Interdisciplinary Week

For our brief for interdisciplinary week, we had to imagine what an Art College of the future could be in 2030 and what that means. Put into groups, we had to work together and conjure ideas. I was nervous, but I was more nervous about working in a team and not knowing what their work ethic was.

However, I met 4 lovely people, Jennie, Zsa, Jessie and Chelsea. Zsa and Jennie were mature students, which I found really refreshing; not only were they hardworking but kind.

We had to create a team name for this project; we decided to create an anagram of our initials. Thus how we came to the name ‘Caz & The JJ’s’.

Our Manifesto


We would hope to live, play, learn and work in a building which is of a quiet, non-polluting footprint. Treading lightly on the planet. We pledge to recycle and reuse to create and make. We also aim to be a hub of the Plymouth community,

imparting our knowledge and expertise to people of all ages and backgrounds, allowing the whole of Plymouth to be raised to the forefront of sustainable living.



We believe it is our right and our duty to have a college that is moving towards carbon negativity and sustainability but also be able to provide an inspirational and peaceful space to nurture and encourage future creative practitioners.



We intend to be world class, combining current and futuristic technology with ethical values to create a state of the art example of a sustainable college. Our energy will be student-led and generated, with vertical gardens, wind turbines, solar heating and a centralised recycling centre to enable the college community to utilise resources in a unique and revolutionary recycling scheme.  Our doors will be open to the Plymouth community through workshops and exhibitions. Our students wellbeing continues to be our priority and our innovative facilities allow them to flourish and grow into creative practitioners that will take them into the future.


Possible Programmes

  • Underwater Photography Course
  • Food health and sustainability which stays in the college farm to learn about growing food.
  • Sustainable Arts.  All products made on the course.  Making charcoal. Own pigments. Own paper.  Building Canvas and screen, from ethical sources.  Modules in making paper from scrap. Research modules of energy used in cut and how to minimise it.  Seeking alternatives for colour use. Historical module. How they used pigments in other times.
  • Using our state of the art solar panelled roof top pool with totally environmentally friendly swimming pond.  ( plant & organism we have designed a programme that incorporates basic technical knowledge with the teaching of PADI qualifications, studios and use of our dive tank.
  • Therapeutic Farm/Painting School/Beginners Workshops
  • Knitting/crochet
  • Weaving
  • Dance
  • Creative Cookery
  • Art History/Practical
  • Underwater Photography
  • BSc Interdisciplinary courses with P.U.
  • Music
  • Sustainable Arts
  • Art History (practical and sustainable)

CAZ & The JJ’s

Underwater Photography Notes – Amy
The course/workshop content, would entail learning about;

  • The correct equipment that works for you
  • The method in how to shoot images
  • Basic principles of good composition of underwater photography
  • Practical techniques

Underwater photography can be categorized as an art form and a method for recording data. It offers rare photographic opportunities; taking images of fish, seaweed and other underwater plant life, as well as creating underwater landscapes and scenes, and portraits of other peers.

It is usually done while scuba diving, alternatively working on the surface of the water by snorkeling or swimming could is possible. Scuba diving would require specialised instructors.


Shoots from every workshop will lead down to a central, self sorting and organised recycling centre. The waste currently produced by Art Schools around the globe is unsustainable, with materials not being used to their full potential. What we will provide is a free resources centre where offcuts and scraps of metal, glass, wood, paper, plastic and much more will be transported from the workshops to the recycling centre effortlessly and can then be utilised by other students.


This is our final outcome at the end of the 3 days and what we exhibited. Together we constructed a prototype of how we imagined the art college could be.


Jessie, and our notes.


I constructed a mood board to further aid peoples imagination and idea.


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