Applications will be considered on an individual basis and are welcomed from individuals with non-standard qualifications, patterns of prior study and experience or from a variety of backgrounds. All applicants are required to undertake an interview and portfolio review forassessment of key skills and level of ability and enthusiasm for the programme they are applying for. In the case of Degree and Foundation Degree programmes, though no formal qualifications are required, applicants will need to demonstrate work at least of Level 3 equivalent. Insome cases the selection process may include the submission of supplementary work in addition to the information provided on the application form and requested as part of the portfolio review.
Applicants will be evaluated against the following criteria:
● The ability to demonstrate a range of fine art experience including an awareness of the cultural, historical and professional contexts of fine art and key artistic skills through an interview and portfolio review.
● Satisfactory academic reference.
● Personal statement
● Academic attainment at a pre degree foundation course, within general education at GCSE & Level 3 or alternative or additional experience within art and design or appropriate subject areas.
Intake is only in term one (September). Entry is normally at Level 4, but is possible at subsequent levels subject to appropriate qualifications and experience. For direct entry to Level 5 or 6 the applicant’s prior experience will be taken into account at interview. Where students haveprior higher education or equivalent work experience, it may be possible for this to be taken into account, to enable advanced entry to their chosen programme. For example, if a student has a Foundation Degree/HND in an appropriate subject and are aiming to achieve an honoursdegree, they may be considered for exemption from Level 4 and/or Level 5 studies (the equivalent of the first and second year of a full-time degree). Students may also be awarded credit for relevant prior learning such as previous courses studied (APCL) or industrial, professional orother experience (APEL).
English Language Requirements : All applicants are required to demonstrate an appropriate level of English language competence to gain entry to the Art Academy. This can be through previous study in English (evidencing an approved English language qualification at Level 2), butThe Academy may require specific performance in written English tests at interview. Appropriate level of spoken English is also assessed at interview.
The Art Academy does not sponsor international students through the Tier 4 visa system and therefore cannot accept international students unless they are able to prove right of residency in the UK.
Full details in regards to admissions are found in the Admissions Policy.
On receiving an application, we will offer successful candidates an interview. If possible please bring to the interview a portfolio containing the following:
-10 to 15 pieces of original finished work, which show your technical ability in a range of media. Please bring photographs of 3d installation work or if some of your work is digital bring this on a device to show it.
-1or 2 sketch books showing your own areas of interest, individual thought process or development process of finished work.
-1 example of writing, critical study work or exploration of other artists, that you have done
If you do not have all of the above, please do not worry, just contact the office and we can speak to you about alternatives.