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.
Postgraduate

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

Following an intensive period of development, in consultation with students and practicing artists, Plymouth College of Art launched an extended creative studio pedagogy in summer 2020. Comprising 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.

Read on to find out more about key dates for our postgraduate programmes.

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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 2020 and again in January 2021 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 reopened, new and returning students had 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.

On-Campus Induction and Welcome Back

w/c Monday 27 September 2021

Teaching Starts - All Years

w/c Monday 4 October 2021

Christmas Break

Monday 20 December 2021 - Friday 7 January 2022

Trimester 1 Ends

w/c Monday 24 January 2022

Teaching Starts - All years

w/c Monday 31 January 2022

Enrichment Week

w/c Monday 7 March 2022

Easter Break

Monday 4 April - Friday 22 April 2022

Bank Holiday (College Closed)

Monday 2 May 2022

Trimester 2 Ends

w/c Monday 30 May 2022

Bank Holiday (College Closed)

Thursday 2 June 2022

Bank Holiday (College Closed)

Friday 3 June 2022

Teaching Starts - All Years

w/c Monday 6 June 2022

Enrichment Week

w/c Monday 25 July 2022

Trimester 3 Ends

w/c Monday 12 September 2022

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.

Extensive measures have been introduced across each Plymouth College of Art building, 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 works with the Local Authority and Public Health England to support and promote the Track and Trace initiative. All students have received simple guidance on how to return to campus safely.


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

Enhanced safety measures across all buildings 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.


Please continue to monitor your inbox for email updates from our Learning & Teaching team and Admissions.

If you have any questions about your application or course, please email admissions@pca.ac.uk

If you are a current student seeking information on assessment dates or anything else, please contact postgraduate@pca.ac.uk


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