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Course summary

Plymouth College of Art has been granted full university status and formally recognised with the new title of Arts University Plymouth, following approval by the Privy Council. This makes us the City of Plymouth’s first specialist arts university. The title of Arts University Plymouth signifies a change to the way that the world will see us, our position within the sector and the mobility of our graduates; but not a change in the way that we see ourselves or what we do. Arts University Plymouth will build upon the existing strength of our unique culture and incredible community; we have no plans to change the specialist focus of the work we do together. The name Arts University Plymouth will appear on our qualifications, making it easier for employers and peers to recognise that our students were taught at a leading specialist arts university. In May 2022 we were awarded the Best Small or Specialist University at the 2022 WhatUni Student Choice Awards, coming top in a list of well-respected specialist UK universities, based on unbiased and honest reviews from students across the UK, in a category that highlights the quality of our provision as a specialist creative university. This programme explores contemporary art-making in its broadest sense, encouraging an ambitious, critically engaged approach, characterised by its focus on the development of individual practice-based study, within the supportive context of an independent specialist art college.

  • Gain an understanding of the creative sector and the potential for future employment within it.
  • Benefit from expert staff, national and international events, impressive industry links, and an inspiring programme of visiting artists and speakers.
This programme encourages diversity in thinking and making, based on the potential in both material and conceptual exploration, collaborative working and cross-fertilisation of ideas, while investing in the rich relationship between practice and theory. Study with us and you’ll expand your critical approach alongside developing skills in research and analysis. Our academically robust and intellectually stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. You will engage with a range of processes including 2D, 3D, 4D and hybrid practices, and workshops in drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, video, sound, printmaking and critical writing. You’ll learn to work to a brief, explore creative ideas singularly and with peers, and manage independent projects to conclusion. You will develop a professional understanding of the creative activity of external partners, including galleries and practising artists. You will be able to place your work within the wider context of contemporary fine art practice, preparing you for your career or further study. Alongside dedicated studio workspace, you can access bookable ‘project spaces’, Mac suites, drawing studios, workshops for fine art printmaking, ceramics, glass, wood and plastics, our Fab Lab and Equipment Resource Centre. The college’s public exhibition space, The Gallery, draws a range of international artists and shows; you will have opportunities to attend artists’ talks, workshops and screenings. You will also have opportunities to engage with organisations, galleries and museums including KARST, Ocean Studios, The Box, Spike Island, Tate galleries and Newlyn Art Gallery.


Our programme provides a dynamic and stimulating learning environment from which to test new models of practice, while investing in the rich relationship between practice and theory. We are committed to encouraging studio and post-studio practices, creating artwork that can inhabit a range of settings including galleries, artist-run spaces, and site-specific or event-based projects. You will be able to place your work within the wider context of contemporary fine art practice, helping to prepare you for your artistic career or continue your journey through postgraduate study.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Your application will tell us about your qualifications and previous experience, but studying the arts is about more than can be captured on forms. We need to find out about your creative potential, your abilities and idiosyncrasies, so we will invite you to talk about your work with a member of our HE academic team. You can tell us about your aspirations, and why you want to study at the university. It is also a good moment to find out what we can offer you. We encourage you to visit the university, so that you can see our facilities, meet our teaching and technical staff, and discuss any other queries you may have; however we appreciate this may not be possible, and are happy to talk to you via an online platform (such as Google Meet or similar). We accept a range of international qualifications and will look at each application individually.

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Additional entry requirements


We will ask you to upload a digital portfolio, and may also invite you for a discussion with one of our academic staff if needed, which will help us make a decision about your application.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS (Level B2):overall score of 6.0 with minimum scores Listening: 5.5, Speaking: 5.5, Reading: 5.5, Writing: 5.5
Trinity ISEPassIntegrated Skills in English II (Level B2), minimum grades required: Reading: Pass Listening: Pass
PTE Academic50PTE Academic (Level B2), minimum grade required: Listening: 50, Reading: 50, Writing: 50, Speaking: 50

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16500 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Fine Art at Arts University Plymouth - UCAS