Fees, Finance and Funding
Investing in your education is a wise decision and it's important to understand the student finance support available. From tuition fees to maintenance loans and bursaries to cash scholarships — we're here to help you plan your finances.
For new students joining us in the academic cycle 2024/25, fees for our BA (Hons) and Extended BA (Hons) degrees for UK students are £9,250 per year. The fees for part-time undergraduate programmes are half those shown per year.
For EU and International students joining the university in 2024/25, fees for our BA (Hons) degrees are £16,500 per year. Scholarships of up to £2,000 per year may be available for international students, subject to eligibility and availability.
Please note, if you are joining one of our January 2024-start degrees beginning in the Spring term, you will pay the tuition fees advertised for the academic cycle 2023/24. For new UK students, this will be £9,250 per year. Due to this study route's accelerated first-year, Jan-start degrees are only available as a full-time programme. For more information on how our January-start degrees work and which courses are available, please click here.
Fees outlined are correct at time of publishing and provide an indication of current costs. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer a range of awards and discounts to applicants who have previously studied at Arts University Plymouth:
- Pre-Degree Progression Award* — A £300 bursary which doesn't have to be paid back, given to any Arts University Plymouth pre-degree student who progresses onto undergraduate study at the university.
- Alumni Progression Award — 15% discount on MA or MFA fees for Undergraduate, Pre-Degree and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design graduates, who go on to postgraduate study with us.
- Short Course Progression Award — 10% discount on MA or MFA fees for anyone who has completed a Short Course with us. This excludes any free Short Courses, such as Making Change.
- Alumni Discount on Short Courses** — Up to 25% discount for UG, Pre-Degree and FAD graduates on our range of Short Courses. Please note, discounted Short Course places are limited. The discount of up to 25% off Short Course fees only applies to those who graduated from BA/MA/Pre-Degree and Foundation courses or programmes no more than 10 years ago. Contact email@example.com to see if there are any discounted places available on the course you would like to do before booking.
*Students must achieve 80% attendance or higher in their first and second semester to be awarded the £300 scholarship.
**Please note that Short Courses are not currently running.
£9,250 per year (including January 2024-start degrees)
£16,500 per year
If applying to a January 2024-start degrees, discounts and scholarships may apply
£9,250 per year
£16,500 per year
Undergraduate loan applications for 2024 to 2025 will open through Student Finance England in Spring 2024.
Eligible full-time and part-time UK students can apply for Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. Tuition fees are paid directly to the university whereas maintenance loans are paid into the student’s bank account at the start of each term to support living expenses. Students from outside of the UK may be able to get help with tuition fees and living costs depending on their nationality and residency status (see section below).
Full-time students may be eligible for additional financial support which does not have to be paid back such as:
Parents’ Learning Allowance
Adult Dependants’ Grants
Students with a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia) can also apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance which does not need to be paid back.
The repayment plan for student loans depends on when you started your course and what type of course you studied.
For more information and full eligibility criteria, visit the Student Finance England website or call their helpline on 0300 100 0607.
Please note that students are not eligible for maintenance loans during their first year when under our distance learning programme.
For UK based students considering applying for this course, there are some important student finance implications to note.
Student Finance England will consider applications for tuition fee loans only for the first year of study (distance learning courses are not eligible for maintenance loans). For years 2 and 3 of the course, students will be able to apply for both a tuition fee and maintenance loan, however payments will be made on a January to December basis, meaning that there will be a delay in receipt of the maintenance payments.
Please consider these implications carefully before making your decision on accepting a place on one of our January Start degrees. If you have any specific questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional costs throughout your degree will vary depending on the course you are doing, the materials you use, or the visits you go on. Below we have put together some typical costs for a three-year undergraduate degree.
- Materials & equipment
Materials and equipment needs vary between courses - for example, painting/drawing/sculpture materials (Art), fabrics and dyes (Fashion & Textiles), external hard drive (Media). The indicative cost range per year is £50-200 for Year 1, £50-300 for Year 2, £50-400 for Year 3. A typical student cost is estimated at £150 for Year 1, £200 for Year 2 and £300 for Year 3.
- Printing & Photocopying
Black & white - 2p A4, 3p A3.
Colour - 5p A4, 10p A3.
Not subsidised but provided at cost. The range of annual student spend is £1-£125, with an average spend per student of £11 per year.
- Educational visits
Educational visits are optional and are subsidised by Arts University Plymouth, and the range of costs per year are as follows: In general, the highest cost applies for the most expensive single overseas trip offered, and the lower part of the range represents costs for a number of different visits offered across each year of a programme and generally but not always within the UK. Cost range per year: £50-350 in Year 1, £50-400 in Year 2, £50-400 in Year 3. A typical student cost excluding subsistence is estimated at £100 in Year 1, £200 in Year 2 and £300 in Year 3.
We want to retain the best creative talent that we can in Plymouth and know that creative study at pre-degree level at Arts University Plymouth offers an excellent preparation to succeed at one of our undergraduate degrees.
That’s why we offer a one-off £300 cash scholarship to students who progress directly from one of our UAL Extended Diplomas or a UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design onto a three or four-year undergraduate degree starting in Autumn 2024 at Arts University Plymouth.
You must also achieve the minimum attendance requirement in your first and second semester to be awarded the £300 scholarship. There is no application process for this scholarship and it is not based on home household income. The scholarship will be paid automatically to all qualifying students in one instalment in your second semester of study, in early March 2024.
Students from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland may be entitled to loans for tuition fees from the Student Loans Company.
Students from the EU may also be entitled to help with living costs if you have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.
For existing students from the EU and those who submitted their application for student finance before 25 March 2016, the residency in the UK is only three years.
For more information for current and new EU students, visit the Student Finance England web page for EU nationals.
We also welcome applicants who are resident outside of the EU, however, you will need to cover the costs of your tuition fees and living expenses yourself as you will not be entitled to student finance.
For more information and guidance for International students, please see our International Students page.
If you're a care leaver entering higher education before your 25th birthday, you may be entitled to a non-taxable £2,000 bursary from your local authority.
To apply, you should contact your pathway planner at your local authority. You should ask about the bursary and also whether there is any additional support for care leavers from your local authority. If you're eligible, make sure you have this agreed in writing as soon as possible. We can help if you need support with this.
For more information about care leavers progressing to higher education take a look at The Complete University Guide and this flowchart from the National Care Leavers Association is useful to check whether you are eligible.
Arts University Plymouth has been accepted onto the OfS Register of English higher education providers. That means we meet the OfS conditions of registration for course quality, academic standards, student support, student protection and more. For more information visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk/the-register.
Additional support can be available for students with learning difficulties or disabilities, including mental health conditions. For further information, take a look at the Disabled Students’ Allowance web page. Contact our Student Support team for assistance.
There is also additional support available for students with children or dependent adults. Find out more about extra financial help on the Student Finance England website.