Register for Clearing 2023

or call our Clearing team on 01752 203402

Clearing is open - apply now to join us in October 2023. Explore our Undergraduate courses and apply today.

From fashion, film and fine art to graphic design, illustration, and animation — the world needs creatives now more than ever.

Are you interested in finding out more about which of our courses you can apply for through Clearing? Complete our speedy Clearing form below, and our team will aim to contact you by the next working day.

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Clearing is the process universities and colleges follow to match vacant spaces on their study programmes to people seeking a place.

From July to October, you can apply for one of our courses using Clearing if you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has vacant places.

Clearing for 2023 opened on Wednesday 5 July 2023.

"I originally accepted a place at Brighton for BA Illustration, but after visiting the AUP campus I was blown away by the facilities and the sense of community and collaboration. I declined my Brighton place following a conversation with a lecturer about the clearing process, and arranged an interview after which time I received and accepted an offer at Arts University Plymouth. The process was simple, friendly and extremely positive; I believe this was the absolute best decision I could have made."
Ruby, BA (Hons) Illustration

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Clearing presents an opportunity for applicants who have missed their offer conditions, declined all offers or had a last-minute change of heart about the university or course they want to study. Clearing is open to many people, including students receiving results this summer, late applicants, and mature learners.

You are eligible to apply through Clearing if:

  • you’re applying after 30 June (If UCAS received your application after this date, they will not have sent it to any universities and colleges)
  • you didn’t receive any offers (or you’ve chosen not to accept any by the due date)
  • you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers (e.g you have not met a grade)
  • you've paid the multiple-choice application fee of £26
  • you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in UCAS Track

If you are yet to make an application, apply online now via UCAS Apply. Don't forget you'll need a reference as well as your personal statement. UCAS applications received after the 30 June deadline, or students who miss their grade target, will be automatically entered into Clearing. Those who haven't yet applied to any universities can also apply through Clearing once they have their results. However, you'll need to have completed a UCAS application to use Clearing.

If you are already holding a university place but would like to apply to a course at Arts University Plymouth instead, you can now self-release into Clearing rather than wait for your original choice of university to release you. Self-release is available in UCAS Track from early July.

Our Clearing hotline is usually open from Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5pm, apart from the week when results come out, when we will be operating extended times (see below).

You can call our friendly Clearing team on +44 (0)1752 203402.

Thursday 17 August8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday 18 August8:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday 19 August9:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday 20 August10:00am - 2:00pm

There are still accommodation options available in Plymouth if you are still looking. Use Student Accommodation UK Search to start looking for student housing in Plymouth or get in contact with us at and we can help you find the perfect accommodation for you.

Check out our Portfolio Tips in this video, with some extra tips regarding interviews and informal discussions that you may have when you apply for a creative course.

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Applications for courses beginning in September 2023 are now open. Take a look at our range of undergraduate degrees below.

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If you have any questions about your application or about starting a little later with us, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly Admissions team.

You can also start a live chat with our current students below and find out why they chose to study at Arts University Plymouth. Ask questions about course content, industry experience, student life, finding accommodation, the local area and their top tips for settling into your first year of studies.

25 January 2023

Deadline for applications for 2023 study to be received.

23 February 2023

UCAS Extra opens

Start of June 2023

Pre-Registration for Clearing at Arts University Plymouth opens

5 July 2023

UCAS officially open Clearing