I had an amazing time as always and I achieved so much especially the board of governors award. Everyone at the uni has helped and supported me throughout 3 years.
It had changed slightly
The facilities provided, tutorials, live briefs and the lecturers.
Very good and lots of events going on
It's been great. I've enjoyed myself at every step of the way. I've been supported by tutors whenever I've needed them and I've seen my art improve so much in the time I've been at uni
I love the variety in courses and the freedom to do what I want within the brief set
It's been so good that I don't want to leave! Feeling very prepared to begin my career and supported by the staff at from the Illustration Team. Wish I could go back and do it all over again!
Each course shapes our learning around our future careers. We're not just getting a piece of paper/certificate when we leave, we spend 3 years developing our practice as illustrators/artists and building the structures of our businesses. We have a careers team to help us gain placements and such, but every course will always have industry links in their department with trips/live briefs and networking opportunities built into our learning so we leave feeling extremely prepared for our careers to start as soon as we graduate.
Most I like the independence, that you get out as much as you put into this course, so if you have the drive and ambition to work hard you can achieve anything. Least, I can't think of anything that's negative!
Brand new Students Union social space and bar so the facilities are top notch! Also great representation of the student body with different reps for things like events/charities/marketing/LGBTQ representatives, also student reps from different courses form a student council to express the interests of every student.
Excellent, we have industry standard facilities on site which are accessible to all students to experiment and cross over into other courses.
Yes, closest halls is 30 seconds from the building, plenty of halls and private flats all over the city near town or whatever you need. Lots of options.
Students union run a great range of events and trips, like drink and draws, paddle boarding, quiz nights. Range of societies relating to our community interests eg. D&D society. So there's definitely something for everyone.
We have an academic studies team for support in writing, student support team which offers counselling and wellbeing support, as well as regular pastoral tutorials, 1 on 1 talks with tutors about individual projects, group critiques regularly, and feedback is prompt and communicated well to us.
Really inspiring and I can’t wait for my next Two year, I feel very supported and driven being at uni. I enjoy the project they set allows Me to really fee what a brief will look like in industry, I also live how they give constructive feedback that I can instantly improve on.
Pretty good they get us on placements to get us experience
The think I like the most is the way they have pushed us to experience and try new thing to implement into our work What I like that sometimes they do activities that a a bit childish
There really good and alway on the. Ball
Really good they have all the requirements for an art uni
Yes it’s only a 5 mins walk but still not too close to the main road
There not a lot of sport or society
Really good I can even book my own one on one for help on assignment
Fantastic, amazing technical facilities and a good arts community. There's a growing arts and culture scene in Plymouth with a range of events through out the year. Plymouth is close to a beautiful coastlines and the moor so has a good balance of being urban and natural area.
Lots of career support and professional development is built into course structure
Really high level of critical engagement Bit disorganised
Quite low budget, but they try hard and they care
Really approachable and helpful
Really good except for lack of societies this is a massive let down and I feel like I haven’t had the proper uni experience because of it, I feel that other people I know have had a better time because of societies and sports whereas we didn’t have that option
It has a careers department that does a good job at advising and being open for drop ins
I like that the course is always engaging and interesting. I like that we are pushed to a reasonable extent. I don’t like that that certain lectures don’t fit the job properly however continue to be kept on as a lecturer.
Yes, it’s good.good representation of all races, genders, sexualities etc. However campus isn’t easily accessible for disabled people despite being advertised as such
They're okay but could be better
Yes definitely, it’s in the centre of the city so perfect location
Absolutely awful. The college advertises that they have societies and use this as a marketing point however on joining we found out this was not true and they have no running / active societies.
Very good, I’ve found it to be very good. Lecturers always willing to help and make time for students and other services are good.
I’m currently in my third year with around 3-4 months left and throughout my years at the uni haven’t hated it once and I don’t regret it once.. it has changed my life for the better.
Plymouth College Art have been extremely helpful when I have asked about stuff, they have always come to us with good opportunities.
I believe there should be more taught lessons on jewellery making personally. The tutors and tech are the best in the Uk.
I think it’s well planned out and works really well for Plymouth College of Art. And they offer a lot options on dealing any problems you may have as a student.
