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Distance Learning

From material and visual exploration to collaborative working and the exploration of histories and contemporary contexts, as an undergraduate on our Distance Learning programme, you will engage with expert academics, industry mentors and an international peer-group, studying a creative specialism online together in real-time.

Both online and on-campus we provide a dynamic, stimulating learning environment from which to test new models of creative practice while investing in the rich relationship between practice and theory. Our creative programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.

As a January-start student, your learning will be enriched with tailored support from our knowledgeable academics and technicians, all practicing artists and designers, and our campus-based professional services teams including the Learning Lab, IT, Student Support and Students’ Union.

Distance Learning with a Difference

If you’re considering an application to study a degree at Plymouth College of Art beginning in January 2021, we highly recommend watching the videos below to get a flavour of our Connected Campus. From recorded Q&As with industry professionals and roundtable discussions with recent alumni to ‘How-to’ demonstrations and virtual events — discover distance learning with a difference.

For more information or an alternative format of any of the content curated, please email hello@pca.ac.uk

Find your calling

Our January-start courses sit within the School of Design + Communication, where staff and students work together to challenge aesthetics and establish new approaches to contemporary design in an ever-evolving digital society.

Get to know each of our Distance Learning degrees through a curated list of course trailers and Subject Leader introductions below.

Gain new skills

At Plymouth College of Art you’re not a face in the crowd or a number on a list, our Subject Leaders and technicians know every student by name and can offer a personalised learning experience that works efficiently on campus and online.

Through video teaching and virtual briefings you will be connected with practicing artists and designers to ensure you experience hands-on specialist training in your chosen subject area. We also place high value on interdisciplinary experimentation, reserving Wednesdays for free non-timetabled teaching outside of your study programme. Find out more about Workshop Wednesdays here.

Connect with employers

Our undergraduate curriculum is designed in close consultation with industry professionals, so whether you’re fresh out of further education, a mature learner looking to retrain and re-skill or an international applicant wanting to establish yourself in the UK’s creative sector — here you will have the opportunity to develop the vital, transferable skills necessary to thrive at the forefront of the competitive creative industries.

Each summer our annual external showcase offers final-year students the opportunity to engage with industry and press. From art and design to digital media and traditional making, discover the Class of 2020’s online expo.

Meet your peers

Unlike most remote study, our Distance Learning degrees offer synchronous learning, allowing a diverse mix of students across the world to learn together in real-time. From group crits and collaborative projects to peer-to-peer support and virtual events hosted by our Students’ Union, you’ll join a close-knit creative community of 400+ undergraduates.

If you have any questions about student experience, accommodation and what to expect in your first-year, why not start a conversation with the people who know us best - our current students! Click here to start a Live Chat.

Find your creative home

At Plymouth College of Art we continue to invest heavily in new studios and workshops that redefine the relationship between media, fine art, digital technology and handcrafted traditions. January-start students in their second and third year of undergraduate study will enjoy full access to our industry-ready facilities.

Take a look around our Resources, take a Virtual Tour at your own pace, or book a tour with someone from our friendly and knowledgable Student Recruitment team (both online and in-person options are available).