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Do you dream of starting a career in art, design or media? Are you interested in doing a creative Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree?

Would you like to start studying at Arts University Plymouth, but feel like you need a confidence boost, or want to try a few different (or new) creative techniques beforehand?

This free three-week course will help you get a head-start on building your creative skills, as well as giving you access to Arts University Plymouth’s industry-standard studios and workshops.

This course has been designed to support you commencing your undergraduate or postgraduate studies with Arts University Plymouth in either September 2023, or in January 2024 on one of our Distance Learning (January Start) degrees.

Honestly, I can't believe the course was only three weeks long. The connections we all made were genuine, positive and have created a new opportunity for me that I have been trying to achieve for the past 20 years without success!
Making Change student, March 2022

Making Change will introduce you to various artistic techniques, and you will develop a portfolio of work as you go. During the course you will make, discuss and experiment with materials and ideas, whilst preparing for entry onto one of our Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses. You will be supported in making an application, and you will improve your knowledge of the higher education sector.

Are you a mature student? Did you know that 31% of students at Arts University Plymouth are mature students? We pride ourselves on being a creative environment for all ages.

As well as support in completing your application, you'll be given advice and tips on how to prepare your portfolio, as well as comprehensive student finance advice. Previous graduates of our Making Change courses have gone on to study at degree level on subjects including Fashion, Textiles, Fine Art, Craft and Material Practices and Painting, Drawing & Printmaking.

You don’t need to have a portfolio prepared - you just have to bring your enthusiasm and meet the following criteria:

  • At the start of the course I am between the ages of 18 - 70,

  • I'm eligible to work in the UK (i.e. I have a National Insurance number),

  • I am interested in studying at Arts University Plymouth in September 2023 or January 2024,

  • I want to explore higher education opportunities at an undergraduate or postgraduate level,

  • I am eligible for at least two years of student funding or I am looking at self-funding a Higher Education course,*

  • I am able to attend all six sessions (see dates below).

*More information on whether you are eligible for financial support can be found at If you are unsure if you are eligible, we can discuss this with you once you have applied.

This course takes place on campus at Arts University Plymouth with sessions from 10am to 3:30pm, every Wednesday and Thursday from 19 July - 3 August 2023.

Week 1

Wed 19 July | 10am - 3.30pm
Thu 20 July | 10am - 3.30pm

Week 2

Wed 26 July | 10am - 3.30pm
Thu 27 July | 10am - 3.30pm

Week 3

Wed 2 Aug | 10am - 3.30pm
Thu 3 Aug | 10am - 3.30pm

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"I enjoyed how much it stimulated my "art brain" after neglecting it for so long! The course inspired me in ways I didn't think it would."
Previous Making Change student

To make an application, please click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page.

For further information or to request an alternative format, please email Becky Francis on

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Please note that places on this course are limited and subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria above.

Please note that submitting your application does not confirm your attendance, we will be in contact with you to discuss your application.

All courses are subject to participant numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved.

Arts University Plymouth reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient participant numbers are recruited.