I can’t fault them, it’s the reason I have moved over 300miles from Lincolnshire to study down south ( here ) leaving all my family and friends to better myself and become a better me. And this uni has completely helped and changed my-life for the better.
Plymouth College of Art is around 10-15 minutes walk to my house and is also a 5 minute walk to talk to town.
I personally haven’t had time because of coursework to look into societies at the university but I do know they other good ones because of friends telling me.
Personally because of dyslexia I have found it hard at times and I have been lost at time but the tutors have always been here for me and for helping me, I think the feedback and be a bit bad at times but once we have sat down and spoken about my feedback I’m more understanding and know that the feedback is true and fine.
Amazing, learning alot, lots of opportunities and inspiration around. Motivating environment and lots to do and get involved with. There's stuff going on you just have to get involved yourself and make the most of what's around you.
Only in my first year so there's not alot of pushing us into things like work placements however at this point they've gotten us to start thinking about what we will do on the future, designing to sell, there opportunities to sell our work in the university and job boards with competitions and opportunities on them.
I like the quick briefs that are much like real life and how we are encouraged to experiment and push ourselves. We get alot of independent study and tutorials with tutors often. I least like the crowed tables and how we are expected to be in the studio when working at home might be more beneficial.
Student union is good, they host many fun thing like quiz nights and drink abd draws, sometimes there's more interesting things going on aswell however you have to get yourself involved with it.
Very good, theres a huge range of facilities throughout different areas in the college. There's everything you need and workshops so you can be inducted in other areas of the college to use all the facilities available.
Yes amazing location, so close to everything you need, undercover shopping centres, train station and accommodation all with ten minute walks. However could do with a near by large cheap supermarket as we have small places like tesco metro but the only large supermarket is sainsburys which is expensive for students.
There are a few societies but I think the range and amount could be improved alot. The societies are a bit limited and seem to all fit into one category. Not really any sport, there is yoga but the classes have been disorganised and limited.
Very good tutors are often on hand and always ready to give advice, there office is often open for walk in's. There is a student support team who are very good, i went to them about changing to the course I'm now enjoying and they were extremely helpful and supportive in giving me all the advice, contacts and directions in getting me what I needed.
So far it is a good university with a diverse outlook on learning, bringing students to learn their passions and enhance their futre goals. As i do not live in any student accommodation by renting my own place the finance part has helped loads and makes for a healthier learning experience for my uni.
It brings a wide variety of employment with a job office that is easy to pop in and book an appointment with the careers team, all lovely staff also. PCA makes it easier to find the work you want to be apart of by working as a collective with other students and creating bonds with other professional photographers. Highly recommend the work placements.
I like the most - the way that workshops are run, very hands on so we are to jump right into the practice. Some teachers allow bookable sessions with them to talk about any worries with hand ins. What i like the least - the photography departments printing system is quite confusing with a rude member of staff who seems to not care about being at her station ever and leaves a que of students waiting for hours. I have stopped using the photography printing system as it is never on time and the print quality is often wrong or off, now that i have switched to using a professional printing service it is cheaper (by alot) and better quality.
Facilities couldnt be better, lots to choose from with a selection of hobbies and aspirations in career options - representation is terrible though, I have asked both student reps, teachers and even higher ups about bringing better quality learning by putting the audio/video of lecture on google classroom to look back at for reference but nobody seems to want to listen to their students. I have also brought up the emailing between student and teacher as it seems they only answer students emails every couple of days, which isn't good enough in terms of professionalism or in the learners best intrest.
My main department (being photography) is amazing in terms of equipment, there is lots of high end gear with a booking system that allows students to get what they need when they need!
Its a 15 min walk from my flat to PCA, couldn't be better for getting there on time.
There are a few things that look interesting but each time i attend a new one its very long and alot of speaker talks, nothing exiting to meet new people over unfortunately.
With tutors it is great lectures (without vid or audio) but late messaging back. The Personal counseling is taken very seriously if its mental health or another serious problem but other than that they cannot offer help and feedback on modules are relatively good with one on one sessions to discuss strengths and weaknesses.
Been alright, don't see where the £9250 goes each year! Facilities are good, although you have to pay for everything and your materials as well as the tuition fee each year!
Course is not an all rounded course, don't let you do what you want your art practice to be.
Getting better, but not as good as others
5-10 min walk
Not very good
Okay and okay