Fees for full-time undergraduate courses are noted in the table below. Part-time undergraduate course fees are half those shown below per year.
Please note we currently do not offer part-time study to international students.
BA (Hons) degrees and Extended BA (Hons) - Home (UK) and EU students
|£9,250 per year
|BA (Hons) and Extended BA (Hons) degrees - International Students
||£14,800 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 (accommodation, food, transport, studying expenses e.g. books and materials)
Additional Course Costs
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
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.
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 the level of your 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.
EU and International Students
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.
Office for Students Registration
Plymouth College of Art has been accepted onto the OfS Register of English higher education providers. That means we meet the OfS requirements for course quality, academic standards, student support, student protection and more. For more information visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk/the-register.
Click here to read about our Access Participation Plan with the OfS.
Further Financial Support
Additional support can be available for students with learning difficulties or disabilities, including mental health conditions. For further information, take a look at the Disabled Students’ Allowance web page.
There is also additional support available for students with children or dependent adults. Find out more about extra financial help on the Student Finance England website.
BA Final Year Bursary
The BA Final Year Bursary will be available to all of our new eligible home (UK) undergraduate students starting study in the academic year 2020/21.
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).
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Internal Progression £1000 Cash Scholarship
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 £1000 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 September 2020 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 £1000 in your second semester of study, in early March 2021.
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 80% attendance or higher in your first and second semester 2020/21 to be awarded the £1000 scholarship.
2020 Short Course £500 Progression Bursary
We’re now offering a one-off £500 cash bursary to students progressing from one of our Short Courses to a three or four-year undergraduate degree in September 2020 at Plymouth College of Art.
Anybody who has completed one of our Short Courses since September 2015 will be eligible for the Short Course Progression Bursary, which is subject to successfully completing the university application process but is not based on household income.
Once an application through UCAS has been successful and a student has enrolled, the scholarship will be paid in one instalment of £500, in early March 2021, to eligible students that have met a minimum of 80% attendance since enrollment.
If you have completed one of our Short Courses since September 2015 and want to apply for this one-off cash bursary, let us know as part of your UCAS application, either in the Personal Statement or the 'Activities in preparation for higher education' field of 'Additional information'.
Local Authority support
If you're a care leaver entering higher education on or after 1 September 2008, and you're starting a course before your 25th birthday, you may be entitled to a non-taxable £2,000 bursary from your local authority.
In England, local authorities have a duty to pay the bursary if you're a care leaver pursuing a course of higher education according to your pathway plan. The study can be either full or part-time.
You're entitled to this support if you're a care leaver up to the age of 21. If you're over 21 but under 25 you could also be entitled, if on reaching the age of 21, you're still being helped by your local authority with an agreed programme of education or training.
This is not part of the student finance package provided by Student Finance England and it's disregarded when calculating entitlement to student grants and loans. Any care leaver bursaries available from universities are in addition to local authority support.
To apply, you should contact your pathway planner at your local authority. You should ask about the bursary and also whether there is any additional support for care leavers from your local authority. If you're eligible, make sure you have this agreed in writing as soon as possible. We can help if you need support with this.
For more information about care leavers progressing to higher education take a look at The Complete University Guide and this flowchart from the National Care Leavers Association is useful to check whether you are eligible.