Two female students take over the postgraduate studios, one up a bright yellow ladder layering neutral shades of cloth and paper, the other kneeling on the floor to carefully pin her work.

Read our latest update for new and returning postgraduate students, including opening times, term dates, enrolment information, reading weeks, and more.

Key Dates

Following an intensive period of development, in consultation with students and practicing artists, Plymouth College of Art has launched an extended creative studio pedagogy, a hybrid of live online and on-campus creative practice within the physical environment of the college’s rich diversity of industry-standard studios and workshops.

In line with Government guidelines, we are pleased to announce plans to applicants and returning students, to welcome postgraduates back on 12 October 2020.

If you are a new or returning student please read our latest update on plans for the Autumn term and assessment dates below.


Return to Campus

As one of the UK’s last truly independent art schools, our agile college community was strongly positioned to adapt to change when universities were asked to close their buildings in March to slow the spread of Covid-19. Teaching was moved online immediately with no disruption for undergraduate, MA and A-Level-equivalent post-16 students.

When the campus reopens, new and returning students will have access to group teaching with academics and highly-skilled technical demonstrators within our industry-standard workshop and studio spaces, alongside live video-based lectures, tutorials, one-to-one activities and integrated offline learning.

For more information on the extensive safety measures throughout the campus, please visit our COVID-19 guidance pages.

Trimester 1

On-Campus Induction - New Students

w/c Monday 12 October 2020

Online Welcome Back - Returning Students

w/c Monday 12 October 2020

Teaching Starts - All Years (Hybrid Delivery)

w/c Monday 12 October 2020

Christmas Break

Monday 21 December 2020 - Friday 8 January 2021

Trimester 1 Ends

w/c Monday 1 February 2021

Trimester 2

Teaching Starts - All years

w/c Monday 8 February 2021

Bank Holiday (College Closed)

Friday 2 April 2021

Easter Break

Friday 2 April - Friday 23 April 2021

Bank Holiday

Monday 3 May 2021

Trimester 2 Ends

w/c Monday 7 June 2021

Trimester 3

Teaching Starts - All Years

w/c Monday 14 June 2021

Bank Holiday (College Closed)

Monday 30 August 2021

Trimester 3 Ends

w/c Monday 17 September

Masters students and their friends and family arrive at the postgraduate centre, a red-brick corner building, to celebrate their achievements.

The Postgraduate Centre, Studio 44, Buckwell Street.

MA Level 7 Submission Dates

Students with modules due for submission in May will have until 20th August at 12pm to submit all outstanding work. Students who have modules due for submission in July/August will have until 3rd December at 12pm to submit all outstanding work. Students are not required to submit an individual Extenuating Circumstances claim for this extension.

If students elect to submit earlier this should be discussed with their Subject Leader.

If students are unable to submit by 20th August for modules 101/201 then they will have to apply for Extenuating Circumstances to extend their deadline to 3rd December 2020.

If students are unable to submit by 3rd December for module 301/401 then they will have to apply for Extenuating Circumstances to extend their deadline to 27th February 2021.

ModuleOriginal submission deadlineRevised submission deadline
10119.5.20 / 20.5.2020.8.20
20119.5.20 / 20.5.2020.8.20
30118.8.20 /

Safety Measures

Extensive measures are being introduced across each Plymouth College of Art building to prepare for reopening, from protective plastic barriers for student and visitor facing services, 2-metre distances between workstations, one way systems and optimised timetables with staggered breaks and start times, to enhanced cleaning regimes, staff retraining and access to sanitising stations that will allow students back into workshops and studios, using the equipment and facilities that will prepare them for careers in the UK’s world-leading creative industries.

With new rules in place across every building, Plymouth College of Art will work with the Local Authority and Public Health England to support and promote the Track and Trace initiative. Over the summer, all new and returning students will receive simple guidance on how to return safely.

IT Access

The college’s main Tavistock Place campus is open six days a week, with late-night access Monday to Thursday.

The Ground Floor IT Suite at Tavistock Place will re-open from Monday 3rd August for current students undertaking coursework due to be submitted in August. Enhanced safety measures include:

  • Design and layout improvements to our IT suite, ensuring social distancing and compliance with expert advice on sanitisation;
  • Bookable computer workstations, arranged in advance using the Connect-2 online booking system, via the Student Portal (If you have not used Connect 2 in the past and require an induction please see the guidance on the Student Portal.
  • A campus one-way system, temperature checking and sign-in process upon arrival;
  • A Student Campus Induction Form to help you understand how to work and study onsite;
  • Track + Trace protocols, as advised by Government guidelines;

To book access to the IT Suite, read our safety guidelines and complete the induction form, please visit the Student Portal and check your college inbox.

Further access to workshops and studios will be regularly reviewed throughout the year according to Government guidance, prioritising as much access for students as possible as the year progresses.

Contact us

We are looking forward to welcoming you on campus. In the meantime, please continue to monitor your inbox for email updates from our Learning & Teaching team and Admissions.

If you are a new student joining us in October 2020 and you have any questions about your application or course, please email

If you are a current student seeking information on assessment dates or anything else, please contact