With a collaborative community of artists, designers and makers, Plymouth College of Art is a long-established, independent and ambitious specialist arts institute. Study with us and you'll leave informed, inspired, and ready for a career in the UK's thriving creative industries.
We know that choosing a university is a big decision, and before deciding where and what to study, it is important that you find out as much as you can about the place and the course you are interested in. Read on to discover what could make Plymouth College of Art the right place for you, and follow our step by step guide to applying.
1. Browse our courses
Before making your decision, take a look at our course pages for more information.
2. Visit us at an Open Day or in a city near you...
Come along to one of our Open Days or Campus Experience Open Days. Both types of event give you a chance to explore our creative campuses and find out what life is like at an independent art school, as well as getting advice from our Student Finance team, meeting current staff and students and seeing the spaces you will be taught in, and the resources you will have access to on your course.
Our Open Days tend to be busier events, where you can try out specific skills and techniques in hands-on workshops, and Campus Experience Days will give you a more tailored experience, with smaller crowds.
If you can’t make it to an Open Day, we're more than happy to arrange a convenient time for you to visit us. To arrange a date and time that works for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)1752 203434.
You can also visit us in a city closer to your hometown as we take our Pop Up Open Days on a tour of the UK which will go to Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, London, Bristol and Cornwall. Our team will also be attending all the major UCAS events around the country from February to July. Check our calendar for upcoming events.
3. Make an application
If your application meets our entry criteria, we’ll invite you in for an informal discussion about your work with one of our academics. This might be before or after you have an offer from us; but we really want to meet you and see your creative potential.
4. See where your creative career could take you...
Our graduates go on to run their own businesses, or work for some of the world's most high profile brands. Take a look at our latest collection of interviews, following the journeys of our creative alumni, as they successfully carve out creative careers across a huge range of disciplines and industries, from photographing Beyonce and Biffy Clyro to working with world leading brands like Playstation and Greenpeace.
Why choose Plymouth College of Art?
Accommodation is guaranteed for all first-year students
We're committed to ensuring that our students have suitable accommodation choices, and all first-year students are guaranteed accommodation within the city. We work with Clever Student Lets and Host to bring you a wide range of accommodation choices for all budgets, finding a place to live that is best suited to you.
Our academic staff want to see your creative potential
We know that there's more to studying an arts degree than what can be captured on a form when submitting your UCAS application – and that's why we invite all of our successful applicants to have a discussion with us.
If you are worried about travelling to see us, or you have already attended an Open Day, then we can offer you a face-to-face chat on Google Meet, WhatsApp, or even over the phone. You’ll just have to email your portfolio or showreel to us in advance, and our friendly Admissions team can help you get your interview slot sorted.
We want to uncover your creative potential, explore your passion for your chosen course, and discover what makes you unique. Your interview is an opportunity for us to determine how we can support your creative journey, and for you to experience our inspiring creative campuses and meet specialist academic staff.
Get a £300 bursary towards the cost of your degree in your final year
We give all of our eligible home (UK) Undergraduate students at Plymouth College of Art a £300 bursary in their final year to help cover the cost of studying.
As an independent art school, we don't want your creative practice to be restricted by your financial situation, so we have set aside money to support every student through their final year of study. The bursary is intended to help pay for costs incurred during that year - from class trips, to materials and equipment, this money is made available for all students, to help ease any worries about the cost of your degree.
The college bursary is based on your household income. For more information see the Undergraduate section of our Fees, Finance and Funding page here.
For our range of post-GCSE study options, you can apply online through the Plymouth College of Art website by selecting your chosen course within the Pre-Degree course listings and clicking the ‘Apply Online’ option on the right hand side of the page.
As part of the pre-degree application process, we invite students to an Applicant Day, which we hold approximately once a month throughout the year at Palace Court. This is a chance for you to come and experience our unique learning environment, as well as discussing your options with our tutors.
Extended Diplomas & IBCP
Applications can be made at any time during the year. We normally offer places to students who have a minimum of four GCSEs (minimum grade 4), including English, preferably with one in a creative subject. If you choose to study the IBCP, you will also require a GCSE in Maths (grade A*-C or minimum 4). Other variations on this entry profile may be considered, for example students with non-traditional backgrounds, particular learning needs or exceptional circumstances that have affected their ability to achieve a grade C or minimum grade 4 in English.
Once we receive your application, we will invite you to book an appointment at the next available Applicant Day. Applicant Days are an opportunity for us to learn about you, your creative potential and why you are interested in studying with us. If you’re interested in studying on our International Baccalaureate Careers Programme (IBCP), an Applicant Day is the best way to learn more about how the IBCP works alongside our Extended Diplomas.
You can tell us about any learning difficulties or disabilities you may have so we can offer you the appropriate support. It is also a good moment for you to find out what we offer and gain an understanding of the studio experience.
You can apply at any time during the year. However, we receive a high number of applications and have a limited number of places for this course, so we recommend that you make your application as early as possible. Our application form asks for details of your previous qualifications and any relevant work experience, as well as a short personal statement where you can tell us about yourself and your interests. At this point, we will invite you for an interview. As part of our admissions process, you’ll have the opportunity to tell us about any learning difficulties or disabilities you may have so we can offer you appropriate support. The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design requires a full Level 3 qualification and GCSEs, including English and Maths.
All offers are subject to interview and a portfolio or showreel of creative work that reflects your commitment, enthusiasm and passion for art, design and media. Download our handy guide for help in preparing your portfolio. We also welcome applications from students who may not have the required application profile but have alternative experience and knowledge.
Applying for an MA
MA applicants are normally expected to have an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above. However, the strength of your creative practice and other forms of experience will be taken into account at the interview stage and we encourage you to start a conversation with us.
You can apply for the postgraduate course you are interested in studying by clicking on the Apply Now link situated on the right hand side of each specific course listing - see our range of MA programmes on our Postgraduate programme course pages.
As part of the application, you will be asked to give the usual application details, to provide some digital images of your work, and to submit a short personal statement (300 words approximately). This personal statement is a chance to tell us what you want to do on your chosen MA. It might include details of the techniques or themes that you want to investigate, the creative practitioners that inspire you, the reading that fires your imagination, and your longer term professional goals.
It’s fine to change your mind later on about what you intend to do – we understand that a creative process rarely runs in straight lines. However, the personal statement is important because it helps us to begin a dialogue about how we can best support your flourishing as a distinctive, individual voice.
If you meet the entrance requirements, we will get back to you within three weeks of receiving your application to invite you for interview. You will have the opportunity to tell us more about your work at this stage and to ask more questions about your course.
Applying for an MFA
To enrol on our MFA, a recent MA or 180 level 7 credits in an art, design, crafts or media discipline is normally required. The personal statement can be used to outline the work you intend to develop on the MFA. Contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
Alumni Progression Award
Plymouth College of Art graduates are offered a discount of 15% on Masters programme fees, regardless of when they studied with us previously. The discount applies if you studied on one of our pre-degree, foundation or undergraduate programmes.
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