Arts University Plymouth


  • Location: Seaside, City

About us


Arts University Plymouth is a new kind of Arts University for the 21st century, preparing graduates who are uniquely placed to provide creative solutions to the complex global challenges of our times.

Founded in 1856 as the Plymouth Drawing School, we are proud to be the Arts University in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City. The University offers a comprehensive spectrum of specialist undergraduate, postgraduate and pre-degree study in art, design, craft and digital media programmes to a dynamic community of around 1,500 UK and international students – combining over 165 years of creativity with contemporary thinking and cutting-edge, industry standard resources.

Our university is widely regarded as a catalyst for individual, societal and ecological transformation, delivering innovative and distinctive learning, teaching and research through our interdisciplinary ecosystem of materials, processes, technologies and knowledge exchange.

Study at Arts University Plymouth

Explore our specialist facilities, vibrant student community, and thriving arts scene in Plymouth, Britain's Ocean City.

What makes us different

We offer the richest, most diverse ecosystem of materials, technologies, processes, practices, and exchange of ideas at any arts university in the UK. 

Our 13,000 square metres of studios & workshops are filled with professional workspaces, studios and state-of-the-art facilities. Our city-centre campus is home to our public gallery MIRROR; Fab Lab Plymouth; our creative business incubation programme Workroom; & Plymouth Arts Cinema. Our campus is situated in the heart of a vibrant cultural quarter of Plymouth, adjacent to The Box & numerous other emerging art spaces. 

Our creative degrees provide you with the skills & knowledge to thrive at the forefront of the creative industries. Whatever you wish to do, we can support you during your studies & help you to fulfil your long-term career aspirations.

Voted University of the Year for SW England by students (WUSCA’s 24), as well as #2 in the UK for Facilities, #3 in the UK for Student Support & #4 in the UK for Lecturers & Teaching Quality

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Arts University Plymouth

Tavistock Place, Plymouth, PL4 8AT

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Tavistock Place, Plymouth, PL4 8AT