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Visit

If you are ready to explore our campus facilities but can’t attend an Open Day or Tour in person right now, we recommend booking a virtual walkthrough of our studios and workshops. You can also sign-up here to be the one of our first visitors once lockdown restrictions lift on campus.

Join our knowledgeable Student Recruitment team on a narrated journey through the college’s facilities and ask questions about your course of interest. All you need is an internet connection and computer or mobile device to get started.

Following the UK government’s announcement on 4 January of a nationwide lockdown, we have moved all of our on-campus events and tours online until mid-February, pending further updates.

If you have already made a booking for an on-campus event or tour, please note it will now take place online. We will be contacting you via phone and email to confirm details and to answer any questions you may have. You will also be offered the opportunity to book an alternative date.

Online Tours

Did you know you can still visit us virtually throughout the lockdown period? Join us at an upcoming Online Open Event or book a one-to-one virtual tour by emailing liaison@pca.ac.uk.

Our Virtual Tours are well-paced and provide an immersive insight into the college’s specialist facilities + LABs. From our well-stocked Equipment Resource Centre (home to 6000+ pieces of media kit) to our digital fabrication laboratory and £8 million invested crafts studios — explore behind the scenes and find out why so many choose to study at Plymouth College of Art.

In-Person Tours

You can still book in advance for on-campus tour dates (starting from March 2021 onwards) by registering your interest here.

To find out about each of our undergraduate, postgraduate and pre-degree campuses please scroll down for more detail. To register and find out more, please complete the Tour Booking form or email liaison@pca.ac.uk.

Please note all dates are subject to government guidance and safety restrictions in place at the time. Look out for an email confirmation of your booking and a member of our team will be in touch shortly to confirm meeting location on your preferred date and time.

Our Campus

Whether attending online or in-person, our campus tours will help you get a real feel for life at an independent art school. Go behind the scenes of our workshops and studios, explore our social spaces and start visualising your studies here in the near future. Our friendly and knowledgeable team (with the help of real students!) are looking forward to showing you what makes Plymouth College of Art so unique.

Undergraduate

Tours of our Tavistock Place campus will include a visit to our brand new Refectory canteen and the Students' Union Social Space and Bar.

You’ll also take a look around our Library, home to over 25,000 books and over 100 journals, as well as quiet study spaces and Mac suites.

You will also be shown where our Student Support team are situated - their team of counsellors and advisers are on hand to help with issues around mental health and wellbeing.

You’ll visit The Gallery, our on-site exhibition space which plays host to a high-quality contemporary programme of art shows and events, which enrich teaching and learning at the college. The Gallery has played host to some of the biggest names in current contemporary art, with exhibitions from the likes of Martin Parr, Rose Wylie, Timorous Beasties and Corinne Day.

We’ll show you around our LABs, including our Multimedia Lab, with photography studios, sound studios and green screen; Fab Lab Plymouth, which includes the latest digital design and 3D printing technology, our Imprint Lab - with silkscreen, letterpress, litho printing facilities and more.

The Fabric Lab houses facilities for producing textiles include knitting machines, a tufting gun, dyeing, sewing and pattern cutting, and our Materials Lab is where you’ll find equipment for working with clay, glass, plaster, metals and wood.

Our Tours will also take you around our fully stocked Equipment Resource Centre (ERC), where we have over 6,000 pieces of bookable equipment - from entry level DSLR cameras, to professional industry-standard digital medium format camera Phase One, an Arri Alexa, and the Panasonic Varicam, used by the BBC to film Blue Planet. Equipment from our ERC is free for all students from all areas of study to use.

And finally, you’ll get to visit all of our dedicated studio spaces for all of our programmes, so you’ll get a real feel for the creative learning and teaching spaces across all aspects of our curriculum.

To arrange an Undergraduate tour please complete our Booking Form at the end of this page.

Pre-Degree

Palace Court is home to five hundred 16-19-year-old students studying arts, crafts, design and media. The creative Extended Diploma campus is just around the corner from the inspiring historical surroundings of the Barbican waterfront, Plymouth Arts Centre and only five minutes walk from our main-site, Tavistock Place.

If you are interested in finding out more about our pre-degree facilities, you can book a tour of our Palace Court campus. You will be shown around our studios for Graphics, Illustration and Game Arts, our Film, Animation and Media Production Studio, our Fashion & Textiles Studio, and our Art & Design Studio.

Palace Court’s outdoor courtyard basks in the summer sun. A golden-brown staircase to the left leads to a second-floor entranceway, whilst ground-level a large white mulberry tree is surrounded by pale grey gravel and white walls with black framing.

Palace Court Pre-Degree Campus

Our dedicated space for Foundation Diploma in Art & Design students, Palace Studios, is situated on Buckwell Street in the heart of Plymouth’s city centre. Adjacent to the newly opened Bretonside multiplex and cinema redevelopment The Barcode and on the same street as Palace Court Pre Degree Campus.

Palace Studios includes two large specialist studios, comprising spaces over 160m2, designed to meet the needs of modern art, design and media students plus high windows for natural light, all housed only five minutes walk from our HE campus, Tavistock Place.

To arrange a Pre-Degree tour please complete our Booking Form at the end of this page.

Postgraduate

Our red brick Postgraduate Centre curves around the corner of the street with the blue sky and sun reflecting off the many windows.

Postgraduate Centre

The Postgraduate Centre is located in Studio 44, a few minutes walk from Plymouth College of Art’s Tavistock Place site. It houses two flexible teaching, study and display spaces dedicated to the use of postgraduate students. Teaching on MA programmes takes place at the Postgraduate Centre and across the Plymouth College of Art campus, where MA students engage with our technical facilities and areas of expertise relevant to their practice.

The Postgraduate Centre is home to a dynamic community of scholars and makers, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, campaigners and activists. We welcome recent graduates as well as creative practitioners with established careers.

To arrange a visit please complete our Booking Form at the end of this page.

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Contact us

If you have any questions about your visit please get in touch with our Student Recruitment team:

  • Email: liaison@pca.ac.uk
  • Call: 01752 203434
  • Live chat: Click the speech bubble icon on the bottom right of your screen.