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Making Change: Spring 2022

Course Duration

12 weeks

Do you dream of starting a career in art, fashion or media? Are you interested in doing a creative Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree?

Would you like to start studying this year, but feel like you need a confidence boost, or want to try a few different (or new) creative techniques beforehand?

This free three-week course will help you get a head-start on building your creative skills, as well as giving you access to Plymouth College of Art’s industry-standard studios and workshops.

This course has been designed to support you commencing your studies with Plymouth College of Art in September 2022.

Applications now closed for Spring 2022. Applications for our next course opens in Summer 2022.


Making Change will introduce you to various artistic techniques, and you will develop a portfolio of work as you go. During the course you will make, discuss and experiment with materials and ideas, whilst preparing for entry onto one of our Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses. You will be supported in making an application, and you will improve your knowledge of the higher education sector.

Are you a mature student? Did you know that 31% of students at Plymouth College of Art are mature students? We pride ourselves on being a creative environment for all ages.

As well as support in completing your application, you'll be given advice and tips on how to prepare for your university interview, as well as comprehensive student finance advice. Previous graduates of our Making Change courses have gone on to study at degree level on subjects including Fashion, Textiles, Fine Art, Craft and Material Practices and Painting, Drawing & Printmaking.

You don’t need to have a portfolio prepared - you just have to bring your enthusiasm and meet the following criteria:

  • At the start of the course I am between the ages of 18 - 70,

  • I'm eligible to work in the UK (i.e. I have a National Insurance number),

  • I am interested in studying at Plymouth College of Art in Autumn 2022,

  • I want to explore higher education opportunities at an undergraduate or postgraduate level,

  • I am eligible for at least two years of student funding or I am looking at self-funding a Higher Education course,*

  • I am able to attend at least nine of the twelve sessions (see dates below).

*More information on whether you are eligible for financial support can be found at If you are unsure if you are eligible, we can discuss this with you once you have applied.

This course takes place on campus at Plymouth College of Art with sessions from 10am to 3:30pm, every Wednesday from 9 March - 25 May 2022.

Week 1

Wed 9 March | 10am - 3.30pm

Week 2

Wed 16 March | 10am - 3.30pm

Week 3

Wed 23 March | 10am - 3.30pm

Week 4

Wed 30 March | 10am - 3.30pm

Week 5

Wed 6 April | 10am - 3.30pm

Week 6

Wed 13 April | 10am - 3.30pm

Week 7

Wed 20 April | 10am - 3.30pm

Week 8

Wed 27 April | 10am - 3.30pm

Week 9

Wed 4 May | 10am - 3.30pm

Week 10

Wed 11 May | 10am - 3.30pm

Week 11

Wed 18 May | 10am - 3.30pm

Week 12

Wed 25 May | 10am - 3.30pm

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"I enjoyed how much it stimulated my "art brain" after neglecting it for so long! The course inspired me in ways I didn't think it would."
Previous Making Change student

To make an application, please click the "Book now" button at the top of this page.

For further information or to request an alternative format, please email Rebecca Francis on

Please note that places on this course are limited and subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria above.

Please note that submitting your application does not confirm your attendance, we will be in contact with you to discuss your application.

All courses are subject to participant numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved.

Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient participant numbers are recruited.

For more information on safely studying at Plymouth College of Art Click here.