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Following an intensive period of development, in consultation with students and practicing artists, Plymouth College of Art has launched a hybrid of live online and on-campus creative practice. In line with Government guidelines, as of Monday 5 October 2020, we are open and welcoming applicants and returning students back on campus at our Tavistock Place main site.

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 in March to slow the spread of Covid-19. Teaching was moved online immediately with no disruption for undergraduate, MA and A-Level-equivalent post-16 students.

Over the summer, our teaching has been redesigned to take advantage of the new hybrid delivery model, supported by one-to-one and group workshops that will happen on and off-campus in specialist workshops and live digital platforms. Alongside this, the college has updated its support and training materials, moving academic, pastoral, careers, library and other professional support services online.

What can I access now?

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 practise 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.

The Ground Floor IT Suite at Tavistock Place reopened on Monday 3rd August for current students undertaking coursework due to be submitted in August. 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.

What safety measures are in place?

Extensive measures have been introduced across each Plymouth College of Art building to prepare for reopening, from protective plastic barriers for student and visitor facing services, 2-metre distances between workstations, one way systems and optimised timetables with staggered breaks and start times, to enhanced cleaning regimes, staff retraining and access to sanitising stations that will allow students back into workshops and studios, using the equipment and facilities that will prepare them for careers in the UK’s world-leading creative industries.

With new rules in place across every building, Plymouth College of Art will work with the Local Authority and Public Health England to support and promote the Track and Trace initiative. Over the summer, all new and returning students will receive simple guidance on how to return safely.

How can I meet new people and connect with peers?

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. 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.


Absence Reporting

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.


Contact us

We are looking forward to welcoming you on campus this Autumn. In the meantime, please continue to monitor your inbox for email updates from our Learning & Teaching team and Admissions.

If you are a new student joining us in October 2020 and 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.