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Welcome

Distance Learning


You'll be joining a vibrant, supportive and friendly student community at Arts University Plymouth, and we’re proud to be located in a city that plays host to a wealth of creative, inventive independent businesses and forward-thinking cultural organisations.

“I chose to study illustration at Arts University Plymouth because the lecturers really encourage everyone’s own individual styles. I was drawn to the friendly and relaxed atmosphere, which really stood out from the other universities that I visited. This is a great environment to work surrounded by like-minded creatives from other disciplines.” - Heléna Doré, BA (Hons) Illustration graduate

Described by GQ as “the coolest little city by the sea”, Plymouth offers a balance of some of the UK’s most stunning natural spaces alongside the convenience of city life, with a community ready to welcome new creative ideas and share new experiences with.

Your time at university is so much more than learning new skills and laying the groundwork for your creative career; it’s a chance to meet new people, expand your horizons, and create unforgettable moments.

One of the benefits of our Distance Learning courses is that you will have already met online with many people from all around the world - now’s your chance to meet them in person!

To get you ready for joining us in September, we recommend you check out all the information about starting with us below.

Please note the university will be closed on Monday 19 September due to the State Funeral of HRH Queen Elizabeth.

Welcome to the creative community at Arts University Plymouth. We are delighted you have chosen to study with us and look forward to working with you.

There are lots of ways you can stay in touch with your creativity over the summer - why not have a look at our launchpad for creative inspiration below. (Password: AUP)

If you are out and about over the summer, making creative work, taking photographs, or visiting exhibitions and events, we would love to see what you have been up to. You can share your work and ideas on social media with us using the hashtag #KeepCreating and by tagging us @artsuniplym

Don’t worry! You won’t be assessed on any of this as part of your degree, we just wanted to start sharing some inspirational resources with you as you start your journey with us.

Please note, the password for the below padlet is AUP, and this works best viewed on desktop browsers.

Click here to see the AUP Launchpad

Find out about life at our independent arts university from the people who know us best — our real students. From finding the best cafes in Plymouth to course content and employability, our approachable student ambassadors are available to answer your questions on live chat.