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Pre-Degree

Read our latest update for new and returning pre-degree 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 is preparing to launch its 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 pre-degree students back to our Pre-Degree Campus, Palace Court and Palace Studios, on 12 October 2020.

If you are a new or returning student please read our latest update on Autumn term dates and opening times below.

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Pre-Degree Summer Show, 2018

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 post-16, or Level 2 and Level 3 students in Pre-Degree.

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.

Term 1

Registration - Extended Diploma (Year 1) and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (FAD) students

w/c Monday 7 September 2020

Term 1 Begins

w/c Monday 14 September 2020

Half Term

Monday 26 - Friday 30 October 2020

Term 1 Ends

w/c Monday 14 December 2020

Christmas Break*

Monday 21 December 2020 - Friday 1 January 2021

Term 2

Teaching Begins

w/c Monday 4 January 2021

Half Term

Monday 15 - Friday 19 February 2021

Term 2 Ends

w/c Monday 29 March 2021

Easter Break*

Friday 2 April - Friday 16 April 2021

Term 3

Teaching Begins

Monday 19 April 2021

Bank Holiday (College Closed)

Monday 3 May 2021

Half Term

w/c Monday 31 May 2021

Term 3 Ends**

w/c Monday 5 July 2021

*College opening dates and times during the Christmas and Easter break are to be confirmed.

**Some commitments such as results day and final exhibition may fall after the end of the formal academic year and are subject to final confirmation with the awarding body.


Safety Measures

Extensive safety 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.

Progression & Careers

The Plymouth College of Art, Pre-Degree Progression and Careers year plan is achieved via two platforms of engagement within each learners study programme.

  • The first platform of activities are embedded within the enriching and diverse curriculum model delivered in sessions and includes Creative Careers Toolkit interventions, University progression workshops, the Design to Sell project where we turn our whole campus into a shop for three days, national competitions such as ARTiculation and Worldskills and International Baccalaureate Service Learning interventions and activities.
  • The second platform exists as activities that sit outside the formal curriculum model and includes Work Placement opportunities, the Pre-Degree enrichment programme, our Year 2 GAP year club, and weekly careers interventions that start in January and continue through to June 2020.

In addition to these platforms of engagement, we intricately track and thread the Pre-Degree Character project throughout the course of each learners study programme. The Character project promotes employability skills, british values, study skills and interpersonal development through a series of activities and termly progress checks. The Pre-Degree Character project consists of six main areas; Curiosity, Ethics, Communication, Wellbeing, People and Grit.


Get in touch

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 admissions@pca.ac.uk

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