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Postgraduate

Our MA programmes attract a wide range of artists, designers, craft and media practitioners, educators, critics and entrepreneurs, all of whom are seeking a critical space in which to interrogate and push the boundaries of their specialist interests and working practices.

Join our active, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers. And refine your practice in a space that fosters experimentation and reflective engagement with issues that are shaping the world we hold in common.

Applications for our range of postgraduate study – including our MFA and MA in Creative Education – are open via the 'Apply Now' button on each course page.

More information on the Postgraduate Centre can be found here, and you can also attend an online or in-person Open Day to find out more.

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'From Water' by Mary Trapp, MA Fine Art


How to apply for an MA

The strength of your creative practice and other forms of experience will be taken into account at the interview stage. Applicants are normally expected to have an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above, however, we encourage you to start a conversation with us even if you have not met the standard entry requirements.

You can apply for the course you are interested in studying by clicking on the Apply Now button situated on the left-hand side of each specific course listing.

As part of the application, you will be asked to provide digital images of your work, and to submit a short Application Statement (300 words max). This statement is a chance to tell us what you want to do on your chosen MA. It might include details of the techniques or themes that you want to investigate, the creative practitioners, and reading that inspires you, and your longer-term professional and creative goals. The personal statement is important because it helps us to begin a dialogue about how we can best support your distinctive and individual creative voice.

If you meet the entrance requirements, we will get back to you within three weeks of receiving your application to invite you for an interview. You will have the opportunity to tell us more about your work at this stage and to ask more questions about the course.


How to apply for an MFA

To enrol on our MFA, a recent MA or 180 level 7 credits in an art, design, crafts or media discipline is normally required. The Application Statement can be used to outline the work you intend to develop on the MFA.

Contact admissions@pca.ac.uk if you have any questions.


Alumni Progression Award

Plymouth College of Art graduates applying for 2020/21 are offered a discount of 15% on Masters course fees, regardless of when you studied with us previously. The discount applies if you studied on one of our pre-degree, foundation or undergraduate programmes.

Postgraduate fees are usually £7,800 (full-time study for UK/EU students) but with the 15% Alumni Progression Award discount, the cost is reduced to £6,630, saving £1,170.


Terms, conditions and documents

Our terms and conditions for Higher Education students – which set out the basis of the agreement between us when you accept a place with us – can be downloaded here.. These make reference to our Academic Regulations and our Code of Conduct for students. The Code of Conduct is specified in our HE Student Handbook which can be viewed here.

If you require copies of any of the documentation referenced within the Regulations please contact the Deputy Registrar Margaret Campbell at mcampbell@pca.ac.uk.