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11.02.17, 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Undergraduate & Postgraduate Open Afternoon — Saturday 11 February 2017

Still deciding where to study a creative degree this September? We’re pleased to host an Open Afternoon to support your decision-making process.

This event is designed for you to experience our state-of-the-art facilities, meet lecturing staff and receive top tips for your portfolio. Whilst here you’ll also have the opportunity to explore our unique city by the sea and our local creative community.

You’ll be shown around our specialist workshops and inspiring studio spaces, talk to our friendly staff and students, participate in live workshops and discover life on campus. Also pop along to an accommodation tour, and find out all you need to know about living in Plymouth.

Our Admissions Team will be on hand to discuss UCAS applications and interviews, whilst Student Support staff can advise on all things finance and admissions related.

Register your attendance here.

Taster activities
Ever wondered what it feels like to 3D print a product from scratch? How about direct your own costume drama? With live demos running all day our Open Day's are the perfect opportunity to preview life at an independent art school and gain a new skill. Break up your afternoon with half hour workshops beginning at 1pm and 2pm, ranging from drop-in portrait photography, to creating a brand identity, film direction, costume styling, virtual reality animation, screen-printing, print your own phone case and presentations in our digital fabrication laboratory - FabLab. Get stuck in and don't hesitate to ask our technicians any questions!

Portfolio reviews
Whether your work takes the form of physical or digital, we’re keen to see your creative vision. Bring along what you have so far of your portfolio to gain advice on layout, self-editing, and how to display your work to show off your talents at interview. Our academic staff will be on hand to support and guide, and make sure you feel fully prepared for the big day. You can also read our top tips article on our blog.

Questions to ask
Should I include drawing in my portfolio?
How many pieces of work should I include?
What should I do if work doesn’t fit in my portfolio?
Is there a wrong way to present my work?

What to bring
Any work you wish us to look at.
Digital files (Films, Animations, Blogs)
Research and Influences

*Please note that although we can review your portfolio during this special event we cannot offer an on-the-spot interview unless you have already made an application to study with us through UCAS and meet our entry criteria. If you’ve made an application to start a degree with is in 2017 please flag this to the academic staff that you meet when you visit.

Register your attendance here.

Help on the day
Need assistance to make the most of your visit? We'll be happy to help, from arranging support to get you around the college to scheduling a BSL interpreter. Email telling us what you need and the date of the Open Afternoon you plan to attend. We ideally need a minimum of 2 weeks' notice to put your support in place so do let us know as soon as you can.

Can't make our Open Afternoon?
If you are unable to make our taster and portfolio event, we are more than happy to arrange a personal tour at a convenient time for you. Please email our friendly team at or call +44 (0)1752 203434 and ask to book a tour.

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What: Undergraduate & Postgraduate Open Afternoon
When: Saturday 11 February 2017, 12-4.00pm
Where: Plymouth College of Art

  • College Event / Open Day
  • Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, PL4 8AT
  • Free