It’s not too late to apply!
A limited number of places are still available on our undergraduate courses starting as late as November 2020. From fashion, film and fine art to graphic design, game arts, and animation — your future starts here.
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.
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, on Zoom, messaging us on WhatsApp or coming in to see us on campus. If you’re interested in creative study starting this November get in touch and we’ll help you find the course that’s right for you.
What is Clearing?
Clearing is the process universities and colleges follow to match vacant spaces on their study programmes to people seeking a place. From 6 July – 20 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.
Who can apply?
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 £25
- you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in UCAS Track
How do I apply?
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 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.
- We’ll ask you to have some work ready to show us - think about how you can show this to us online.
- Keep a pen and paper ready to note down the course code and your time slot for a meeting with one of our academics and for 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
- Stay positive and patient - you may not get through to an adviser straight away.
- Speak clearly and confidently, this is your moment to shine!
- If you receive an offer login to your account at track.ucas.com and click “Add Clearing Choice” to confirm.
- Make sure your student finance and accommodation are in place.
- Take a deep breath - it’s time to celebrate!
For more advice on portfolio and interviews this year, please take a look at guide. Our tutors are very understanding that some applicants may not have a full portfolio this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and therefore work has been left at schools/colleges.
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.
Choose your Course
Limited places are still available on the following undergraduate courses, starting as late as 2 November 2020:
- BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts
- BA (Hons) Animation
- BA (Hons) Commercial Photography for Fashion, Advertising & Editorial
- BA (Hons) Costume Production & Associated Crafts
- BA (Hons) Digital Media Production
- BA (Hons) Fashion
- BA (Hons) Fashion Media & Marketing
- BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts
- BA (Hons) Fine Art
- BA (Hons) Game Arts
- BA (Hons) Graphic Communication
- BA (Hons) Illustration
- BA (Hons) Interior Decoration, Design & Styling
- BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking
- BA (Hons) Photography
- BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern
- BA (Hons) Textile Practices
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 industry-ready studios and workshops.
The college’s main Tavistock Place campus will be open six days a week, with late-night access Monday to Thursday. Both new and returning undergraduate students will begin their studies on 5 October 2020 and can look forward to group teaching with academics and highly-skilled technical demonstrators alongside live video-based lectures, tutorials, one-to-one activities and integrated offline learning.
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 an extended 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.
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 and social distancing can be implemented. Find out about our clubs & societies on the PCA:SU pages 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.
In the meantime, to get a feel for our state-of-the-art studios and workshops, you can take a 360 virtual tour on our website. Want to speak to a student? Start a conversation on Unibuddy and find out why our current students chose their degree with Plymouth College of Art.