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Outreach & Schools

Our team is here to support you, and help students progress to studying arts at degree level; preparing for professional employment within the booming creative and cultural industries, which contribute over £80 billion per year to the UK economy.

We are passionate about building links with schools and colleges all over the country and endeavour to deliver first hand, relatable experiences to inspire your students to continue on with their arts education.

Please get in touch if you are interested in arranging a visit or virtual workshop to learn more about studying art, design and media at degree level. We can provide talks on student life, portfolio reviews, mock interviews, and information on choosing the right creative degree.

Let your students know about our Open Days - download our printable Open Day poster here

We also offer face to face meetings to discuss ways in which we can work with you, and we understand the importance of facilitating good career guidance for your students. Our activities provide meaningful encounters with Gatsby Benchmarks 4, 5, 6 and 7. In fact, in December 2019 our Pre-Degree Campus at Palace Court was announced as the only Further Education provider in the South West to receive 100% of their national targets on careers guidance for 16 to 19-year-olds.

2020 UPDATE | Virtual Experiences

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic evolves our staff continue to offer schools and colleges bespoke solutions to support the ongoing achievement and aspirations of young students. From 360° tours of our facilities to live-streamed workshops, at-home making and digital drop-in talks — we are committed to providing meaningful outreach experiences, whether online or on-campus! Many of the activities listed on this page can be delivered digitally via video call and you can watch a preview in the video below. For more information or to make a booking please email


Organising workshops is one of the best ways to give students an insight into studying arts subjects at degree level. We can provide everything from beginner or taster sessions to full projects. Please click this link to download our Outreach Workshop Menu. If there is a specialist discipline that you require, let us know and we can organise it for you.

Specialist Guidance

As well as workshops we are here to offer guidance and support, and can offer presentations and advice on student funding and UCAS applications, as well as course-specific talks for students wanting to learn more about specific areas of study. You can also download our Recruitment & Admissions guide here. Our practicing creative professionals are on hand to talk through their professional expertise and journey to inspire and inform your students.

Mock Interviews

Mock interviews are a great way to prepare students for HE interviews. Our graduate team can use their first-hand experience to offer tips and hints, as well as pinpointing ways in which students can stand out.

Portfolio Reviews

When applying for degree-level study, students need a creative portfolio or showreel that showcases a range of techniques and media, for them to demonstrate their skills, interests, experience and level of commitment to art, design and/or digital media. Our team can offer students practical tips on how best to present their work, what content to use, and how to order a portfolio or showreel. You can also find our Interview and Portfolio Guide here

Career Fairs & UCAS Events

Staff and students from Plymouth College of Art attend career fairs all over the UK; please get in touch to request our attendance. Throughout the year we also attend a busy calendar of UCAS events, including Create Your Future Manchester and London. To view a list of upcoming dates click here.

Please note that most student recruitment and outreach event calendars have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak and social distancing measures in place throughout Summer 2020. For more information on the college’s response please click here. If you would like to discuss any of the above, please contact our team at


Next Steps South West (NSSW)

Next Steps South West (NSSW) is a partnership of fourteen universities and colleges throughout Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, funded by the Office for Students (OfS). Plymouth College of Art has been a partner college in the Next Steps South West project since it’s launch in January 2017.

As the region’s National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), together NSSW helps young people navigate their personal journey to higher education (HE). Through impartial events and activities, NSSW inspires students aged 13-19 years old to fulfil their potential.

NSSW’s targeted outreach interventions build aspiration, awareness and access to HE, ensuring target students throughout the region can make an informed choice for their future.

For more information please visit
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