Our BA (Hons) degrees and Extended BA (Hons) courses are £9,250 per year for new UK and EU students.
For international students, our BA (Hons) and Extended BA (Hons) degrees are £14,000 per year.
The fees for part-time undergraduate courses are half those shown above per year. Please note we do not offer part-time study to international students.
Student Loans for tuition fees and maintenance costs are available to eligible full-time students in the UK. Part-time students can apply for the tuition fee loan but not the maintenance loan.
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 - equipment, materials and trips
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 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
After changes made in Parliament, all higher education providers must now register with a brand new HE Regulator, OfS (the Office for Students) for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year.
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.
The college bursary will be available to all of our new eligible* home (UK) undergraduate students undertaking study in the academic year 2019/20.
The bursary is money given to students from the college which does not need to be paid back. The bursary 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 amount you receive depends on which year you're in and gradually increases as you progress through your programme, as detailed below.
Please note that part-time students will receive half of the amount stated below per academic year.
||Available to all home (UK) and EU* undergraduate students.
||Available to all home (UK) students.
|Extended BA (Hons) Degree Year 0
||1st term: £75
2nd term: £75
3rd term: £150
|1st term: £50
2nd term: £50
3rd term: £100
|BA (Hons) Programmes Year 1
||1st term: £100
2nd term: £100
3rd term: £200
|1st term: £75
2nd term: £75
3rd term: £150
|BA (Hons) Programmes Year 2
||1st term: £125
2nd term: £125
3rd term: £250
|1st term: £100
2nd term: £100
3rd term: £200
|BA (Hons) Programmes Year 3
||1st term: £150
2nd term: £450
|1st term: £100
2nd term: £400
*Please note this does not include EU students on exchange programmes (Erasmus+).
The bursary is usually paid at three points throughout the year – in December, March and May for Extended BA, first and second-year students.
Third-year students will usually receive the remaining amount of the bursary during the second term in order to help with the costs of purchasing materials for their final projects.
The college bursary for 2018/19 is available to all home (UK) and EU undergraduate students (this excludes EU students on exchange programmes like Erasmus+), however in 2019/20 will be available for home (UK) students only.
*The college bursary is only paid provided that you maintain good attendance (80% or above) each term. For more information, read our blog.
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College Prize Scheme
This scheme provides three awards of half-price fees (for one year for undergraduate students) to support entry or onward progression to complete your studies. These awards are made on the basis of academic achievement for current students and academic potential. There is no household income limit for this award.
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. Or we can ask on your behalf. 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 on what each Local Authority provides to care leavers progressing to higher education take a look at our local authority support information and this flowchart from the National Care Leavers Association is useful to check whether you are eligible.