Stella James Richards, Mt Edgcumbe, 2019

If you’re considering a degree in art, design, craft or digital media and want to be part of a truly global community of creative learners, start your studies online in January 2022 and join our community of distance learners.

BA (Hons) degrees

We are excited to announce that Plymouth College of Art is offering a range of BA (Hons) creative courses through our distance learning provision. Our vision for excellence in art and design distance learning, under the banner of our Connected Campus, affords students flexibility in their studies whilst being a valued part of our community.

These three-year courses all share a common distance-learning first year while specialising in a chosen subject, then progressing into our named BA (Hons) awards in years two and three on campus in the UK at Plymouth College of Art.

January Start Degrees allow you to begin your studies in the Spring term from wherever you are based - whether that be Asia, America, Europe or the UK. A January 2022 start will suit applicants who have had to rethink university plans thanks to travel restrictions or wish to reduce accommodation and relocation costs by studying remotely.

The first-year distance learning element of these courses will finish in August, allowing you to take a short summer break before continuing straight onto the second year of your chosen degree at our city-centre Plymouth Campus, towards the end of September.

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For more information or to book an informal one-to-one conversation with a Subject Leader, please complete the form below.

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Tatsunori Ishikawa, BA (Hons) Graphic Design.

Who would this study-route suit?

The opportunity to start an undergraduate course in the Spring term will benefit a wide group of people, locally, nationally and internationally.

This route is ideal for students who have chosen not to travel to study overseas due to travel restrictions or worries due to COVID-19. If you agree with any of the statements below, a January-start degree could be the perfect route for you:

  • “I am an international student who found it hard to travel to study overseas due to visa requirements or travel restrictions”
  • “I am a UK student who was unable to fulfil plans to work or travel for a gap year or to enter employment”
  • “I am interested in changing degree or returning to Plymouth to live and study without missing out on the initial semester of your degree”
  • “I am a mature learner who is looking to change career”
  • “I am looking to study remotely (locally, nationally or internationally) for one year to reduce the cost of accommodation and other living fees”
  • “I am worried about entering a public space like university due to COVID-19 and cannot move to Plymouth but want to start a degree programme.”

For personalised advice on your options please email to speak to our Admissions team.

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Which courses can I study?

You can start your studies in January 2022 if you apply to one of the undergraduate courses listed below. Please click through each course title to find out more about modules, industry connections and more.

January 2022 Start

Full-time or part-time?

The accelerated nature of this course's remote first-year only allows for full-time study, however, if you are classed as a home student (i.e based in the UK) in your second and third year, you may opt to study the rest of your degree part-time as per our other undergraduate students.

How will I learn?

You will receive high-quality tailored support from our expert academics, who are also practicing artists and designers and become part of a thriving creative community. You will have access to all of our UK campus-based professional services including our Learning Lab and Student Support teams.

Our BA (Hons) Degrees starting in January comprise a series of online modules, delivered to the same quality and through the same number of teaching hours as our on-campus degrees.

To view a full list of modules, facilities and industry connections please view our course pages.

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How to Apply?

Your application will tell us about your qualifications and previous experience, but we know there is more to your creative potential than what can be captured on an application form. To find out about your abilities and interests, we will invite you to talk about your work with a member of our academic team. You can tell us about your aspirations, and why you want to study at Plymouth College of Art. It is also a good moment to find out what we can offer you.

To start your application to study a BA (Hons) Degree starting in January please contact our Admissions team:

Tuition Fees

As you will be joining our 2021 cohort, you will pay the tuition fees advertised for the academic cycle 2021/20. For new UK students, this will be £9250 per year. For international students joining us from a partner provider, this will be £15,500. Due to this study route's accelerated first-year, Jan-start degrees are only available as a full-time programme.

Entry Requirements

We are delighted that in 2019 the College was awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers, which is public recognition of the quality of our courses and the way that we operate.

Although many of our students do come in with top grades and high UCAS points, these aren’t necessarily essential for entry. We typically ask for a minimum of 112 UCAS points, but we understand that talented artists, designers and makers can have a wide range of relevant strengths and skills beyond formal qualifications. We’re just as interested in exploring your portfolio and discussing your creative experiences as we are in seeing your grades.

We recognise the value of a variety of qualifications and relevant experience and welcome applications from students who have followed less traditional routes. We also accept a range of international qualifications and will look at each application individually.

For further information please consult the Tariff Table on the UCAS website or email

Interviews & Portfolios

All applicants will be required to show a portfolio of creative work, and have an interview with a member of Plymouth College of Art’s academic team. We welcome interest from students who may not have the traditional qualification profile, but can demonstrate their skills and abilities through the interview and portfolio process, and have the capacity to develop their academic skills during their first year of study.

Once we’ve received your application, we will set up your interview: if you are living overseas this will be an online video or telephone call. If you are successful, we will send you a formal letter of confirmation by email.

For portfolio and interview guidance, and a preview of what questions to expect at an interview please read our Interview & Portfolio Guide.

English Language Requirements

All students applying to study at Plymouth College of Art need to demonstrate that they have a good command of the English language. Our standard language requirement is IELTS 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component or an equivalent standard in an alternative English language test (e.g. Duolingo).

For students who require it, Artslink also offers pre-sessional English language programmes to help you achieve Plymouth College of Art’s English language entry requirement of IELTS 6.0. Comprising of intensive study of all four key language competencies (reading, writing, speaking and listening), students will be immersed in a creative English-speaking environment at the Artslink campus in the autumn, ensuring quick and effective progression for achieving satisfactory IELTS grades to start Year 1 of their BA (Hons) degree.

After students have completed a pre-sessional language course with Artslink, a quick and affordable online language test can be taken for Plymouth College of Art using Duolingo, to demonstrate your English language progress and support your application.

Furthermore, when students subsequently start their chosen degree course, all students enrolled at the Artslink Connected Campus will benefit from additional ongoing English for Academic Purposes classes specially designed for the needs of university art and design students in China. From essay writing workshops to English for critiques and presentations, students will enjoy personalised support for their language study needs throughout their first year to help them succeed and progress to Year Two of their chosen undergraduate course at Plymouth College of Art.

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FutureLab, Shanghai China, 2019.

About ArtsLink

Artslink is an Art and Design Further Education college, located at the heart of Shanghai with a truly global outlook. Working with Plymouth College of Art, Artslink offers students the opportunity to engage with UK degree programmes from Artslink’s campus environment in downtown Zhongshan Park, Shanghai.

Artslink students are welcome to make the Artslink campus their home, attending class from the Artslink campus just as they would in the UK, interacting with colleagues and classmates face-to-face in addition to online. Students will also benefit from access to local university-standard creative workshops and studios, alongside online engagement with Plymouth College of Art’s expert staff, including:

  • Academic tutorial support
  • Contextual studies seminars
  • Technical support
  • English for Academic Purposes workshops.

Artslink’s own team of tutors will be on hand to provide guidance and support to students throughout the first year of their degree. From experiential retail designers to couture pattern cutters to freelance illustrators, Artslink tutors are all active creative practitioners with a wealth of experience in the global creative industries, ready to support your studies and work alongside tutors from Plymouth College of Art to ensure your successful progression from year one to year two of your chosen degree.

Contact us

For more information on starting a degree in January 2021 and support with your application please get in touch with our Admissions team.