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Undergraduate

At first glance, the journey to undergraduate study can seem confusing, but we’ve compiled everything you need to know as an applicant on this page.

Scroll down to gain a better understanding of each stage in the student journey if you're considering an application to study a BA (Hons) degree or Extended BA at Plymouth College of Art. Sections include; Research, Apply, Confirmation, Interview & Portfolio, Offer and Acceptance.

Don't forget, our Student Recruitment & Admissions team are also here to help ensure your applicant experience is smooth and stress-free. To start a conversation about your options and gain personalised advice on UCAS, student finance, accommodation and more, say hello:

Your Journey to Higher Education

Research

Before and after making an application it’s a good idea to stay connected with us and explore your choice of course(s) in more depth.

At Plymouth College of Art, we offer a diverse range of BA (Hons) degrees in highly specialised creative subjects. Here you will be welcomed into a like-minded community of just 400+ undergraduates, where staff are proud to know every student by name. Together we make, experiment and innovate in an interdisciplinary environment that allows individuality and ideas to flourish.

Our course content is closely aligned with industry-need, ensuring all specialisms have professional practice and employability embedded throughout each module. From critical thinking and communication to promotion and problem-solving, you will graduate with a wide range of transferable skills, future-proofing you for success across all sectors.

Explore the sections below to find out more:

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Apply

Undergraduate study typically takes place over three years full-time or four-years if you are applying to study an Extended BA which includes a preparatory year before specialising in your chosen subject area.

Full-time

Applications to study a full-time undergraduate degree should be submitted via UCAS. UCAS is the ‘Universities and Colleges Admissions Service’ and you can monitor your progress using their online service UCAS Track.

To get started you will need our institution code P65 and the course code which can be found on the course page you are applying to.

For a complete step-by-step guide to making an application to study at Plymouth College of Art through UCAS, click here.

Part-time

If you’re looking to study a degree part-time over six years you will make an application directly to the college. Please note a part-time study mode is not available on all courses.

To make an application, click 'Apply Now' on the relevant course page and select 'Part-time' to begin the process.

International

EU and non-EU based applicants should also submit their application through UCAS.

For more information on visas, Brexit, fees and language support, please visit our International pages.

Distance Learning

Our distance-learning programme invites a diverse community of learners from the UK and further afield, to study together in real-time through our online connected-campus. Applications for January 2022 are currently open.

To find out about the courses on offer, start dates and how to apply please visit our Distance Learning page.

Additional Support

If you would like to request an alternative format to the information provided on our website or UCAS, our Admissions team will be happy to help. Email admissions@pca.ac.uk to discuss your needs.

If you have a disability or any other additional needs (e.g caring responsibilities) please remember to note this on your application so that we are aware of your circumstances and can recommend the right support.

Confirmation

Once you've submitted your application, you'll receive an email from us to confirm that we've received it. This should arrive within one working day, so keep an eye on your inbox.

Our friendly admissions team will then be in touch with you via phone and email to confirm the next steps of your application and to guide you through the whole application process, answering any questions you may have.

We also have Admissions Q&A drop-in sessions online through Google Meet every Monday from 3-4.30pm where our team will be on hand to answer your questions.

Interview & Portfolio

After you’ve submitted your application, UCAS will send a welcome email confirming your personal details and course choices. Our Admissions team will also receive a copy and if successful, we will be in touch to arrange an interview with a member of our HE academic team.

Your interview may take place online or in-person (subject to UK government guidance at the time) and before or after you receive an offer.

We will ask you to bring along a portfolio of work and to discuss your creative inspirations, ambitions and why you chose Plymouth College of Art. It is also a good opportunity to ask our staff questions and find out what the course can offer you. A satisfactory discussion of your work will give you the potential to receive an unconditional offer to study with us.

Online Interviews

If travel restrictions are in place, you’re unable to make the trip or you’ve already attended an Open Day, your interview can take place online via Google Meet, WhatsApp, or a phone call. We will ask you to email a digital portfolio or showreel to us in advance and interview slots are arranged with our Admissions team.

In-Person Interviews

When it is safe to do so, we encourage you to visit the college so that you can see our facilities, meet our expert teaching and technical staff, and discuss any other queries you may have. Your interview visit can be combined with a campus tour — click here to register your interest and be one of the first to visit us in person once lockdown restrictions are lifted.

We also offer a bursary of up to £80 to help pay for your travel expenses when it is safe to visit our campus in person. Find out more and plan your visit here.

What to show us

We understand that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic might have prevented you from creating some work and accessing suitable facilities. It may be more challenging this year to compile a large body of work with diverse outcomes, but please rest assured our staff are here to support your future in creative study despite limitations.

Read our tips from Subject Leaders here and download our PDF guides below to help build a portfolio to be proud of. Accessible formats are provided as Word documents below or please email hello@pca.ac.uk to discuss any individual needs.

Offer

You will receive your offer as a notification from UCAS Track. It will say one of three things:

  • Unconditional you have a guaranteed place with us

  • Conditional your place is dependent on meeting some specific requirements (e.g exam results)

  • Unsuccessful unfortunately, no offer has been made this time

We try to get back to applicants with an offer within 2-3 working days, but during busy periods (e.g UCAS deadline) this may take a little longer.

Once you’ve heard back from all of your UCAS choices, it’s time to decide which offer you would like to make your first choice, and which to choose as a second “insurance” choice. We will let you know the deadline by which to reply.

For more information about what happens next please visit ucas.com/trackyourapplication

Acceptance

If you are a UK or international applicant who applied to study a full-time course via UCAS, log in to UCAS Apply & Track to accept your offer.

If you are a UK or international applicant who applied directly to us to study part-time, you can accept your offer by emailing us at admissions@pca.ac.uk quoting your student reference number.

As soon as you accept a conditional or unconditional offer, we will reserve your place to study at Plymouth College of Art. Keep an eye on your inbox throughout the year as we may be in touch if we need any more information or feel you would benefit from news on upcoming events and resources to help you settle into your first year.


Contact us

If you have any questions about your application or you’re concerned about meeting your conditional offer requirements, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly Admissions team.

You can also start a live chat with our current students below and find out why they chose to study at Plymouth College of Art. Ask questions about course content, industry experience, student life, finding accommodation, the local area and their top tips for settling into your first year of studies.

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