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Undergraduate

Ready to apply to one of our undergraduate degrees? Kickstart your future in the creative industries with a specialised qualification in art, design, craft or digital media from our independent, university-sector art school.

From Undergraduate BA (Hons) and Extended Degrees to Postgraduate MA and MFA courses, we offer something for everyone looking to further their creative practice at HE level.

If you’re over 18 years and looking to study a BA (Hons) degree full-time, you can apply to one of our undergraduate courses through UCAS. If you are applying to study part-time, applications can be made through the relevant course page on this website.

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The January deadline for applications is 6pm on Wednesday 26 January 2022. We advise applicants to not wait until this date to submit your application if it is already complete.

We recognise the value of a variety of qualifications and relevant experience and welcome applications from students who have followed less traditional routes. For further information please visit the individual subject pages on this website or consult the Tariff Table on the UCAS website.

For more information please read our Admissions Policy linked below as a PDF or available as a Google Document here. For a personal discussion or to request an alternative format please email admissions@pca.ac.uk, call +44 (0)1752 203402 or WhatsApp us on 07722 744184.

Remember, you can only apply to UCAS once in a cycle so if you've applied in a previous cycle and would like to apply again, first you'll need to submit a new application. Further support for applicants on each stage of the UCAS application process (including references and writing a personal statement) can be found on our website's Journal.

  1. Note our UCAS Codes — To apply through UCAS you’ll need our institution code P65 and the relevant course code - which is available on each course page.

  2. Check Entry Requirements - You can view entry requirements for each degree on our course pages and consult the UCAS Tariff Table. We recognise the value of a variety of qualifications and relevant experience and welcome applications from students who have followed less traditional routes. If you have any questions about your suitability for a course please email hello@pca.ac.uk

  3. Login to UCAS Apply — You can apply to all of our undergraduate courses through UCAS. Click here to login and if you need any support you can call our Admissions team on +44 (0)1752 203400. Please note the extended deadline for the majority of full-time undergraduate courses is 18:00 on 26 January (UK time) if you are applying for 2022 entry.

  4. Arrange an in-person visit, register for an Online Open Event or book a Virtual Tour.

Your application will tell us about your qualifications and previous experience, but we know there’s more to our creative applicants than the information captured on a form. To get to know your creative potential, abilities and interests, we will invite you to talk about your work with a member of our HE academic team.

This discussion may take place online or in-person and will provide a welcoming space to share your aspirations, previous experiences 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.

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If your application meets our entry requirements, we’ll invite you to a discussion about your work with one of our academics. This might take place before or after you receive an offer from us.

We encourage you to visit the college so that you can see our facilities, meet our teaching and technical staff, and discuss any other queries you may have; however, we appreciate this may not always be possible. If travel restrictions are in place, you are unable to make the trip or have already attended an Open Day, this meet 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 arrange an interview slot with our Admissions team in advance.

Did you know we also offer up to £80 to help pay for your travel expenses? Your visit can take place before or after your interview, or even as part of your interview.

We base our decisions on the work you show us and your creative potential - we know that you’re so much more than your qualifications, and will make sure that your application is considered fairly, no matter what happens with assessments this year.

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If you would like to see what goes on inside our state-of-the-art studios and workshops or you would benefit from an informal talk about your future, an online or in-person campus visit is a great place to start your research.

Come along to one of our Open Days and gain personalised advice from our student finance team, meet with expert academics and current students, and try out our specialist facilities. Our accommodation providers will also be on-hand to show you around the local area and our affordable shared halls and housing, just a stone’s throw from the college's main-site, Tavistock Place.

We are also pleased to announce that bookable tours are available online allowing you to explore a diverse range of specialist facilities alongside our Students Union, our independent onsite art gallery MIRROR, and Plymouth Arts Cinema.

Our knowledgeable staff will also be on-hand to answer any questions you may have about entry requirements, portfolios, employability, student finance and accommodation.

To arrange an Online Campus Tour please register on our Book a Tour page or email liaison@pca.ac.uk


We are committed to ensuring that our students have suitable accommodation choices, and we work with Host to bring you a wide range of living choices to suit all styles and budgets, so that you can find the home that’s right for your needs.


If you are a European or overseas student interested in our Undergraduate programmes, you can submit your portfolio or showreel online and interview via an online platform. Please visit our International Students page or contact Admissions for further info on +441752 203474 and admissions@pca.ac.uk.


We are also registered with the Office for Students. That means we meet their requirements for course quality, academic standards, student support, student protection and more. For more information see www.officeforstudents.org.uk/the-register.


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Our Terms & Conditions for Higher Education students – which set out the basis of the agreement between us when you accept a place with us – can be downloaded here. These make reference to our Academic Regulations and our Code of Conduct for students. The Code of Conduct is specified in our HE Student Handbook which can be found here.

If you require copies of any of the documentation referenced within the Regulations please contact the Deputy Registrar Margaret Campbell at mcampbell@pca.ac.uk.

For more information and to gain personalised advice on your application, please contact our Admissions Team.