Plymouth College of Art

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Why Study Here


Plymouth College of Art is an independent specialist art college since 1856, providing a distinctive, innovative and supportive learning community in contemporary arts practice.

While many art colleges are phasing out traditional crafts such as print or analogue photography to focus more on digital methods, we have some of the best digital courses and equipment in the country, we’re also constantly developing and improving our traditional art courses.

Based in Britain’s Ocean City, the college has links to industry across Europe, whilst being nestled between picturesque Dartmoor and the iconic coastline.

Home to an intimate community of more than 1,250 undergraduate students across a range of creative degrees, our specialist facilities include glassblowing and ceramic studios, alongside industry standard media studios and printing rooms.



There’s something special about the way that music, art and film blend in Plymouth. Contemporary arts venues like KARST and Studio 102 house innovative contemporary art exhibitions and residencies, while DIY spaces like The

Junction are passionate promoters of both unsigned bands and local makers – hosting live music and record launches, alongside illustration and zine fairs.


Halls of residence

When you choose Plymouth College of Art you also get the opportunity to choose from a variety of dedicated Halls and Houses. All of our rooms are designed to suit your taste and budget with no deposit, no bills and no additional fees. Our properties are ideally located around the campus and surrounding area, so you’ll only ever have a short walk to get to college – great if you have an early start.



Unspoilt coastline and countryside. Or top clubs, arts venues and historic sites. Whatever you’re into, there’s something close to Plymouth College of Art for you to enjoy.

Situated in the city centre our campus is surrounded by cafes and shops, but just a 10 minute walk to the historic Barbican, Plymouth Hoe or a number of green spaces. You’re only a few miles to the nearest beach too, perfect for the sunniest days.


Clubs and societies

PCA:SU has a number of clubs and societies for students and also aims to involve as many students as possible within these clubs and societies. We have 16 societies and clubs that you can join they are: Netball Club, Debating Club, Film Club, Christian Society, LGBT Society, Marvel Club, Art and Feminism, Drama Club, Creative Cluster, Football Club, Games Club, Hula Hooping, Cosplay, Swimming Club, Sailing Club and GEMS Society.

freshers' week

Freshers week is a great opportunity to meet other creatives, with activities such as surfing at the local beaches, tie dye sessions and guided tours around the city.

  • Total Students
  • Male / Female Students
    59% Female 41% Male
  • International Students
    2% International 98% UK

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Plymouth College of Art
Plymouth College of Art
United Kingdom