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Join an Applicant Advice Session

If you're looking to study a creative degree in September 2021, come along to our series of talks for HE applicants.

If you or someone you know are looking to study a creative degree in September 2021, we recommend coming along to an upcoming Applicant Advice Session. Mix and match from the topics below to gain a deeper understanding of the journey to undergraduate study.

Short and sweet but packed with useful information on UCAS, portfolios, interviews, accommodation and more — our Applicant Advice Sessions offer you an informal opportunity to ask questions and gain personalised tips on your next steps to Higher Education.

All talks are free to attend and will take place online, allowing you to pick and mix the sessions that suit your needs and attend multiple events from the comfort of your home. Sessions are suitable for both enquirers and applicants, and friends and family are welcome. We encourage you to book in advance via the links below to receive event reminders and useful resources before and after the talk.

Scroll down to find out what’s on in January and if you can’t make a session don't worry — most talks will repeat throughout the Spring. Scroll to the end of this page to register for an alternative date or email hello@pca.ac.uk to find out more.

We look forward to meeting you!

Choose your talks

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Get to know...Course Talks

Join our lecturers and students for an insight into our broad and dynamic courses. Each talk will be focussed around a specific course and will give you the opportunity to find out more about the course content, facilities, guest lecturers and much more.

Explore the wide variety of career options available after you graduate and ask our staff and students any questions you might have.

Next dates:

Pre-Degree: Thursday 4 February, 16:00-16:30
Foundation Diploma in Art & Design: Thursday 4 February, 16:30-17:00
Craft & Material Practices: Monday 8 February, 16:00-16:30
Film & Screen Arts: Thursday 18 February, 16:30-17:00
Fashion Design: Tuesday 23 February, 16:00-16:30

Roundtable Discussions

Join our experienced academics from the School of Arts + Media and the School of Design + Communication as they discuss current key topics. The upcoming events are:

  • Thursday 11 February, School of Art + Media Roundtable Discussion: the urgent 'now' of creative making and thinking within this current climate.
  • Thursday 25 February, School of Design + Communication Roundtable Discussion: incorporating sustainable design into our teaching and research

There will be the opportunity to join in the discussion and ask any questions you might have.

Next dates:

School of Art + Media: Thursday 11 February, 17:30-18.30
School of Design + Communication: Thursday 25 February, 16:00-17.00

Student Q&A

Get an insight into what life is like at an independent, specialist art school in Plymouth from the people that know us best, our current students!

Join our live Q&A session for your chance to speak to current students about what it is like to study at Plymouth College of Art and live in Britain’s Ocean City. Our ambassadors will answer any questions you have about course content, facilities, accommodation, industry opportunities, student support, the Students’ Union and more.

The Student Q&A session will repeat on the following dates:

  • Monday 15 February

  • Monday 1 March

  • Monday 15 March

Next date:

Monday 1 February, 16:00-16.30

Student Life Hints and Tips

Want to know where the best coffee in Plymouth is or where to get a 'proper pasty'?

Join our Student Union team and Student Ambassadors as they talk to you about what life is like as a student at Plymouth College of Art. Find out what Plymouth, Britain's Ocean City, has to offer, from studying to shopping to socialising.

This event will repeat on Thursday 18 March. To register for your place please click on the event form below.

Next date:

Friday 12 February, 16:00-16.30

Admissions Drop-in

Drop-in for advice from our Admissions team on the application process, student finance and how to submit your portfolio. Our knowledgeable staff will be waiting on Google Meet to answer any questions you might have about UCAS, entry requirements, interviews and more over video or live chat.

This event repeats every Monday between 3-4.30pm, so if you can’t make a date in January don’t worry! Contact hello@pca.ac.uk to find out more and bookmark this event link.

Next date:

Monday 8 February, 15:00-16:30
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Parents, Guardians & Supporters Advice

If you know a young person leaving sixth-form or college soon and hoping to progress onto a creative degree at HE level, this dedicated talk for friends, family and advisers is for you! Our Recruitment and Admissions team will break down the UCAS application, interview and enrolment process and ensure you have all the information you need to support an applicant on their journey to post-18 study, including key deadline dates. The talk will end with a Q&A, allowing you to ask any questions over live chat.

This event will repeat on Monday 15 March. To register for your place please click on the event form below.

Next date:

Monday 15 February, 16:30-17:00

Accommodation Tour and Q&A

Join one of our accommodation providers Host for a narrated virtual tour of our recommended student halls and shared houses, including an overview of prices and locations. Our current students will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have about living in Plymouth, meeting new people, and preparing for university.

Our Accommodation Tour and Q&A session will repeat on Tuesday 16th March. Please refer to the event form below to book a date in Spring 2021.

Next date:

Tuesday 16 February, 16:00-16:30

Portfolio and Interview Top Tips

When applying for an art, design or digital course, applicants are usually required to submit a creative portfolio or showreel of their work. This is a chance to showcase your creative potential and is an important part of your application. Join our recruitment team for practical tips on the kind of things to include in your portfolio and how to present it in a digital format, ensuring it is interview ready.

We’ll also be providing some tips on the interview process and how to ensure you are best prepared for a digital interview.

This event will repeat on Tuesday 2nd March. Please refer to the event form below to book a date in Spring 2021.

Next date:

Tuesday 16 February, 16:30-17:00

Student Finance Q&A

Our knowledgeable student support team will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about the student finance process, including applying for student finance, and details on tuition fees, maintenance loans, bursaries and loan repayments. They will also be providing advice and top tips on budgeting whilst studying.

This event will repeat on Tuesday 9th March. Please refer to the event form below to book a date in Spring 2021.

Next date:

Monday 8 February, 16:00-16:30
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Get in touch

To view a full list of upcoming Open Days and Online Events click here. We can also arrange a one-to-one campus tour (both online and in-person options available).