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The latest college guidance for students, staff and applicants. If you have any questions please email

We are open! Following ambitious work throughout the summer to create a safe and secure learning environment, our campus is now open for pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate students.

In line with UK Government restrictions, Plymouth College of Art temporarily suspended face-to-face teaching for students over the summer with minimal disruption to timetables, adapting to the online environment with immediate effect, following the nationwide lockdown. Our Palace Court and Palace Studios Pre-Degree Campus has now reopened and our main-site Tavistock Place will reopen for HE students and staff from October 5 2020.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus disease known as COVID-19 in March 2020. The pandemic has since spread worldwide, causing respiratory symptoms and putting all individuals at risk of infection.

NHS England has identified the following symptoms of Covid-19:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell

If you have one or more of these symptoms, medical advice is clear: you must self-isolate for at least 10 days. Anyone else in your household must also self-isolate for 14 days from when you started having symptoms.

  • If your test is positive - you must complete the remainder of your 10-day self-isolation. Anyone who you live with must also complete self-isolation for 14 days from when you started having symptoms. \
  • If your test is negative - you and others who you live with no longer need to self-isolate. If you live with someone who has symptoms of Coronavirus or has tested positive, you should self isolate for 14 days and report this to us through the absence/sickness reporting procedure. More guidance on when to self-isolate and for how long is available on the NHS website.

Please remember to fill in the Absence & Illness Reporting Form again after receiving a Covid-19 test result and report positive or negative test results by email to


The NHS has issued the following advice on the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Covid-19. It is vital that staff, students and visitors to the college follow these simple actions to continue protecting one another from the spread of Covid-19.

Remember to:

  • Wash your hands often - use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and always when you get home or into work.
  • Use hand sanitiser gel - if soap and water are not available.
  • Wear a mask - You must wear a face-covering in enclosed spaces.
  • Use a tissue or your sleeve - Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Remember, don’t use your hands and dispose of the tissue straight away. Wash your hands after catching it.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Make space – stay at least 2 metres apart, or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions in place.

For full information on what to do if you have Covid-19 symptoms, how to get a test, how to report an absence and what measures Plymouth College of Art is taking to maintain a ‘Covid-safe’ campus, please read our FAQs.

This video from the NHS shows the best way to wash your hands. These instructions are also available in an alternative format on the NHS website.

Applying to study in 2020?

If you’re thinking about creative study but haven’t made an application yet, we still have limited places available on BA (Hons) and MA degrees starting in Autumn 2020. Visit our Clearing page to find out more.

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 the adjustments made to maintain a Covid-19 safe campus, including rules around mask-wearing and absence reporting, please read our Safety on Campus update.

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