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Since the start of the pandemic, a number of measures have been put into place to safeguard our community. Our safety measures range from the introduction of guidelines around face coverings on campus and hybrid teaching timetables to promote social distancing and limit the number of people on campus, to ventilation assessments, one-way systems and temperature checks. In addition to supporting the national NHS Test and Trace scheme, we use our college ID cards to monitor attendance on campus and operate our own internal track and trace processes whenever there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 among staff or students

As one of the UK’s last truly independent art schools, our agile college community was strongly positioned to adapt to change when universities were asked to close their buildings at the beginning of the pandemic. . Teaching was moved online immediately with no disruption for undergraduate, MA and A-Level-equivalent post-16 students.

We designed a new hybrid delivery model, supported by one-to-one and group workshops that took place on and off-campus in specialist workshops and live digital platforms. Alongside this, the college updated its support and training materials, moving academic, pastoral, careers, library and other professional support services online.

Access to the right working spaces and facilities is vital for artists, designers and makers, which is why the College plans to allow students to pursue and complete their studies and develop their creative practice with as much space for making within campus-based specialist workshops and studios as possible, subject always to Government guidelines and pandemic controls.

New and returning students will have access to group teaching with academics and highly-skilled technical demonstrators within our industry-standard workshop and studio spaces, alongside live video-based lectures, tutorials, one-to-one activities and integrated offline learning.

The college’s main Tavistock Place campus is open six days a week, with late-night access Monday to Thursday.

Enhanced safety measures include:

  • Design and layout improvements to our IT suite, ensuring social distancing and compliance with expert advice on sanitisation;
  • Bookable computer workstations, arranged in advance using the Connect-2 online booking system, via the Student Portal (If you have not used Connect 2 in the past and require an induction please see the guidance on the Student Portal.
  • A campus one-way system, temperature checking and sign-in process upon arrival;
  • A Student Campus Induction Form to help you understand how to work and study onsite;
  • Track + Trace protocols, as advised by Government guidelines;

To book access to the IT Suite, read our safety guidelines and complete the induction form, please visit the Student Portal and check your college inbox.

Further access to workshops and studios will be regularly reviewed throughout the year according to Government guidance, prioritising as much access for students as possible as the year progresses.

Extensive measures have been introduced across each Plymouth College of Art building to keep staff and students safe, such as ,

  • Protective barriers for student and visitor facing services

  • 2-metre distances between workstations

  • One-way systems and optimised timetables with staggered breaks and start times

  • Enhanced cleaning regimes

  • Access to sanitising stations that will allow students back into workshops and studios

  • Our own Track and Trace system, using card swipe data that enables us to trace contacts in the event of a confirmed case of the virus on site.

Plymouth College of Arts’ Students’ Union Manager and President 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. View a full list of clubs & societies and find out more on our Students Union page or visit Youtube to watch the diary of a first-year student.


If you are a registered student reporting a non-coronavirus related absence, please complete the Report Absence option in MyTimetables.

If your absence relates to coronavirus (COVID-19) it is essential that you follow the steps bulleted below. Symptoms of Coronavirus include; new continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell.

  • Complete the online Absence & Illness Reporting Form available on the Student Portal and contact your Subject Leader as soon as possible.
  • If you receive positive or negative test results for Covid-19, you should complete the absence/illness form again and also email healthupdates@pca.ac.uk with a copy of your NHS Test result SMS. This allows us to get you back to campus when safe to do so.
  • Remember to advise the NHS Test & Trace team that you are a Plymouth College of Art student.

For more information on the college's response to coronavirus please visit our Covid-19 guidance pages.


Please continue to monitor your inbox for email updates from our Learning & Teaching team and Admissions.

If you have any questions about your application or course, please email admissions@pca.ac.uk

If you are a current student seeking more information on term and assessment dates please visit our Key Dates page. For more information please contact your Subject Leader.