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Investing in your education is a wise decision and it's important to understand the student finance support available. From tuition fees to maintenance loans and bursaries to cash scholarships — we're here to help you plan and budget.

If you're under 19 years old and a permanent UK resident/permanent EU resident, our pre-degree courses are completely free of charge.

Pre-Degree students aged 19 years or over are no longer eligible for free study on our Level 3 Extended Diploma programmes and fees may apply for non-permanent UK residents. Financial support may be available.

For further information about our course fees and the financial support we can offer, please look through the relevant sections below.

Fees outlined are correct at time of publishing and provide an indication of current costs. For more information please email

Financial Support

The college is committed to ensuring education is accessible and affordable for all, and we offer a variety of financial support options (listed below) to help Pre-Degree students with their studies. If you have an annual household income of less than £25,000, after-tax, or any exceptional circumstances, then you may be eligible for one of our Pre-Degree bursaries. Students are assessed on an individual basis and evidence of income must be provided in support of your application.

For more information about the financial support available and the evidence required to support your bursary application, please click here.

Please apply to our bursary scheme here.

  • We strongly recommend that those students who wish to apply for a bursary for academic year 2020/21 submit a full application as early as possible because funding is very limited and cannot be guaranteed.
  • Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. However, our aim is to prioritise those students with the greatest financial need, so we recommend all students apply as early as possible
  • If you are returning to Palace Court to continue your Pre-Degree studies for academic year 2020/21 you must reapply to the bursary scheme to be assessed. Your bursary will not roll over to your second year of pre-degree study.
  • Any financial support awarded is subject to students complying with the Code of Conduct as set out in the Student Handbook. Bursary payments will only be awarded to students who have 80% attendance or explained and authorised absences.

If you have any questions please contact the Student Support team at any time (prior to or after enrolling) by emailing

Progression Awards and Discounts

We offer a range of awards and discounts to applicants who have previously studied at Plymouth College of Art:

  • 2020 Internal Progression £1000 Cash Scholarship — Available to eligible* students who progress directly from one of our UAL Extended Diplomas or a UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design onto a three or four-year undergraduate degree in September 2020 at Plymouth College of Art.
  • Alumni Progression Award — 15% discount on MA or MFA fees for Undergraduate, Pre-Degree and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design graduates, who go on to postgraduate study with us.
  • Short Course Progression Award — 10% discount on MA or MFA fees for anyone who has completed a Short Course with us.
  • Alumni Discount on Short Courses — Up to 25% discount for UG, Pre-Degree and FAD graduates on our range of Short Courses. Please note, discounted Short Course places are limited. The discount of up to 25% off Short Course fees only applies to those who graduated from BA/MA/Pre-Degree and Foundation courses or programmes no more than 10 years ago. Contact to see if there are any discounted places available on the course you would like to do before booking.

*To be eligible students must achieve a Merit or Distinction in their pre-degree study, or those with a Pass must have been awarded a Green Traffic Light for their final Academic and Character progress checks. Students must achieve 80% attendance or higher in their first and second semester 2020/21 to be awarded the £1000 scholarship.

Extended Diploma and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

If you're under 19 years

Pre-degree courses at Plymouth College of Art are completely free of charge for permanent UK residents/permanent EU residents who are under 19 years of age, and who have met the entry conditions i.e. hold a complete Level 3 qualification for the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, and have met the GCSE entry requirements for the UAL Extended Diplomas.

If you're over 19 years

Pre-degree study at Plymouth College of Art requires a tuition fee for students over the age of 19 years old. Extended Diplomas for the entry year 21/22 are charged at £4291 for UK(home) residents and £11,500 for International students. Whilst Foundation Diploma fees are charged at £5421 for UK (home) residents and £11,500 for International students.

Additional support can be available for students with learning difficulties or disabilities, including mental health conditions. For further information, please visit our website's Student Support page for more information on the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA).

There is also additional support available for students with children or dependent adults. Find out more about extra financial help on the Student Finance England website.

Extended Diploma - UK (home)

Under 19 - Free

Over 19 - £4291

Extended Diploma - International

Under 19 - Free (EU residents)

Over 19 - £11,500

Foundation Diploma - UK (home)

Under 19 - Free

Over 19 - £5421

Foundation Diploma - International

Under 19 - Free (EU residents)

Over 19 - £11,500

Please note all EU fees are subject to the UK government's Brexit negotiations. Current advice remains that EU students can access government loans for tuition fees and maintenance support up to and including new starts for 2020/21. International fees (all categories) exclude costs for any pre-sessional English course and ongoing in-year English language support.

Get in touch

Please contact our Admissions team ( or our Student Finance team ( for further advice.