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Welcome

We want you to have the opportunity to kickstart your creative journey with us as soon as you possibly can, which is why we give you early access to our online resources and community. In mid-August, we'll invite you to enrol as a student so that you can do this and start to discover more about us. We'll send this as an email to the account you used when you made your application; so make sure it's up-to-date! If you need to update any information, then please email admissions@pca.ac.uk.

We have recently sent all Plymouth College of Art offer holders a letter detailing our plans for the Autumn, including timetable information. You can find a copy of these letters below.

It's time to get ready to start your creative studies with us this Autumn! The first step is to activate your online account, so please follow the instructions below. We'll be sending a link to your online enrolment there (it's essential that you complete this before your first day so that your student ID card is ready for you), and our staff will start to use it to contact you, so check back regularly for updates.

To order to activate your online account, you need to log in as follows:

  • Open an incognito window/private window in your browser and then go to webmail.pca.ac.uk

  • Enter your username - First initial of first name | first initial of surname | student reference number

  • Enter your password (if you are a returning student with us, use your existing password) - first initial of first name | first initial of surname | full stop | date of birth

e.g. if your name is Alex Smith, your date of birth is 01/01/2001, and your student reference number is 12345678; your user name would be AS12345678 and your password would be AS.01012001

Note: If you are not able to log-in immediately, please try again the next day as our systems update overnight. If you are then still unable to do it, please contact our Enquiry Team on 01752 203 434 or email enquiries@pca.ac.uk.

The Undergraduate induction week begins on Monday 20th September and the Postgraduate induction week begins on Monday 27th September. You can find detailed information about your induction week timetable here.

At Plymouth College of Art, we use a host of technologies to support your learning and creative development. While you are with us, you will have access to a collection of Google productivity, collaboration and sharing tools collectively known as “G Suite”, but commonly referred to as “Google Apps”.

Below you will find descriptions of commonly used apps in the Google Suite. We recommend viewing the videos and reading the guides prior to your arrival as you will be using some of the programmes in your first few days with us.

Google Classroom - Classroom is our online learning environment where you will be able to access your teaching material such as module briefs, course information and updates from your lecturers. It also has a built-in chat forum so that you can communicate with your peers and tutors. Download the Google Classrooms app on Google Play or the App Store.

Google Meet - Google Meet is used for video conferencing. You can have quick meetings on a 1 to 1 basis with your peers/tutors or attend a group video call, allowing for open discussions and debate.

Google Calendar - A fully integrated Calendar to keep track of your tutorials, lectures and 1 to 1 sessions. Get notifications and reminders of events - ensuring you don't miss a thing.

Gmail - Gmail is our email system. Access your emails anywhere on your computer or mobile device.

Google Drive - Google Drive is a cloud-based storage system that allows you to work, access and share your documents online... anywhere, anytime.

Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets - These are the basic programmes to support you with your studies and operate in a similar way to that of their Microsoft equivalent e.g. Word, Powerpoint and Excel.

If you need any further help and support with any of these apps then please contact our Learning Technologist, Adam Levi via email at alevi@pca.ac.uk.