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International

Looking to study in the historic city of Plymouth? We will support you from the moment you start your research. Together we will find you the right course, support your visa application and secure you the best accommodation for your budget.

We are always on hand for any questions that you may have, from the time you arrive on campus and throughout your studies.

Plymouth's place in the history books is a true reflection of how much our city values international perspectives. Across this harbour have sailed Charles Darwin and The Beagle, Robert Falcon Scott bound for the Antarctic, Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance, Napoleon imprisoned on the Bellerophon, survivors of The Titanic and innumerable pilgrim ships, bullion ships and warships, and the world-famous Mayflower Steps on Plymouth’s historic Barbican mark the place that the Pilgrim Fathers set sail from on their voyage to the New World in 1620.

In the same adventurous spirit, Plymouth College of Art is dynamic, inclusive and forward-thinking. We welcome a growing number of international students and draw upon an art school ethos without frontiers, spanning over 150 years. Plymouth College of Art is a place where creatives collaborate and experiment to develop their unique specialisms, in a vibrant city with a strong culture of creativity.

Plymouth is the largest city in the county of Devon, and the safest big city in south-west England, listed in the top five safest cities in the UK by The Independent. The city has excellent travel links via car, train and ferry, with direct train services to London and the rest of the country and easy access to three nearby airports (Bristol, Newquay and Exeter).

Our friendly admissions team is here to help you prepare for your arrival and give you practical advice about living in the UK. Check out Study UK's website for tons of helpful information on studying in the UK or email international@pca.ac.uk for more information.

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How to make an application


Pre-Degree Courses

Our two-year programme starts in September for students aged 16-19.

All applications for our Pre-Degree courses are made directly to the College. Find our range of Pre-Degree study options – from our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design to our UAL Extended Diplomas on our course pages. Search for the subject you are interetsed in and click 'Apply now' when you're ready to submit an application.


Undergraduate programmes

Our three-year programme starts in October for students aged 18 and over.

All applications for undergraduate degree programmes need to be made through the University and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). Please follow this link for information on how to apply to UCAS. UCAS charge all students a fee for using this service. Currently, if you choose to apply to more than one course, university or college you will need to pay £23 when you apply. If you only apply to one course at one university or college, the UCAS fee is £12. Please contact us if you need any help and we will be happy to answer your questions.


Postgraduate programmes

A one year programme for anyone who has already completed their Undergraduate course.

Please apply for our range of MA degrees directly to the college, by visiting our postgraduate course pages, selecting the programme you are interested in, and clicking 'Apply now'.


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BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Tatsu Ishikawa (above) said moving from Japan was 'daunting but exciting'.

Fees for International Students 2020/21

Our International Fees* are very competitive and are less costly than many of our competitors – yet our facilities are world-leading.

Extended Diplomas

£9,000 per year (two-year course)

International Foundation Diploma

£9,000 per year (ten-month course)

Degree programmes per year

£14,800 per year / approx. 127,000 yuan (three-years full-time, six-years part-time)

Masters programmes

£9870 per year / approx. 72,600 yuan (one year full-time, two years part-time)

Master of Fine Art (MFA) programme

£8,000

Our fees may seem lower than other institutions, but we pride ourselves in being committed to offering students accessible and affordable quality programmes. Please note, fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

*Excluding costs for international students who need a pre-sessional English course and ongoing in-year English language support.

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Portfolio guidance and how to submit

All our Programmes and Courses require a portfolio of work before any decision can be made on an offer of a place; this should be a range of work demonstrating your artistic ability and potential. As an international applicant we understand that it is not always possible to attend an interview, therefore we can accept portfolios in various formats for example a link to your website or blog. We also arrange Skype interviews for our international applicants.

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What happens after the application is received?

Once you have made your application you will be contacted by letter or email to confirm we have received it, and you will be requested to submit your portfolio of work. When the portfolio is received it will be passed to the relevant Programme or Course leader and they will assess your suitability for your chosen subject. We offer all students a Skype interview so you can see the tutor and talk through the Programme or Course. Once a decision has been made you will be informed in writing, if you are made an offer of a place it may be subject to an English Language condition.


Learning and Disability Support

Please refer to our Learning and Disability Support page for more information.


Language Requirements and Support

Entry requirements include IELTS qualifications - please click here to view our language requirements.

Working with Open Doors International Language School (ODILS), we can offer a bespoke 10 - 12 week pre-sessional programme where necessary, as well as in-programme support (one hour per week) throughout the duration of your studies, until you have submitted your final contextual studies module (dissertation) in year three (level 6).

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Visa Requirements

As an international student, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa, which you can apply for online. For more information, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs website: ukcisa.org.uk, or you can email us at international@pca.ac.uk

Plymouth College of Art is recognised as a Sponsor by the UKVI. This means we can issue you a Confirmation of Acceptance to Studies (often referred to as a CAS), which will then allow you to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student Visa. We will issue your CAS following payment in full of your tuition fees.

We strongly recommend that you research how the visa application works well in advance of starting your course and also read about other issues that may affect you such as preparing to come to the UK and Culture Shock.

If you are an international student currently studying at Plymouth College of Art please visit our COVID-19 (coronavirus) FAQs for guidance on UK Visa extensions.