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Posted 07.04.20

Covid-19 (Coronavirus): Plymouth College of Art information

In line with UK Government restrictions, Plymouth College of Art temporarily suspended face-to-face teaching for students over the summer. Following ambitious work to create a safe and secure working and learning environment, our Pre-Degree campus has now reopened and our main Tavistock Place campus will reopen for students and staff from October 2020. Please read our current guidance for students, staff and applicants below. If you have any questions or concerns and cannot find the information you need within our FAQs please email

Covid-19 FAQs and College response

Important updates for all students
Applying to study in October 2020?

If you’re thinking about creative study but haven’t made an application yet, we still have limited places for Autumn 2020 available through Clearing.

If you’re a new or returning student already joining us this Autumn, please visit our Welcome Site for essential updates on enrollment, timetables, key dates and more, all in one place.

If you have any questions about our adjustments for maintaining a Covid-19 safe campus, including around wearing masks and absence reporting, visit our Guidance page.

Changes across Plymouth College of Art | Updated 29 May 2020 

Following UK Government guidance, on Thursday 19 March Plymouth College of Art temporarily suspended all face-to-face teaching. We are committed to both academic achievement and student experience across the college community. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students on the level of support and connection they continue to receive during the suspension of face-to-face teaching. Here are just some of the measures we’ve put in place to support our current students:

  • Deadline extensions for all degree and masters level coursework submission and blanket Extenuating Circumstances applied for all HE students.
  • No detriment approach to degree calculations, ensuring no Level 6 (final-year) student is unfairly disadvantaged.
  • Online inductions including an interactive programme of interdisciplinary workshops, live stream presentations from the college Principal and Students’ Union, module briefings and virtual demos from our Learning Lab technicians.
  • Free and open access to our Virtual Library Counter and online database housing over 30,000 e-books and e-journals and 1000+ film and television items, plus bookable advice sessions and flexible loans. 
  • Complimentary hardware and software, including Adobe Creative Cloud, Google Drive, and specialised materials and equipment.
  • Online Student Support and wellbeing appointments, including one-to-one counselling and mindfulness sessions.

What to expect

Over the Summer our students and staff missed being on campus and having the freedom to work across the whole array of facilities that the college offers, but what holds our creative community together is more than technology or physical spaces.

What unites us and is unique is our curriculum and the combined depth of experience of our expert academic and highly specialised technical staff. Where other institutions are using digital tools out of necessity, our core values as an ​agile, independent art school​ will give you a headstart when it comes to thriving creatively in our contemporary digital society. When you enrol or return to us this year, we’re committed to ensuring that our hybrid of physical and digital teaching will safeguard your creative practice against future interruptions and make sure you’re well placed and networked with industry to adapt to any global changes that may follow.

How will I study?

From video-streamed visiting lecturers and roundtable discussions with industry pros to online peer-to-peer crits and technical workshops — our creative community has responded to the digital environment with ingenuity. In fact, many students have told us that they feel like they’re receiving a more personalised learning experience than ever before. 

The new term will see a hybrid delivery of modules integrating online delivery for teaching and resources, alongside a blended approach to practice-based delivery on-campus. We will prioritise student access to our industry-standard facilities and equipment, in small groups if necessary, to ensure the learning outcomes of study programmes are met.


When you choose Plymouth College of Art you have the opportunity to choose from a variety of dedicated halls and houses or other private options. Find out about our recommended providers and read our letter to local landlords in support of PCA:SU’s campaign for flexible tenancies. 

If you are concerned about signing a tenancy agreement to join us in October, we understand the additional stress that this could cause at a time of so much uncertainty. Please rest assured that there is no shortage of student accommodation in Plymouth, either through our preferred accommodation providers or privately.​ For an informal discussion about your options please email

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