Plymouth College of Art

A specialist art college offering short courses, pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The BA (Hons) and Masters awards are validated by the Open University. The college is accredited to deliver qualifications from University of the Arts London and Trinity College London.

UCAS Code: P65

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 94%
  • Postgraduate 6%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 93%
  • Part Time 7%

Where students come from

  • UK 98%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 1%

Student gender

  • Male 31%
  • Female 69%

Undergraduate Open Days

Student Services and Facilities

Careers advice

  • Master classes and careers advice before and after graduation. Help with making career decisions, jobs and employer information, checking CVs and job applications, help and support on further study, information on working or studying abroad, support in finding and accessing online career and job resources.
  • The Job Wall provides up-to-date opportunities advertising work and commissions to students across all programmes.
  • I’m a creative: What next? is the annual week of conferences and seminars – giving students the opportunity to meet, engage with and learn from real world practitioners and professionals.
  • Students of the college who graduated within the last three years can continue to access the services of the careers team.

Disability support

  • Additional support for learning difficulties and disabilities is available on request at advisory and formal interviews. If students have specific access and or mobility requirements they should inform the college as early as possible.
  • Support is usually delivered by an in-house team of support staff, including specialist study skills tutors, mentors, enablers/note takers and BSL interpreters.
  • All students in HE are given the opportunity to complete an initial dyslexia screening at the beginning of their programme.
  • There is a network of accessible routes around the campus. The majority of buildings, including all key academic and support service providers are accessible to wheelchair users.  If there is any teaching space that is not accessible, flexible timetabling is used to ensure that lectures and classes are held in alternative accessible venues.
  • The college does not provide support with daily living tasks, outside of learning support.
  • For information on support available, DSAs or Dyslexia assessment, please contact the Disability and Learning Support Team on +441752 203434, extension 215 or 220; or learningdisability@pca.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • The Student Union has a number of clubs and societies for student, including cycling, design, extreme sports, film, meditation, photography, surfing and sports.
  • NUS cards are available.


  • The original Plymouth School of Art was opened on 21 January 1856.
  • The current premises, designed by the then City Architect H. J. W. Stirling, was officially opened on 29 March 1974 and has been continually extended, refurbished and developed since then.


Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AT