UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Here you will find all the information you need before you join us for your first day on Tuesday 2 September. This includes links to your Summer Project, our Late @ TATE event and your pre-enrolment information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with course team (you will find their contact details below) or the admissions team (admissions@pca.ac.uk) who will be able to help you further. 





I am pleased to say that our completing Foundation Diploma students have just received the results of their qualifications and 27% of Plymouth College of Art UAL Foundation Diploma students obtained a Distinction, which is equivalent to 112 UCAS points. 

These results reflect the hard work and innovative creative practice of the students, which was open to the public in the recent graduate show organised and curated by our students at The Warehouse. Alongside 3 public exhibitions, our students have completed work experience placements this academic year working with such partners as Plymouth Art Weekender, Karst Gallery and Plymouth Arts Centre.  These experiences will help propel them into the exciting world of the creative industries.

Your qualifications.

We need to see your results before your first day, so please attend our A Levels drop in day on Thursday 15 August or Friday 16 August between 10.00 am - 3.00 pm and bring in your results. If you cannot come in then please email admissions@pca.ac.uk with a scan or photocopy of your results and we will call you back.  If you do not get the results expected we will talk to you about your options.

Your first day is.

Your first taught day is Tuesday 3rd September and we start at Palace Studios for enrolment.

Your first week will be from Tuesday to Friday, finishing at 4.00pm each day.

Your timetable until October half term (18th) will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9.30am - 4.00pm, after which your timetable will be Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only. If you have to study additional qualifications, such as Maths, these sessions will be in addition to the above.

Studio Fee.

The Studio Fee for the Foundation Diploma is £100 for the year. This fee contributes to basic art materials for the studio and covers the cost of your inductions to the degree level studios at our Tavistock Place campus. This year it will also subsidise the cost of our trip to London in our first week, which you can find out more about on the enclosed information sheet for our Late @ Tate project. Please note that the studio fee does not cover materials for individual projects or the cost of cross course trips. The studio fee must be paid on your first day after enrolment via the information point at our Tavistock Place campus and can be paid via cash or debit/credit card.

Pre enrolment information.

You will shortly receive an email from the college asking you to complete some important pre-enrolment information.  We will be contacting you on the email you provided us at application, if this is not the correct email please contact us on admissions@pca.ac.uk quoting your name and the correct email. This must be done prior to you starting the course and will then enable you to complete the registration process.

Summer Project.

Below you will find a task sheet for your Summer Project. Please make sure you have this with you on your first day with us.


Each year we embark on a range of trips with our students. In 2019/20 we are planning trips to London, Rome, Tokyo & San Francisco!  Our trips are planned to give our students the best mix of museums, history, culture and experience. 

These are open to all students but are popular trips and there are limited places. Trip deposits will only be accepted once all trip permission forms are returned. Once we have received all forms, we will email all students on their college emails to notify them that trips are open. If you wish to secure a place you can by contacting the Info Point at 01752 203434 and paying a deposit which is non refundable if you change your mind or can't go.  Please find further information on the trips tab on our blog.

We can't wait to see you at the beginning of term when we will begin what will be a thrilling two year experience. Until then have an amazing summer and should you have any questions, please contact admissions@pca.ac.uk or call on 01752 203400.  


Late @TATE

This year, the Foundation Diploma of Art & Design at Plymouth College of Art has been invited to take part in the Late @ TATE event celebrating Social Justice. Centered around a talk given by Mike Leigh, the director of the film Peterloo, the event will celebrate and explore themes of social justice, the right to protest and the current need for transparency and truth. 

We have been invited to travel up to London as part of our induction week to work in TATE Britain developing a response to these themes of protest and political freedoms. The experience will include behind the scenes tours of the TATE space including archival rooms and the chance to work with curators and organisers. We will be making work with the public and staging mini protests throughout the night, as well as getting a chance to go and experience the event! 

This is a rare and fantastic opportunity to get involved with a large arts institution which will give you access to their own curatorial and arts practice community in the lead up to and after the event. You can find out more here.

You can find the information sheet about our Late @ TATE project here!



Every year we ask our incoming FAD students to undertake a small Summer project to get them thinking creatively. This year we’re challenging you to document your Summer experiences in a variety of ways including photography, drawing and found objects. During your first week with us, we’ll be experimenting and developing mixed media works from everything you find. Please make sure you have it with you on your first day!

You can find a copy of our summer project here! 




Foundation Course Leader, Curriculum Manager - Art
Maddy Blyth
email: mblyth@pca.ac.uk

Foundation Lecturer
Matt Skelly
email: mskelly@pca.ac.uk

Foundation Lecturer
Tim Sullivan
email: tsullivan@pca.ac.uk

Admissions team

Student Finance

For general enquires please contact the college on 01752 203434 or via our main website: www.plymouthart.ac.uk