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Extended BA (Hons) Degree

Course Duration

4 years; full-time
7 years; part-time


Course: See BA (Hons) course code
Institution: P65

If you want to pursue a creative degree at Plymouth College of Art but feel you have yet to acquire the experience and range of skills necessary, our Extended BA programme will prepare you for entry to one of our BA (Hons) undergraduate courses.

This four-year route offers an exploratory year, developing your insight into a range of art, design and media skills and approaches, before progressing onto a specialist degree of your choice.

Our Extended BA environment is dynamic and supportive, helping you discover your own particular passions and strengths within the creative arts, whilst building your academic confidence, purpose and direction.

You will also gain first-hand experience of your chosen specialism, in the form of a module of specialist personal investigation where you can develop your own interests in your chosen degree subject.

"For a one year course the work that was on show there was utterly marvellous – challenging, technically and conceptually exciting and confident. It must be a credit to the people that are teaching and delivering to these students that they have responded in such a brilliant manner with works of great depth and involvement and spirit."
Artist Kevin Tole, on visiting the Extended BA Summer Show.
A girl in a yellow top sits at a desk working on an art sculpture built from multicoloured strings.

Our Extended Degree is intensive and challenging, taught through lectures, workshop and studio sessions, seminars and tutorials.

You will have the freedom to take risks, generate ideas, experiment, and develop a breadth of approaches to problem-solving. This is an exploratory year, in which you will experiment with materials, processes, methodologies and practices.

You’ll develop a range of critical skills relevant to degree-level study, while broadening your use of drawing, visual research, contextual studies, digital imaging and design methods.

As the year goes by you’ll specialise in your chosen undergraduate subject, helping you to become a confident, independent and creative artist, designer or maker.

“The Extended Degree is an excellent chance to experiment with everything the college has to offer. The support from staff and use of the facilities helped me to determine the direction in which I wanted to take my career, as well as giving me a broad knowledge of art across a wide range of practices.”
Taylor Harford, Extended BA (Hons) Commercial Photography for Fashion, Advertising & Editorial
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Extended BA students enjoy research trips to Looe, St.Ives and further afield.

This entry year programme is year one of a four-year degree and is designed as a preparatory year to ready you for the transition to the full degree programme of your choice. It provides an opportunity to develop your portfolio and technical skills in a specialist subject area.

We offer places to students who have at least five GCSEs, grades 9 - 4 (A* - C), including English Language and a combination of AS and A-level qualifications or equivalent (with one in a creative subject). We also welcome applications from mature students who may not have the qualification profile but have other experience and knowledge. All applicants will be required to show a portfolio of creative work.

There’s never been a more exciting time to join our college, as we develop our existing curriculum with the input of our students, alumni, and expert academics. Through close consultation with industry professionals, we can ensure that what you learn with us will prepare you for a dynamic and ever-changing future job market.

If you're applying to study with us this Autumn please visit UCAS and refer to the codes below. For more information or support with your application please contact admissions@pca.ac.uk

Degree titles listed below are subject to revalidation for the academic year 2021.



BA (Hons) Animation & Games (Extended Degree)


BA (Hons) Commercial Photography (Extended Degree)


BA (Hons) Costume Production (Extended Degree)


BA (Hons) Craft & Material Practices (Extended Degree)


BA (Hons) Fashion Design (Extended Degree)


BA (Hons) Fashion Communication (Extended Degree)


BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts (Extended Degree)


BA (Hons) Fine Art (Extended Degree)


BA (Hons) Graphic Communication (Extended Degree)


BA (Hons) Illustration (Extended Degree)


BA (Hons) Interior Design & Styling (Extended Degree)


BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking (Extended Degree)


BA (Hons) Photography (Extended Degree)


BA (Hons) Textile Design (Extended Degree)

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