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Investing in your education is a wise decision and it's important to understand the student finance support available. From tuition fees to maintenance loans and bursaries to cash scholarships — we're here to help you plan and budget.

For new students joining us in the academic cycle 2021/22, fees for our BA (Hons) and Extended BA (Hons) degrees for UK students are £9,250 per year. The fees for part-time undergraduate programmes are half those shown per year.

For EU and International students joining the college in 2021/22, fees for our BA (Hons) degrees are £15,500 per year. We currently do not offer part-time study for international students. Scholarships of up to £2,000 per year may be available for international students, subject to eligibility and availability.

Please note, if you are joining one of our January 2021-start degrees beginning in the Spring term, you will pay the tuition fees advertised for the academic cycle 2020/21. For new UK and EU students, this will be £9,250 per year. For international students joining us from a partner provider, this will be £14,800. Due to this study route's accelerated first-year, Jan-start degrees are only available as a full-time programme. For more information on how our January-start degrees work and which courses are available, please click here.

Fees outlined are correct at time of publishing and provide an indication of current costs. For more information please email admissions@pca.ac.uk

We offer a range of awards and discounts to applicants who have previously studied at Plymouth College of Art:

  • Alumni Progression Award — 15% discount on MA or MFA fees for Undergraduate, Pre-Degree and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design graduates, who go on to postgraduate study with us.
  • Short Course Progression Award — 10% discount on MA or MFA fees for anyone who has completed a Short Course with us.
  • Alumni Discount on Short Courses — Up to 25% discount for UG, Pre-Degree and FAD graduates on our range of Short Courses. Please note, discounted Short Course places are limited. The discount of up to 25% off Short Course fees only applies to those who graduated from BA/MA/Pre-Degree and Foundation courses or programmes no more than 10 years ago. Contact shortcourses@pca.ac.uk to see if there are any discounted places available on the course you would like to do before booking.

*To be eligible students must achieve a Merit or Distinction in their pre-degree study, or those with a Pass must have been awarded a Green Traffic Light for their final Academic and Character progress checks. Students must achieve 80% attendance or higher in their first and second semester 2020/21 to be awarded the £1000 scholarship.

BA (Hons) Degrees (UK & EU students)

£9,250 per year (including January 2021-start degrees)

BA (Hons) Degrees (International students)

£15,500 per year

£14,800 per year (if applying to a January 2021-start degree)

Extended BA (UK & EU students)

£9,250 per year

Extended BA (International students)

£15,500 per year

BA (Hons) Degrees (UK students)

£9,250 per year (including January 2022-start degrees)

BA (Hons) Degrees (EU & International students)

£15,500 per year

£14,800 per year (if applying to a January 2022-start degree)

Extended BA (UK students)

£9,250 per year

Extended BA (EU & International students)

£15,500 per year

Student Loans for tuition fees and maintenance costs are available to eligible* full-time and part-time students in the UK.

Students will be able to apply for an increased maintenance loan to cover living costs and eligibility to receive the full amount will be means-tested. Undergraduate students who began their courses before 2016/17 and are already receiving maintenance grants will continue to have access to this service.

For more information visit the Student Finance England website or call their helpline on 0300 100 0607. Please ensure you thoroughly read the guidance in relation to loan repayments which only start when you earn more than £25,000 (from 6 April 2018). This has been increased from the previous threshold of £21,000.

Degree students will need to consider two types of costs:

  • Tuition fees
  • Living expenses (e.g accommodation, food, transport, materials)

*Students following a full-time distance learning course are only eligible for tuition fee loans.

January Start Degrees

For UK based students considering applying for this course, there are some important student finance implications to note.

Student Finance England will consider applications for tuition fee loans only for the first year of study (distance learning courses are not eligible for maintenance loans). For years 2 and 3 of the course, students will be able to apply for both a tuition fee and maintenance loan, however payments will be made on a January to December basis, meaning that there will be a delay in receipt of the maintenance payments.

Please consider these implications carefully before making your decision on accepting a place on one of our January Start degrees. If you have any specific questions please email studentfinance@pca.ac.uk.

Additional costs throughout your degree will vary depending on the course you are doing, the materials you use, or the visits you go on. Below we have put together some typical costs for a three-year undergraduate degree.

