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Pre-Degree

Read on for information on opening times, term dates, enrolment information, reading weeks, and more for new and returning Pre-Degree students.

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Pre-Degree Summer Show, 2018

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

w/c Monday 6 September 2021

Term 1 Begins

w/c Monday 13 September 2021

Half Term

Monday 25 - Friday 29 October 2021

Term 1 Ends

w/c Monday 13 December 2021

Christmas Break*

Monday 20 December 2021 - Friday 31 December 2022

Teaching Begins

w/c Monday 3 January 2022

Half Term

Monday 21 - Friday 25 February 2022

Term 2 Ends

w/c Monday 4 April 2022

Easter Break*

Monday 11 April - Friday 22 April 2022

Teaching Begins

w/c Monday 25 April 2022

Bank Holiday (College Closed)

Monday 2 May 2022

Half Term

Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June 2022

Term 3 Ends**

w/c Monday 4 July 2022

*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.


In 2020, extensive safety measures were 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 safely 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 continues to work with the Local Authority and Public Health England to support and promote the Track and Trace initiative.

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 take place throughout the year.

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.


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 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 predegree@pca.ac.uk.