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Stronger together

The Alumni Association at Plymouth College of Art is part of our commitment to supporting your continuing success beyond graduation. Anyone who has graduated from the college is considered a member of our alumni community and is able to join the association.

As part of our alumni community, you can stay connected with fellow graduates and staff, share creative practice, as well as have access to a wide range of benefits and services on offer to alumni; including careers support, invites to events and much more.

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When you join the Alumni Association, you are able to take full advantage of the offers and opportunities exclusively available to you*. These include a 15% discount on fees for our Postgraduate programmes, ​access to careers, CV and job search support for three years after you graduate, and much more. Read on to see the full list of benefits and services available to you as a member of our Alumni Association.

*Please note: The Alumni Association offer described above is an accurate representation of what is available at the time of publishing (August 2020). While we make every effort to provide the most accurate, up-to-date information, occasionally our Alumni Association offer may be subject to change without notice.

We're committed to supporting your career development and offer a wide range of guidance and resources both as a student and for three years after graduation. We offer a range of help via email and face-to-face, including:

  • Help finding work and broadening your industry contacts
  • Advice on CVs, applications and interviews
  • Support with accessing further study
  • Information on working or studying abroad
  • Information on how to access business start-up or freelance support, including business planning, finance, marketing and more, both through college programmes and external support and training agencies.

To find out more please email careers@pca.ac.uk

You can join the Plymouth College of Art Alumni group on LinkedIn, where regular job updates are posted. Click here to find the group or search 'Plymouth College of Art Alumni' on LinkedIn, or join our Alumni mailing list by completing the form at the bottom of the page.

We love to hear about our graduate destinations and alumni success stories. If you have some interesting news please let us know by contacting alumni@pca.ac.uk.

Our Instagram account, @PCAcareers, is a great place to stay up-to-date with alumni activities. Please contact us if you have anything you would like to share with the college community.

As a member of the Alumni Association, you will be invited to a range of interesting and valuable events and opportunities, everything from private views in our Gallery, Careers Talks, Employability seminars and exciting graduate opportunities.

Networking events are a great way to connect with industry, enhance your creative profile and ask questions to support your professional development; not forgetting a great way to catch up with college friends and staff.

Wherever you are based, we are committed to supporting you to network with other graduates who may be living or working in your area; you may want to hold a reunion or an online learning hub, let us know by contacting us on careers@pca.ac.uk and we will support you to do this.

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Plymouth College of Art alumni gather in London to meet with Templo branding agency.

As a graduate of the college, you are entitled to a discount of 15% on postgraduate study fees if you choose to progress onto an MA programme, no matter what year you graduated. This discount applies to alumni from our pre-degree programmes, as well as our undergraduate degrees. To see our full list of MA courses please click here. For more information email enquiries@pca.ac.uk.

Whether you want to learn a new skill or refresh your current techniques, you can receive up to 25% off* our successful evening and weekend courses here at the college. For more information and to find out what programmes are available click here.**

*Places are limited. Discount of up to 25% off Short Course fees only applies to those who graduated from BA/MA/Pre-Degree and Foundation courses or programmes no more than 10 years ago. Contact shortcourses@pca.ac.uk to see if there are any discounted places available on the course you would like to do before booking.

**Please note that Short Courses are not currently running, but that they will resume as soon as possible. More information is available on the Short Courses page.

Members of the Plymouth College of Art Alumni Association are able to continue to access the Library at our Tavistock Place campus for free with a restricted membership for 12 months, using the books on a reference basis or borrowing up to three items from the 3 week loan stock.

Additionally, Alumni members have access to the Robert Lenkiewicz collection, which contains roughly 4,000 books that were owned by the artist. The collection is heavily focussed on drawing and paintings. This collection is for reference use only.

Once the 12 months has elapsed, alumni can pay a small annual fee of £30 for a borrowing library membership, allowing you to borrow up to 3 books at a time.

Please note, none of these memberships allow you to use the computer suites, online learning materials or printing options.

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s scheme to provide funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. Plymouth College of Art Alumni are eligible to apply for funding through the scheme to help them take up international opportunities such as placements and internships.

Please note that Alumni are only eligible for funding if their placement or internship takes place within 12 months of graduating.

Our Volunteer Scheme gives Alumni the chance to volunteer as part of our Technical team, supporting current students in learning how to use the incredible resources and facilities across the college.

In return for your time, the scheme gives you continued access to our resources, and time to undertake your own work.

Applications for the Alumni Volunteer scheme will open in February 2022: make sure you sign up to the Alumni Association using the form below so that you can be notified when positions are made available.

To find out more, email careeers@pca.ac.uk.

Graduation 2019, Theatre Royal Plymouth

A donation to Plymouth College of Art can make a real difference both to the College and its students. You could fund scholarships or bursaries, from supporting a foundation student through to postgraduate level. You could also contribute to a particular exhibition or project within the wide range of research which is being undertaken across the College’s different programmes. Donations also make an enormous difference to the College’s buildings and facilities and can be made towards a particular part of the College’s estate.

Generations of students have benefited from the generosity and foresight of alumni, friends and supporters who have chosen to remember Plymouth College of Art in their will. Their support makes a clear statement about the importance of education and creativity to society, as well as demonstrating support for the College. Legacies large and small are very important to the future of our college. By leaving a legacy to Plymouth College of Art you will be helping an institution that has pushed the boundaries of creativity for over 150 years.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your intentions with you or to provide you with more information. To arrange an informal and confidential discussion, please contact our Alumni team via alumni@pca.ac.uk

With effect from the 2020/21 Academic Year, all Higher Education and Diploma Supplements are issued hard copy to student home addresses and digitally via ‘PremierCert+’, which is a secure online graduate document portal. All students are issued with a log-in to this system upon graduating from Plymouth College of Art.

If you cannot find your log-in details, please email registry@pca.ac.uk and we can assist you.

If you have lost your certificate or diploma supplement and require this to be reissued, there is a charge of £50. Please email registry@pca.ac.uk to request this.

For students who graduated prior to the 2020/21 Academic Year who require access to their documents, please email registry@pca.ac.uk and we can provide you with further information. Please note that charges for duplicate certificates are set by the Open University.

By signing up to our Alumni mailing list, you will be kept up-to-date with college news and exciting opportunities in the creative sector.
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