Plymouth College of Art
Painting Drawing and Printmaking BA (Hons)
Plymouth College of Art

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 15 graduates of Painting Drawing and Printmaking BA (Hons) at Plymouth College of Art for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
94 /100
15 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Art

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £18000 £16500 £19000
25-75 percentile range £11000 - £25500 £8000 - £19500 £10500 - £24000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Art

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £18000 £16221 £19536
25-75 percentile range £15000 - £22000 £11190 - £21313 £13583 - £25698

Course Description

By offering specialist technical and critical study in painting, drawing and printmaking, this programme is exceptional in the UK and aimed at students who are excited by the prospect of a rigorous materials-based and process-driven education in art practice. Studying materials and techniques, you’ll also develop and contextualise your own professional practice.

  • Develop essential techniques in oil painting, water-based painting, drawing and fine print.

  • Experience freedom to pursue your creative voice and work in a group of like-minded students.

  • Work in your own creative space in our purpose-built studios.

  • Develop your professional practice through opportunities such as residencies, live briefs or international exchange; or find out about teaching drawing and painting in our own Creative School for 4-to-16-year-olds.

  • Exhibit and curate, with frequent shows throughout the programme and encouragement to develop your own gallery opportunities and connections.

Based in 5,500 square feet of open-plan studios with double-height ceilings and north light windows, you will be encouraged to develop an ambitious working practice across all three disciplines. Your progress throughout the three years is driven by a comprehensive series of technical workshops.

You’ll also gain a thorough, critical understanding of the key theories in contemporary art, and will have opportunities to take part in live exhibitions and projects. You will develop an ambitious working practice based on an investigation of the material and technical possibilities of your creative work, with drawing at the centre of all you do and make.

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. Our programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.

Our printmaking studios offer relief and intaglio processes, and our digital Fab Lab houses the latest laser cutting and 3D printing technologies, giving your ideas scope for diverse outcomes.

The programme has a strong network of industry contacts, such as Winsor & Newton, Artmill Gallery, who host yearly exhibitions with our students, and Q-Art, which collaborates with students for its renowned Crit Club, most recently at Tate Modern.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Painting Drawing and Printmaking BA (Hons) at Plymouth College of Art

20% Sales occupations
20% Artistic, literary and media occupations
15% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
5% Nursing Professionals
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Caring personal services
5% Design occupations
5% Elementary occupations

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Although many of our students do come in with top grades and high UCAS points, these aren’t necessarily essential for entry. We typically ask for a minimum of 112 UCAS points, but we understand that talented artists, designers and makers can have a wide range of relevant strengths and skills beyond formal qualifications. We’re just as interested in exploring your portfolio and discussing your creative experiences as we are in seeing your grades.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

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 college. It is also a good moment to find out what we can offer you. We encourage you to visit the college, 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.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 IELTS (Level B2):overall score of 6.0 with minimum scores Listening: 5.5, Speaking: 5.5, Reading: 5.5, Writing: 5.5
Trinity ISE Integrated Skills in English II (Level B2), minimum grades required: Reading: Pass Listening: Pass
PTE Academic 50 PTE Academic (Level B2), minimum grade required: Listening: 50, Reading: 50, Writing: 50, Speaking: 50

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Painting Drawing and Printmaking, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Painting Drawing and Printmaking BA (Hons)

EU £15500 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
International £15500 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

About Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth College of Art is a specialised school of art and design, located in the English city of Plymouth. Their campus can be found in the city centre, divided over four separate buildings. Each building provides the modern facilities that are used for subjects such as Fine Art, Filmmaking, Animation, among many others.

Student composition of Plymouth College of Art

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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Where is this programme taught

Tavistock Place
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