We welcome all enthusiastic candidates to apply. If you are interested please give us a call on +44 (0)207407 6969 to discuss courses or to arrange a visit. We’re a small school in the middle of central London, you don’t need to wait for the next open day to come see us and we’re always happy to chat through the application process, our courses or give you a tour.
What to expect
Before you apply to the Art Academy you will want to understand what to expect from the application process and how best to prepare. Be assured that we assess you on your own individual merit and potential to succeed on your chosen course of study with us. It’s an individually tailored but consistent approach. All applicants are required to:
– Undertake an interview
– Have a portfolio review
– Submit written work for assessment of key skills and level of ability for the programme they are applying for.
In some 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.
Specific entry requirements are laid out in the relevant programme sections. All applicants are required to prove UK right of residency; 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. In the case of our Diplomas, although no formal qualifications are required applicants will need to demonstrate work at least of level 3 equivalent.
English Language Requirements: All applicants are required to demonstrate an appropriate level of English Language to gain entry to the Art Academy. This is assessed through evidencing an approved English Language qualification at level 2 or through the review of a requested sample of written (analytical) work at application. The appropriate level of spoken English is assessed at interview.
At the Art Academy we do appreciate that not all applicants come to us with standard qualifications and we consider a wide range of equivalent level qualifications and professional experience or self-directed learning. We try to take into consideration your unique set of qualifications, skills and experience. We are most interested in applicants who can demonstrate their skills, their enthusiasm and commitment to their subject. If you think you can do this, we encourage you to apply!
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After you have submitted your application form, with supplementary images, the Academic Course Coordinator will get in touch with you to arrange your interview. They will be your point of contact throughout the process and will provide you with all relevant information at every step. They will inform you in a more detail what you should bring to the interview in terms of portfolio and sketchbook and what to expect.
It is at your interview that you will undertake a portfolio review. The role of the interviewer is to make a judgment about whether the applicant has the potential to succeed on the programme applied for and to make a decision, which they consider to be in the best interests of the applicant. Whilst interviews are normally conducted with one member of staff present, no application will be rejected without their application being reviewed by another member of staff. An assessment is made taking into account the applicant’s overall potential to succeed i.e. performance at interview and the portfolio of work.
The Portfolio Review Guidance
As general guidance we like to see examples of finished pieces and the development of a project or series of pieces. You may be asked to bring your sketchbook or preliminary sketches and research. We are trying to understand your creative process, your motivations, ideas and areas of interest. We are also trying to access your level of artistic skill, and your potential.
After your interview you may be asked for supplementary material but you will usually be notified of the Art Academy’s decision within a couple of weeks. There are only 3 possible outcomes:
A conditional offer means that the Art Academy will offer an applicant a place providing certain conditions are met before registration on the programme. Each offer is specific to the applicant’s individual circumstances.
An unconditional offer means that an applicant has met the (academic and non-academic) entry requirements and has been accepted onto their chosen programme at the Art Academy.
Applicants will receive an unsuccessful response if the Art Academy has decided not to offer them a place on the programme. Applicants can be unsuccessful for many reasons and should be aware that many of the programmes at the Art Academy receive far more applications than number of places available.
Unsuccessful applicants, or those who do not take up their place, may reapply to the Art Academy in a subsequent year. Feedback will be given to any applicant who requests it. Admissions decisions based on academic judgement may not be challenged unless there is evidence of prejudice or bias against a candidate.
We will offer opportunities to incoming students to get to know the Art Academy between the time they accept their offer and when they enrol. You will be invited to come to our graduation show, to get a sense of the community and what you could achieve by studying with us. By accepting offers students agree to abide by the Art Academy’s Regulations.
Applicants with special educational needs
The Art Academy provides a welcoming environment for people with disabilities, specific learning difficulties and special educational needs.
Applicants are invited and encouraged to disclose any disabilities or special needs at the point of application so that the Art Academy can begin to plan any support it may need to provide at the earliest opportunity, including during the admissions process itself. Admissions decisions are always made on the basis of the candidate’s ability and/or potential to complete the course for which they are being considered.
Provided that the candidate is suitable for the programme applied for, the Art Academy will make reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. This may include special arrangements for the interview. The Academic Course Co-ordinator will provide all applicants who are offered a place with details of the support available for students with disabilities or special needs, so that they can make an informed decision as to whether the Art Academy is able to provide an appropriate environment for their studies.
Accessibility of The Art Academy’s estate
The Art Academy’s premises are old buildings which inevitably means that access to some areas can be problematic for people with a physical disability. This will continue to be an issue for the foreseeable future. Therefore, whilst this is the case, we undertake to mitigate problems for disabled applicants and students as far as possible by ensuring that where possible, appropriate arrangements are made to hold interviews, classes, workshops, tutorials, exhibitions and other events in accessible spaces. However, applicants and potential applicants who have mobility difficulties should arrange to visit the Art Academy before completing the application process, to ensure that their needs can be met.