: Positioning practice
Unit 4: Final project
Careers & alumni
A degree in Media and Cultural Studies from Plymouth College of Art means that you will be ready to enter a wide range of careers across the media and cultural industries, like journalism, media management, film, television and video production, film criticism, social media branding, public relations and advertising.
Our graduates can become:
Advertising Account Executives
Public Relations Officers
Runners for broadcasting, film or video
Social Media Managers
Web Content Managers
You will be taught by our team of highly experienced academic staff, all of whom are active makers and researchers in critical and cultural practice.
You will benefit from their knowledge and experience of professional practice and they will encourage you to explore and test materials, concepts, media and audiences.
The college also has a wide range of outstanding art, design and media facilities including: drawing studio; workshops for fine art printmaking, ceramics, glass, wood and plastics; the Digital Print Bureau and Equipment Resource Centre; open-access computer suites; and a well-stocked library.
You’ll also have access to Fab Lab Plymouth, a digital ‘fabrication laboratory’ based in the heart of our Plymouth city-centre campus.
Our Careers & Enterprise office provides support from a dedicated team who are focused on employability and developing creative opportunities for students.
Facilities at the college include:
Animation, Film and Photography Studios
Our students make full use of our industry-standard dedicated studio spaces – including our infinity cove, green screen, and specialist sound studio (with Foley pit and vocal recording booth) – plus our stop-motion suite, our darkrooms, and plenty of individual edit suites, all up-to-date with the latest industry-standard software.
Ceramics and Glass Workshops
With a glass furnace that works at 1,100 degrees, 10 potters wheels, resources for hot, warm and cold glass processes, a plaster room for mould making, 16 kilns, a well-stocked glaze mixing area and individual studio space, our Ceramics and Glass Workshops have a real ‘wow’ factor, rivalling any art school around the country.
With north-facing windows, a ‘methods and process’ area, individual studio space and a specialist life-drawing studio, our impressive, open-plan, triple-height Drawing Studio is a huge space, perfect for many different activities and specialisms.
Our ‘fabrication laboratory’ is kitted-out with the latest in digital design technologies – from 3D printers to 3D scanners, a vinyl cutter, CNC milling machine, CNC router and laser cutter. It adds a whole new level of opportunity for students across all creative walks of life.
This large professional studio offers a real-life fashion experience in a fabulous space with sea views. Specialist industrial and domestic sewing machines, a range of knitting machines and a wide stock of fabrics and knitting yarns sit alongside a media and marketing Mac suite, a fully operational CAD cutting facility, and a library of designer garments to inspire.
Fine Art Printmaking Studios
A fantastic facility supporting fine art printmaking, our dedicated space caters for a wide range of programmes and processes. You’ll get access to a 150-year-old Columbian press, an Albion press, a historic and rare wallpaper press, and an automatic FAG proofing press, plus a broad selection of metal and wood type, vacuum screen-printing beds, and four etching presses.
Jewellery Design Studio
Housed in our fantastic new Craft, Design and Fabrication Workshops, this stunning space provides everything for contemporary and traditional techniques in jewellery design, including benches supplied with gas and oxygen, in-house metal casting resources, hand and machine-forming tools, facilities for vitreous enamelling, and a separate chemical room for etching, anodising and patternation. We also have larger metalwork equipment for welding, brazing, cutting and grinding.
With views out to sea and 35 metres of print tables to encourage experimentation, our Printed Textile Design Studios also boast a fantastic Mimaki fabric printer, digital embroidery resources, industrial sewing machines, sublimation printers, a dye lab, heat presses, a tufting gun and a Mac suite. It’s got to be one of the best-printed textile workshops in the UK.
Digital Print Bureau and Equipment Resource Centre
Our Digital Print Bureau offers affordable and quick print services for all our students who are looking for anything from large-format or solvent printing, to photo printing, scanning or vinyl cutting, and a wide range of finishing services. Our highly experienced Equipment Resource Centre staff can advise you on which of our 6,000 pieces of industry-standard kit – from underwater cameras to traditional large format cameras and all free to hire – will best meet your needs.
Woods and Plastics Workshop
Alongside the latest in new technology, we value the long-standing traditions of making in wood and plastics – and have developed an excellently-resourced workshop that is open to all our students. It boasts a wide range of kit, including an impressive CNC router, plenty of saws and lathes, and strip-heaters, as well as greenwood-working facilities.