Department profile

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

University of Plymouth
2019/20 edition

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About Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Through the provision of creative learning we build a culture of ingenuity, diversity and distinctiveness, a culture that has far reaching benefits that go beyond the faculty, beyond the University and reach out into the community, industry and economy at large.

Our Schools

School of Art, Design and Architecture

Based within the award-winning Roland Levinski Building, the revamped Scott Building and the historic Royal William Yard, the university provides access to a range of cutting edge, industry standard facilities.

Our subject areas include

  • Architecture & Built Environment: programmes validated or accredited by professional organisations such as the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Architects Registration Board and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Our courses:

  • MA Architecture: work on live studio based projects both in the UK and abroad
  • MSC High Performance Buildings: get inspired through research informed teaching
  • M.Arch Architecture: over 95% of our recent graduates have found work in the UK, the Middle East and Australia

Photography & Photographic Arts

  • Our masters provision is delivered in the context of a lively and high quality research culture across art, media and photography. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of symposia, conferences, lectures, artists talks, films, exhibitions, performances and seminars.

Course courses:

  • MA Photography: graduate with an individually tailored award within a field of contemporary photography: MA Photography, MA Photography and the Book, MA Photography and the Land, MA Photography and Writing.
  • MFA Photographic Arts: benefit from flexible learning approaches including distance learning, off campus tutorials and seminars, sites and studio visits.
  • Design: be inspired by teaching staff who are internationally renowned design practioners in our state of the art Roland Levinski Building with use of the Apple Mac suites and in house letterpress studio.

Our courses:

  • MA Design: specialise in Design Products, Brand Design, Design for Information, Design for Engineering Systems, Service and Interaction Design, Maker and Materials, Design Thinking for Social Innovation, Sustainable Futures and Spatial Design.
  • MRes/ ResM Art and Technology: cultivate advanced digital skills through access to exclusive technological facilities including the Immersive Vision Theatre and IBM funded Smarter Planet Lab.
  • MA Publishing@ benefit from key industry partnerships with publishers such as FW Media and the University of Plymouth Press.

School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Our subject areas include

  • Humanities: at The University of Plymouth you can explore you chosen subject from a local and a global perspective, both via our programme content and in the opportunities available to you such as community events, international exchanges and our strong tradition of cultural engagement.

Our courses

  • MA Archival Practice: taught in partnership with The Box, Plymouth’s new heritage centre.
  • ResM Art History: postgraduate destinations include: funded PhD and postdoctoral study at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of East Anglia and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).
  • MA Creative Writing: get involved with our student literary journal, INK, or the Arts Institute within our Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • ResM English: draw on staff expertise in a wealth of diverse areas, from the early modern period to contemporary literature.
  • MA English Literature: benefit from small class sizes in order to maximise face to face contact with tutors.
  • MA/ResM History: graduate destinations for our recent MA students include funded PhDs, PGCE teacher training, NHS graduate management training and public sector heritage business management.

Performing Arts and Music

Our courses

  • ResM Computer Music: work as part of a global research centre- the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research – with staff, PhD students and post- doctoral researchers from all over the world.
  • ResM Dance: the award-winning purpose-built House Theatre provides state-of-the-art and fully accessible 200 seat auditorium, studio theatre and rehearsal spaces.
  • MA/MFA Performance Training: make use of the close links we have fostered with leading theatre companies and professional artists.
  • ResM Theatre and Performance: be a member of the Plymouth Conservatoire, a unique partnership between the University and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Institute of Education

Our courses:

  • MA Education: our specialist and optional modules are designed to allow you the opportunity to peruse your own interests.
  • Education: Autism: engage in six full-day face-to-face sessions with blended learning tasks and activates carried out between sessions.
  • PGCE (incorporating the Diploma in Education and Training): spend two days a week on placement in a further education and skills setting.
  • PGCE Early Years: this course leads directly to Qualified Teacher Status with a specialism in teaching 3-7 year olds.
  • PGCE Primary: choose a programme with a national reputation for its quality
  • PGCE Secondary and Pathways: spend two thirds of your PGCE on placement in a 24 week placement.
  • Post -16 Mathematics Education
  • Professional Doctorate in Education: most participants are already in employment but the programme provides excellent opportunities for developing a career in education and leading learning in an organisation. The EdD qualification equips you to work in Higher Education as a lecturer or researcher.
  • School Direct (Primary): bursaries of up to £20,000 are available
  • The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination: accredited by the National Award for SEN Coordination QS Approved Provider.