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Distance Learning

Start your studies online in January 2025

Discover Distance Learning with a difference and join a truly global community of creative learners. Our January-start degrees will kickstart your future in the creative industries, allowing you to study your first year online at home, in the studio or at an international host institution.

<p>Our newly-launched January-start degrees allow you to begin your studies in the Spring term from wherever you are based - whether that be Asia, America, Europe or the UK. </p> <p>January-start degrees are now open for applications for January 2025. Whether you’re a local applicant rethinking plans to leave the South West for your degree, a mature learner returning to education from the workplace or an international student rethinking plans to travel overseas or looking to save costs — our flexible distance learning provision will ensure you achieve your ambitions without disruption. <br /></p> <p>Want to find out more? <a href="https://forms.student-crm.com/Forms/view/812533b5-fcaf-4f73-ae30-84de1b33ed16" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>Register your interest here</strong></a> and we'll be in touch to let you know how you can make a formal application. We'll also arrange a meeting with one of our expert academic staff members for a portfolio review and discussion about the course.</p>
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<p>As a student in our January-start cohorts, you will complete your first year of studies remotely by the July of that year, allowing you to take a short summer break before continuing straight on to the second year of your chosen degree at our city-centre Plymouth campus, in September in that year.</p> <p>January-start degrees are now open for applications for January 2025:<br /></p><ul><li><a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/ba-hons-commercial-photography-jan"><strong>BA (Hons) Commercial Photography</strong></a></li><li><a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/ba-hons-fashion-jan"><strong>BA (Hons) Fashion Design</strong></a></li><li><a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/ba-hons-fashion-media-marketing-jan"><strong>BA (Hons) Fashion Media &amp; Marketing</strong></a></li><li><a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/ba-hons-graphic-design-jan"><strong>BA (Hons) Graphic Design</strong></a></li><li><a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/ba-hons-illustration-jan"><strong>BA (Hons) Illustration</strong></a></li><li><a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/ba-hons-interiors-jan"><strong>BA (Hons) Interior Design &amp; Styling</strong></a></li></ul>
<p>Our distance-learning programme invites a diverse community of learners from the UK and further afield, to study together in real-time through our online connected-campus. Together we are redefining the art school experience for a digital landscape, future-proofing students for success in a rapidly-changing society and workplace. </p> <p>At Arts University Plymouth our subject leaders and technicians know every student by name and can offer a personalised learning experience that works efficiently both on-campus and online. In fact, many students have reported that they feel like they’re receiving “a more personalised learning experience than ever before”.<br /></p>
<p>The first year of each BA (Hons) January-start degree consists of four online modules, delivered to the same quality as the university's on-campus degrees. Students can expect tailored support from a team of expert academics and technicians, helping you make full use of the virtual learning environment to collaborate, communicate and co-create with peers. </p> <p>The modules in your second and third year of study will be unique to your course specialism. To view a full list of modules and course highlights please view the relevant <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/courses/group/january-starts-and-distance-learning">course page</a>.</p>
<p>Distance Learning does not mean you’ll be studying alone - in fact, we offer the opposite. You will be working with students from around the world, fostering new friendships and networks and developing your practice informed by a transcultural education. </p> <p>The learning commitment breaks down into approximately <strong>twelve hours per week of face-to-face online</strong> <strong>teaching</strong> that you’ll be expected to attend by video call.<strong> Alongside teaching hours, </strong>you will also engage in negotiated group work, personal practice, academic study and extracurricular activities, all supported by a team of highly-experienced practitioners.</p> <p>Please note that the nature of this course's remote <strong>first year only allows for full-time study</strong>, however, if you are classed as a home student (i.e based in the UK), in your second and third year you may opt to study the rest of your degree part-time as per our other undergraduate students.<br /></p>

Watch this short video where Jason Hirons, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, explains how our Distance Learning courses work.

<p>Our January-start degrees will begin in the Spring Term of each academic year. Please visit our <strong><a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/study/distance-learning/key-dates">Key Dates</a></strong>* page to see the timetable. </p> <p>Dates for the 2025 intake will be confirmed in February 2024.<br /></p>
<p>*Please note dates are correct at time of publication and may change. Applicants will be notified by email of confirmed timetable and key dates.</p>
<p>You’ll gain access to all of our UK campus-based services including our Student Support, Careers, Library, Academic Skills and Digital Education team, ensuring you can gain personalised advice on welfare, finances, English language support, time management, IT and access to digital <strong><a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/resources">resources </a></strong>(including an online database of e-journals, research papers, films and more).</p> <p>Our Students’ Union will also support your smooth transition online, connecting you with like-minded creatives and enriching your studies with opportunities to socialise. <br /></p> <p>If you are an international student in Shanghai, you can also access available facilities at our partner institution Artslink. <br /></p>
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<p>It’s no secret that the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and the continuing rise of automation caused career disruption across the UK and further afield, forcing many to rethink their role and skillset. The importance of creative thinking and innovation has never been so apparent, and our distance-learning degrees will allow you to retrain and reskill for a rewarding career in the competitive creative industries. <br /></p>
"There are a huge range of roles in the creative industries and collectively they are the jobs of the future: more resistant to automation, highly-skilled and highly rewarding."
Creative Industries Sector Vision: A joint plan to drive growth, build talent and develop skills, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (June 2023)
<p>Through close consultation with real-world professionals, academics and alumni, we ensure that all of our undergraduate courses are built with employability skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking, at the heart of the curriculum. As an Arts University Plymouth student, you can be confident that your learning experience is aligned with an ever-evolving job market, as you gain highly transferable skills for careers in art, design, digital media and many other sectors. </p> <p>Our Careers team are also available to enrich your studies with commercial briefs, work placements and mentoring opportunities, alongside online Q&amp;As, recorded lectures, and roundtable discussions from industry pros. From writing and making the most of your CV to gaining feedback on your portfolio, our expert staff and an enviable network of brands, agencies and freelance professionals will help future-proof you for success in the creative industries, both locally and internationally.</p>

<p>To make an application to study a January-start degree please visit the <strong><a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/courses/group/january-starts-and-distance-learning">course page</a></strong> or our <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/how-to-apply"><strong>Undergraduate How to Apply</strong></a> pages, where you will be redirected to UCAS.<br /></p>
<p>If you would like to speak to a member of our Student Recruitment team you can also get in touch using the following details:</p><ul><li><strong>Email: </strong><a href="mailto:hello@aup.ac.uk">hello@aup.ac.uk</a></li><li><strong>Call:</strong> <a href="tel:+441752203434" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">+44 (0)1752 203434</a></li><li><strong>Whatsapp: </strong><a href="https://wa.me/+447722744184" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">07722 744184</a></li></ul>

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<p>For more information or to book an informal one-to-one conversation with a Subject Leader, please complete the 'Register your Interest' form below.<br /></p>
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