PCA Summer School

Arts and English Language International Summer School

Do you want to practice your English language skills in a creative and close-knit community? At our Arts and English Language International Summer School you’ll gain the essential English skills you need by engaging with contemporary topics, in an independent art school environment.

You’ll also get the chance to experiment in our studios through a range of design and making workshops, meet other students at social events, and explore Devon and Cornwall on local trips. Plus your stay will end with a two day visit to London, taking in some of the city’s iconic attractions.

Please note: Minimum age of students is 18 years old.


Before you start your studies you’ll get a detailed initial assessment and needs analysis, to ensure you make the most of your time with us and learn at a level that’s right for you. Once you’ve completed this, you’ll get an individual study plan that you can discuss during one-to-one tutorials with your tutor.

When you arrive in Plymouth for your studies, as part of your induction you’ll also:

  • Meet and greet key members of staff on your first day.
  • Discover Plymouth through a city tour.
  • Make friends with other students through organised social events.
  • Find out important information about life in the UK, in our comprehensive welcome packs – including a map of the city.

Daily structure

Your classes will be made up of a minimum of 4 students (average 4-8) who’ll be learning at a similar level, and you’ll have 3 hours of English language lessons from 9.30am-1.00pm, Monday to Friday, with a break between 11.00-11.30am to socialize with other students.

In the afternoons you’ll focus on self-directed art, design or media project work, exploring topics such as ‘People and Places’, ‘Culture and History’ or ‘The Essence of Plymouth’. Supervised by our skilled staff, these project focused sessions will be tailored to each group’s learning needs. Evenings and weekends will be a blur of social activities, events and trips – but you’ll also get free time to relax and explore Devon with your friends and host family.

In your English language lessons you’ll learn grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, as well as the the four key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. From discussions and role play, to watching films and listening to music – you’ll be actively participating in a wide range of activities to help improve your accuracy and fluency.

Normal class times are:
Mornings: 9.30-12.30 with a 15-minute break.
Afternoons: 1.30-4.30 with a 15-minute break.
Total weekly teaching hours: Either 5 hours 30 minutes (2 days) or 8 hours 15 minutes (3 days).

Through one-to-one tutorials with your personal tutor, you’ll get the opportunity to discuss your personal needs, the progress you’re making and any areas for development – an approach that ensures you’re always supported during your time with us.

You’ll also get access to exclusive Virtual Learning Environments, where you can access online resources and activities, and communicate with other students outside of your teaching sessions.


The total cost for the Arts and English Language International Summer School is £2500 per person for three weeks (excluding flights and personal expenses). This is for a minimum of eight people and one group leader can come for free with 10 students.

For more information on what this cost covers and your weekly timetables, take a look at our information pack:

To register your interest for our Arts and English Language Summer School, please contact us on:

Open Doors International Language School

Email: jhardal@odils.com

Telephone: +44 (0) 1752 258770 or 258771

Plymouth College of Art

Email: international@pca.ac.uk or ifarren@pca.ac.uk

website www.plymouthart.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 1752 203 434 Ext: 239

If Chinese is your preferred language you can contact our colleague Hong Liang on h_liang16@hotmail.com.

You must apply for your visa in good time before you plan to visit. The maximum waiting time for a visa is 30 days – this will give us, Open Doors and your accommodation provider a two month notice.

For our Arts and English Language International Summer School, Plymouth College of Art is working in collaboration with the highly respected Open Doors International Language School (ODILS), a British Council and OFSTED accredited education institution.

Got Questions? Call Us: 01752258770

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