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Clearing

Thinking about creative study?

We have a limited number of places available for September 2019... 

What is Clearing?

Clearing matches applicants to university places that are yet to be filled. It’s available to anyone who has made a UCAS Undergraduate application and doesn’t hold any offers. Running from 5 July to mid-September, you’ll be eligible for Clearing if:

  • you apply after 30 June
  • you are not holding any offers from universities or colleges you’ve applied to
  • your place is not confirmed after exam results are published

Clearing is an opportunity for those who have missed their conditions or had a last minute change of heart about the university or course they want to study. We have a limited number of places available for courses of creative study starting September 2019, from fashion, film and fine art to graphic design, game arts, and animation. It’s your choice to make.

We'll be accepting Clearing applications from Friday 5 July onwards, but you can get in touch with us at any time if you have questions about Clearing or about studying with us. You can contact our friendly Admissions Team on +44 (0)1752 203402 or admissions@pca.ac.uk, and they'll help you make your choice.

We have limited places available on the following programmes:

BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts
BA (Hons) Animation
BA (Hons) Commercial Photography for Fashion, Advertising and Editorial
BA (Hons) Costume Production and Associated Crafts
BA (Hons) Digital Media Production
BA (Hons) Fashion
BA (Hons) Fashion Media and Marketing
BA (Hons) Film
BA (Hons) Fine Art
BA (Hons) Game Arts
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
BA (Hons) Illustration
BA (Hons) Interior Decoration, Design and Styling
BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking
BA (Hons) Photography
BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design and Surface Pattern
BA (Hons) Textile Practices

We know it’s a big decision to make, so we’re happy to make a contribution to your travel costs to get here and check us out; and there’s no need to worry about accommodation - yours is guaranteed.

Complete the form below to register your interest for Clearing 2019 at Plymouth College of Art, and jump the queue on A-level results day.

(Please note, this form is easiest to use on desktop browsers.)

Studying in Plymouth

Based in the heart of a culturally thriving coastal city, our campus is a close-knit community of artists, designers and makers – kitted out with both the latest technologies in digital design and world-leading studios in traditional making.

Not sure if you're ready for degree-level study?

If you want to pursue a creative undergraduate degree but have limited experience of hands-on making, or lack the relevant academic qualifications, our Extended Degree programme will prepare you to enter one of our BA (Hons) undergraduate programmes. Find out more here.

If you're just not too sure what to study have you considered our Foundation Diploma? It's an intensive, ten-month course that prepares you for degree study in the creative arts. Find out more here.

Next steps:

If you already have your results or if you are a mature student, we can talk through the options available to you – and whether you could become part of our creative community. 

Call our Admissions Team to discuss how we can help on +44 (0)1752 203402 or email admissions@pca.ac.uk.

If you're contacting us about your Clearing application, there are a few things we'll need from you:

  • UCAS personal ID number, if you've already applied to us through UCAS.
  • Clearing number, which will be displayed in UCAS Track. 
  • Your qualifications and the grades you achieved. 
Visit us:

Want to explore our campus? It's not too late - our staff are looking at applicant portfolios throughout the summer and we'd be happy to arrange a meeting for you with one of our Programme Leaders. Contact us on +44 (0)1752 203402 or admissions@pca.ac.uk to arrange.

We're open from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, throughout the summer if you want to come in and talk to us about making an application; we're also open in August for drop-in Clearing events on the dates below:

  • Thursday 15 August 10am-5pm (you can call us from 8am when the phone lines open)
  • Friday 16 August from 10am-4pm
  • Saturday 17 August from 10am-2pm

These events are drop-in so there's no need to book. They are free and open to all and you are welcome to bring along family, friends or any support you may need on the day.

Our drop-in days will offer support with your UCAS application and you’ll be able to find the answers to any finance questions you may have. You can also find out about our accommodation options and how we can help to kickstart your creative journey.

What we're looking for:

If you're energetic and inquisitive, with a flair for art, craft, design or digital - then we want to hear from you.

We're interested in seeing your work and hearing about your experience. Although many of our students achieve top grades, we don't just look at your results - we want to see your passion and your creativity.

Our Admissions Team can advise you on who we're looking for and talk you through your options. To talk to us and secure your place today call +44 (0)1752 203402 or email admissions@pca.ac.uk.

It's your choice to make – let us help you make it.

Useful information:
Where will your creative journey take you?

See what our graduates get up to once they leave - check out our Alumni Short Films with Sad Ghost Club Founder Lize Meddings, award-winning photographer Andy Ford, ceramicist Jessica Thorn and jewellery maker Fern Robinson.

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