  • Materials & equipment
    Materials and equipment needs vary between courses - for example, painting/drawing/sculpture materials (Art), fabrics and dyes (Fashion & Textiles), external hard drive (Media). The indicative cost range per year is £50-200 for Year 1, £50-300 for Year 2, £50-400 for Year 3. A typical student cost is estimated at £150 for Year 1, £200 for Year 2 and £300 for Year 3.
  • Printing & Photocopying
    Rates/average costs:
    Black & white - 2p A4, 3p A3.
    Colour - 5p A4, 10p A3.
    Not subsidised but provided at cost. The range of annual student spend is £1-£125, with an average spend per student of £11 per year.
  • Educational visits
    Educational visits are optional and are subsidised by Plymouth College of Art, and the range of costs per year are as follows: In general, the highest cost applies for the most expensive single overseas trip offered, and the lower part of the range represents costs for a number of different visits offered across each year of a programme and generally but not always within the UK. Cost range per year: £50-350 in Year 1, £50-400 in Year 2, £50-400 in Year 3. A typical student cost excluding subsistence is estimated at £100 in Year 1, £200 in Year 2 and £300 in Year 3.

The BA Final Year Bursary will be available to all of our new eligible home (UK) undergraduate students starting study in the academic year 2021/22.

The bursary is money given to students from the college which does not need to be paid back. The bursary is £300 and is paid in your final year. It is a contribution to help students with course-related costs, for example, materials that may be required for a project or the cost of an educational trip.

The bursary is only available to UK students and subject to household income. The College will receive the information about your household income from the Student Loans Company and we will use this to assess your eligibility for the bursary. UK students with household income up to £42,875 are eligible, but you must make sure you give consent for your/your family's financial information, that you provide as part of your student loans application, to be shared with the College.

Please note that part-time students will receive half of the amount stated in the final two years of their degree (for example, £150 in year 5 and £150 in year 6).

If you have any questions please email registry@pca.ac.uk

We want to retain the best creative talent that we can in Plymouth and know that creative study at pre-degree level at Plymouth College of Art offers an excellent preparation to succeed at one of our undergraduate degrees.

That’s why we’re now offering a one-off £500 cash scholarship to students who progress directly from one of our UAL Extended Diplomas or a UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design onto a three or four-year undergraduate degree in Autumn 2021 at Plymouth College of Art.

There is no application process for this scholarship and it is not based on home income. Eligibility will be checked by our Admissions team, provided that you meet minimum expectations for attendance when you start your degree and attainment at Pre Degree level study. The scholarship will be paid automatically to all qualifying students in one instalment of £500 in your second semester of study, in early March 2022.

To be eligible you must achieve a Merit or Distinction in your pre-degree study, or if you achieve a Pass then you must have been awarded a Green Traffic Light for your final Academic and Character progress checks. You must also achieve the minimum attendance requirement in your first and second semester 2021/22 to be awarded the £500 scholarship.

You don’t need to pay for your tuition in advance, providing you’re eligible for a student loan. You will be able to get a loan from the Student Loans Company and this will cover the full amount of your tuition fees, which are paid directly to the college each year.

You can apply for a tuition fee loan regardless of household income. You will need to repay the loan after you graduate and only when you are earning over a certain amount per year. You should apply for student finance as early as possible. Eligible UK full-time students can also get help from the government to cover living costs through a maintenance loan.

The Student Loans Company will assess your household income and tell you how much financial help you can expect to receive towards your living expenses.

Students from the EU (non-UK) may be entitled to loans for tuition fees from the Student Loans Company.

Students from the EU may also be entitled to support for living costs if, on the first day of the academic year of the course, they have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK and Islands throughout the five-year period immediately prior to this date.

For existing students from the EU and those who submitted their application for student finance before 25th March 2016, the residency in the UK is only three years.

Applicants will be asked to submit evidence to Student Finance England to prove their five (or three) year residency. Evidence required would include proof of all addresses you have lived at in the past 5 years, bank statements, evidence of any work or education etc.

Find out if you're eligible on the Student Finance website.

We also welcome applicants who are resident outside the EU, however, you will need to meet the costs of your tuition fees and living costs yourself as you will not usually be entitled to student finance.

For more information for current and new students, visit the Student Finance England web page for EU nationals.