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About Us

Our Schools & Outreach team raise aspirations and awareness of arts education at higher level. From careers fairs to online workshops, and employability talks to portfolio support - find out how we can connect your students with meaningful creative encounters.

Our team are here to support you, and help students progress to studying arts at degree level; preparing for professional employment within the booming creative and cultural industries, which contribute over £111.7 billion per year to the UK economy.

We are passionate about building links with schools and colleges all over the country and endeavour to deliver first hand, relatable experiences to inspire your students to continue on with their arts education.

Please contact liaison@pca.ac.uk if you are interested in arranging a visit to learn more about studying art at degree level. We can provide talks on student life, portfolio reviews, mock interviews, and choosing the right course.


Career Guidance

Our activities provide meaningful encounters with Gatsby Benchmarks 4, 5, 6 and 7. To discuss ways in which we can work with your students and facilitate good career guidance please contact our team.

If a face-to-face meeting isn't possible, we also offer virtual workshops and pre-recorded IAG sessions. To find out more please email liaison@pca.ac.uk


Workshops

Organising workshops is one of the best ways to give students an insight into studying arts subjects at degree level. We can provide everything from beginner or taster sessions to full projects. Please download our Outreach Workshop Menu to view a full list of bookable activities. If there is a specialist discipline that you require, let us know and we can organise it for you.

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Students explore art, design, fashion and digital media at our dedicated Pre-Degree Campus Palace Court and Palace Studios.

Specialist Guidance

As well as workshops we are here to offer guidance and support, and can offer presentations and advice on student funding and UCAS applications, as well as course-specific talks for students wanting to learn more about specific areas of study. Our practicing creative professionals are on hand to talk through their professional expertise and journey to inspire and inform your students.


Mock Interviews

Mock interviews are a great way to prepare students for HE interviews. Our graduate team can use their first-hand experience to offer tips and hints, as well as pinpointing ways in which students can stand out.


Portfolio Reviews

When applying for degree-level study, students need a creative portfolio or showreel that showcases a range of techniques and media, for them to demonstrate their skills, interests, experience and level of commitment to art, design and/or digital media. Our team can offer students practical tips on how best to present their work, what content to use, and how to order a portfolio or showreel.


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Events

Staff and students from Plymouth College of Art attend careers fairs all over the UK; please get in touch to request our attendance. If you would like to discuss any of the above, please contact our team at liaison@pca.ac.uk

Throughout the year we attend a busy calendar of UCAS events, including Create Your Future Manchester and London. To view a list of upcoming dates visit our What's On pages.

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Next Steps South West

Next Steps South West (NSSW) is a partnership of fourteen universities and colleges throughout Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, funded by the Office for Students (OfS). Plymouth College of Art has been a partner college in the Next Steps South West project since it’s launch in January 2017.

As the region’s National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), together NSSW helps young people navigate their personal journey to higher education (HE). Through impartial events and activities, NSSW inspires students aged 13-19 years old to fulfil their potential.

NSSW’s targeted outreach interventions build aspiration, awareness and access to HE, ensuring target students throughout the region can make an informed choice for their future.