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Young artists host pop-up Christmas market in Plymouth city centre

This December, our Pre-Degree students will delight visitors in Plymouth with a selection of pop-up shops, exhibitions, miniature trade fairs and a celebration of creativity and enterprise as part of our annual Design to Sell event

Post-16 students from Arts University Plymouth will exhibit and sell their original work as part of the annual Design to Sell, a pop-up shop of artwork, prints, paintings, fashion, textiles and more that is open to the public and held in the university’s further education campus, Palace Court on Buckwell Street, on Thursday 1 December 2022 from 10am until 3pm.

Just in time to get a headstart on Christmas shopping, Design to Sell is a collaborative project involving students aged 16 to 19 from the arts university’s range of A-Level-equivalent Extended Diplomas hosting a public exhibition and pop-up shop where they can sell their work and gain valuable market exposure, as entrepreneurs and professional practitioners.

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Design to Sell gives students the opportunity to develop as independent designer-makers, creating high-quality handmade products for paying customers, as well as gaining commercial experience and acquiring transferable skills with a live understanding of the creative industry.

Maddy Blyth, Assistant Head of Pre-Degree at Arts University Plymouth, said: “As December approaches, this is the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping by browsing a range of original artwork and creations in a market supporting the work of 16 to 19-year-olds from across the city.”

“Building skills to enter and succeed in the creative industries or whatever career pathways our students choose is an essential part of what we do at Arts University Plymouth. Our further education students develop exceptional technical knowledge in partnership with the industry skills that they will need to implement to become successful creative professionals and every year we celebrate this work through Design to Sell. This project provides students with the opportunity to design, craft and sell products and experiences to our community, which not only enables them to refine their entrepreneurial skills but also builds confidence in their work. It’s one of the best events of the year!”

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In 2022, 36% of Arts University Plymouth UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma students obtained a Distinction, which is equivalent to 3 A*s at A-level or 168 UCAS points when applying to university. This is significantly higher than the national benchmark of 16%. Art & Design students performed particularly well, with 49% achieving a Distinction, closely followed by Fashion & Textiles and Filmmaking & Media Production students, with 43% of students on both courses achieving Distinctions.

High overall satisfaction levels were recorded at the end of the 21/22 academic year by final-year students from Palace Court. UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication students specialising in Photography were particularly happy with their experiences at Arts University Plymouth, with 100% of students happy with the resources available to them, 100% of students feeling safe in Palace Court and 100% feeling treated fairly by staff.

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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma students specialising in Fashion & Textiles and completing their course in June 2022 also reported particularly high levels of satisfaction. 100% of students were happy with the resources available to them, 100% of students were happy with the progress made during their studies, 100% enjoyed the achievements made during their studies, and 100% felt safe studying in Palace Court.

The Level 3 Extended Diplomas delivered by Arts University Plymouth are designed in collaboration with industry and education partners and recognised by UCAS, arts universities throughout the UK and by employers in the creative industries.