It’s not too late to apply!
A limited number of places are still available on our undergraduate courses starting as late as October 2021. From fashion, film and fine art to graphic design, illustration, and animation — the world needs creatives now more than ever.
Did you know that every year around one in ten university and college places are found through Clearing? In fact, Whilst Clearing is often thought of as a second chance for students who didn’t quite receive the results they hoped for, it is also a practical route for last-minute applicants, those who took a year out, and those who have changed their minds about their original UCAS selection.
- 73,320 students used Clearing
28,030 students who had an offer released themselves into Clearing
A record 19,640 applied through Clearing, not having made an application earlier in the year
At Plymouth College of Art, we know there’s more to every Clearing applicant than their results on paper and we’ll work to find the best route for you. We’ll make sure you can talk to an academic about your work and your journey so far, and your ambitions for the future.
We’re also happy to talk to you in whatever way works best for you, whether that’s a phone call, messaging us on WhatsApp or coming in to see us on campus. If you’re interested in creative study starting this October get in touch and we’ll help you find the course that’s right for you.
Clearing is the process universities and colleges follow to match vacant spaces on their study programmes to people seeking a place. From 5 July – 19 October, you can apply for one of our courses using Clearing if you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has vacant places. Complete our Pre-Registration form and one of our advisors will get in touch to chat through your options.
Clearing opens for those who already have their exam results or hold no offers for other universities/colleges.
Clearing officially opens on results day
Clearing presents an opportunity for applicants who have missed their offer conditions, declined all offers or had a last-minute change of heart about the university or course they want to study. Clearing is open to many people, including students receiving results this summer, late applicants, and mature learners.
You are eligible to apply through Clearing if:
- you’re applying after 30 June (If UCAS received your application after this date, they will not have sent it to any universities and colleges)
- you didn’t receive any offers (or you’ve chosen not to accept any by the due date)
- you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers (e.g you have not met a grade)
- you've paid the multiple-choice application fee of £26
- you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in UCAS Track
If you are yet to make an application, apply online now via UCAS Apply. Don't forget you'll need a reference as well as your personal statement. UCAS applications received after the 30 June deadline, or students who miss their grade target, will be automatically entered into Clearing. Those who haven't yet applied to any universities can also apply through Clearing once they have their results. However, you'll need to have completed a UCAS application to use Clearing.
If you are already holding a university place but would like to apply to a course at Plymouth College of Art instead, you can now self-release into Clearing rather than wait for your original choice of university to release you. Self-release is available in UCAS Track from early July.
Have your UCAS Clearing number (if you have one) and results ready.
Think about what courses you’re interested in.
Keep a pen and paper ready to note down any information, the course code, your time slot for a meeting with one of our academics and any questions you might have.
Call our Clearing hotline to speak to an advisor +44 (0)1752 203402 or message us on WhatsApp 07722 744184. Alternatively, you can fill out our pre-registration form below and our friendly team will be in touch.
Stay positive and patient - you may not get through or hear from an adviser straight away.
We’ll ask you what results or grades you currently hold and if you have a portfolio of work ready to show at interview.
We’ll discuss your options and arrange for you to have an interview with one of our lecturers - this is a great opportunity to tell us about your creative ambitions and show us some of your work.
We’ll talk you through any further steps you need to take in order to complete an application.
You’ll receive an invitation for your interview - you’ll have the option of doing this either online or in-person at our Plymouth campus.
In-person interview: When you arrive, sign in to campus reception and tell them you are here for your interview. The lecturer interviewing you will come and meet you - don’t forget to bring your portfolio with you. Following your interview you’ll be offered the opportunity to have a campus tour with one of our Student Ambassadors.
Online interview: We recommend setting up your phone/laptop/computer 10 minutes before your interview, just in case you have any technical issues. It’s always useful to have a pen and paper nearby in case you wish to note any information down. You will have been prompted to email your portfolio/creative work in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org, but have it open on your phone/desktop just in case you wish to refer to it during your interview.
For more advice on portfolio and interviews this year, please take a look at our guide. Our tutors are very understanding that some applicants may not have a full portfolio this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Please do not worry if you feel your portfolio is not full enough yet, we would love to talk to you further about your ideas and ambitions, as well as your skills and experience. We also welcome applications from candidates without formal qualifications who can provide evidence of their creativity.
If you receive an offer, log in to your account at track.ucas.com and click “Add Clearing Choice” to confirm.
Take a deep breath - it’s time to celebrate!
Limited places are still available on the following undergraduate courses, starting as late as October 2021:
Following an intensive period of development in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and in consultation with students and staff, Plymouth College of Art put a number of measures in place during 2020 and 2021 to ensure our community was supported in all aspects of their academic life.
From extending deadlines and offering hardship funds to making PPE for local nurses and adapting to hybrid teaching, the entire community came together to support one another during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Plymouth College of Art offers a close-knit, specialised community where subject leaders and technicians know every student by name. Our academics have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our students on the level of support and peer-to-peer connection that they continue to receive. In fact, many students have reported that they feel like they’re receiving "a more personalised learning experience than ever before.”
Plymouth College of Arts’ Students’ Union Manager and President-Elect are hard at work preparing a Freshers’ Week of safe social events to ensure that students begin to develop the new connections and friendships that can continue in person and online throughout their time at the college.
Depending on Government Covid-19 guidelines, we anticipate that this will include a mix of online events such as quiz nights and viewing parties alongside in-person workshops such as tie-dying, cake and coffee mornings and social mixers where appropriate safety measures can be implemented. Find out about our clubs & societies on the PCA:SU pages, join the Freshers 2021 Facebook group or head to Youtube to watch the diary of a first-year student.
At Plymouth College of Art we are committed to excellence. We know that some students may start with us later than others and we have therefore designed a series of dedicated activities to support a smooth integration into our programmes. New undergraduate students are able to enrol with us up to a month after our advertised start date - please contact us if you need more information. We review all later starts on an individual case-by-case basis.
Our dedicated Student Experience and Retention Officer oversees all later starts and works in partnership with our Students’ Union and Admission team to ensure a positive and successful experience. This includes: supporting enrolment, helping with accommodation, timetabling, organising tours, and an introduction to our Students’ Union. They can also suggest great places to eat and the quickest way to find the sea, we’re pretty close!
Importantly, we know that the first few months of study are key to settling into a programme, meeting new people and integrating into the college, and we make sure that we support you in doing so. From the vibrant mix of events in our on-site gallery and independent cinema to the friendly faces of students hosting pop-up shops and exchanging ideas in our open-doors interdisciplinary workshops — Plymouth College of Art has an undeniable energy and atmosphere. We can’t wait for you to experience it in person soon.
As a creative community, we pride ourselves on ingenuity and with the combined input of our students, expert academics and highly specialised technicians we are ideally placed to come up with innovative solutions to the shared challenges we face, most recently the Covid-19 pandemic.
If you have any questions about your application or about starting a little later with us, 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.