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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.
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.
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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 August||8:00am - 8:00pm|
|Friday 18 August||8:30am - 4:30pm|
|Saturday 19 August||9:00am - 2:00pm|
|Sunday 20 August||10:00am - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you find the perfect accommodation for you.
Have your UCAS Clearing number (if you have one) and results (or your predicted results) ready.
Think about which courses you’re interested in.
Keep a pen and paper ready to note down any information, the course code, your time slot for a meeting with one of our academics and any questions you might have.
Call our Clearing hotline to speak to an advisor +44 (0)1752 203402 or message us on WhatsApp 07722 744184. Alternatively, you can fill out our pre-registration form and our friendly team will be in touch.
When we get in touch, we’ll ask you what results or grades you currently hold and if you have a portfolio of work ready to show at interview.
We’ll discuss your options and arrange for you to have an interview with one of our lecturers - this is a great opportunity to tell us about your creative ambitions and show us some of your work.
We’ll talk you through any further steps you need to take in order to complete an application.
For more advice on portfolios this year, please take a look at our guide.
Please do not worry if you feel your portfolio is not full enough yet, we would love to talk to you further about your ideas and ambitions, as well as your skills and experience. We also welcome applications from candidates without formal qualifications who can provide evidence of their creativity.
If you receive an offer, log in to your account at track.ucas.com and click “Add Clearing Choice” to confirm.
We also recommend starting the application process for student finance as soon as possible to ensure your funding is in place for the new academic year.
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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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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.
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