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Student Life

Plymouth College of Art Students' Union (PCA:SU) aims to represent, campaign and provide services for you in every aspect of your college life, from academic and social, to welfare and personal support.

The Union provides constructive and effective representation, high-quality services and exciting opportunities to enrich your student experience including art-related events and networking opportunities.

PCA:SU runs a number of clubs and societies that students can join, meet like-minded people, use for events, talks and more. The SU also organises events and trips for students to attend and annually elects a student body to represent students.

Like PCA:SU on Facebook here or visit the PCA:SU website here.

Clubs & Societies

Our Students' Union offer several clubs and societies for students, and we are always looking to diversify and involve students. inthe creation of more activities. Current groups include:

  • Artists for Change Society
  • Cat Society
  • Christians in Art and Design
  • Cosplay Society
  • Creative Enterprise Society
  • Dump Truck
  • Dungeons and Dragons Society
  • Film Club
  • LGBTQ+ Society
  • Musical Theatre Society
  • Parents Support Group
  • Photography Society
  • Poetry Club
  • Print Club
  • Rock Climbing Club
  • Rollerblading Society
  • Seasonal Society
  • Skate Society
  • Surf Society
  • Tabletop Games Society
  • Video Games Club
  • Yoga Classes
  • Zine Club

If you would like to set up your own club or society please visit us in person or get in touch on studentsunion@pca.ac.uk

Events and Trips

Being a part of specialist clubs and societies are an important part of student life. From Surfing and Rock Climbing to Design and Film, the societies are open to everyone and give you the chance to make friends, volunteer, learn something new and keep fit.

Social Space

The social space at Plymouth College of Art was created in response to the voice of the student body. During the day it’s a shared space for students and staff to socialise, grab a coffee and a bite to eat or even a space to do some work outside of studio hours. Come the evening the Students' Union have control of this space and will host evening events using the bar!

The space is available for students to book out and host their own events for fundraising, meet-ups or societies. It is also an area for students to display their work, this can be anything from ceramics to showreels. This is a space that our students can call their own and have creative control over.

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Committee and Elected Student Body

All positions for our Students' Union are voluntary posts, except for our Student President role. Elections happen once a year at the end of October and offer you a fantastic opportunity to really make a difference; here at PCA:SU the elections give any student the chance to become part of the Executive Committee of Officers.

Both the college and the Students' Union place great value on the work of Union Officers as well as Course Representatives in enhancing your College experience and upholding a number of quality standards.

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Student Discounts

There are plenty of ways to save money as a student, either by signing up for free services like Unidays, or by buying a TOTUM card.

TOTUM (the new name for the NUS extra card) brings you over 200 UK student discounts and comes with 1-year FREE ISIC, unlocking over 42,000 international discounts. Get your TOTUM card now. You can choose from a range of cards that last either one, two or three years.

  • 1-year card: £12
  • 2-year card: £22
  • 3-year card: £32

Many discounts are online only, so you can’t get them without your TOTUM card. TOTUM gives you over 200 UK student discounts on the brands you love and local independents, including

  • 10% off at the Co-op
  • 10% off ASOS
  • 25% off Odeon student priced tickets
  • Up to 40% off at Las Iguanas
  • 42,000 International Discounts

TOTUM, powered by NUS extra, also comes with 1 year free ISIC. The ISIC card is the only internationally accepted proof of certified student status. The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is your access to fantastic discounts and services at home and around the world. Your ISIC card is accepted in over 130 countries, as well as at your favourite UK high street retailers, restaurants, attractions, and more.

  • Exclusive discounts on worldwide flights, including STA Travel
  • Discounted rates at hotels & hostels worldwide
  • Recognised by universities, academic institutions, student organisations & national governments worldwide
  • Endorsed by international organisations such as UNESCO and the European Council

It provides over 42,000 international discounts in over 130 countries including:

  • 30% off Lonely Planet
  • 20% off Eurolines
  • 5% off Homestay

Visit the ISIC website for more information on all the international discounts you can access.

Where can I get my TOTUM Card?

Buy yours online on the NUS website.

PCA:SU Contact Details

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Plymouth College of Art
Tavistock Place

Telephone: +441752 203443

Email: studentsunion@pca.ac.uk

Visit PCA:SU online here: www.plymouthartsu.com