We welcome all enthusiastic candidates to apply. If you are interested in studying at the Academy please register to attend an Open Day or call +44 (0)207407 6969 to discuss course options; we’re an small art school in central London so we’re always happy to chat through the application process, our courses or arrange a tour.
What to expect
Before you apply to the 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 programme of study with us. It’s an individually tailored but consistent approach; all applicants are required to attend an interview and portfolio review. For more information on entry requirements please refer to the relevant programme webpage. More information on the admissions process can be found on the Academy’s Admissions Policy.
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.
All applicants are also required to demonstrate an appropriate level of English language competence to gain entry to the Academy. More information about this can be found in ‘Entry Requirements’ below.
Specific entry requirements are laid out in the relevant programme webpages. All applicants are required to prove UK right of residency; the 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 BA (Hons) Fine Art, although no formal qualifications are required applicants will need to demonstrate work at least of level 3 equivalent.
English Language Requirements : All applicants looking to join one of our academic programmes (except Certificate) are required to demonstrate an appropriate level of English language competence to gain entry to the Academy. Appropriate level of spoken English is assessed at interview but can also be proved through previous study in English (evidencing an approved English language qualification at Level 2). The Academy may require specific performance in written English tests at interview.
At the 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, enthusiasm and commitment to their subject. If you think you can do this, we encourage you to apply!
Visit your chosen programme page and start an application today!
After you have submitted an application form with supplementary images we will get in touch to arrange your interview. You will be required to attend an interview and portfolio review. More information on entry requirements can be found on the specific course page and more information on the admissions process can be found on the Academy’s Admissions Policy. Once your interview is arranged we will inform you, in more detail, about what to expect and what to bring to the interview in terms of portfolio and sketchbook.
It is at your interview that you will undertake a portfolio review. The role of the interviewer is to make a judgment about whether you have the potential to succeed on the programme applied for and to make a decision, which they consider to be in your best interests. Whilst interviews are normally conducted with one member of staff present, your application will not be rejected without it being reviewed by another member of staff. An assessment is made taking into account your overall potential to succeed based on your performance at interview and your 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. Through the portfolio review 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. If no supplementary material is required you will be notified of the Academy’s decision within 3 weeks. There are 3 possible outcomes:
A conditional offer means that the Academy will offer you 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 you have met the (academic and non-academic) entry requirements and have been accepted onto your chosen programme at the Academy.
You will receive an unsuccessful response if the Academy has decided not to offer you a place on the programme. Applicants can be unsuccessful for many reasons and should be aware that many of the programmes at the 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 Academy in a subsequent year. Feedback will be given to those who request it. Admissions decisions based on academic judgement may not be challenged unless there is evidence of prejudice or bias against a candidate. Please see the Academy’s Admissions Policy for more details.
We will offer opportunities to incoming students to get to know the Academy between the time they accept their offer and when they enrol. As a successful candidate you will be invited to come to our Graduation Show to get a sense of the community and see what you could achieve by studying with us. By accepting an offer you agree to abide by the Academy’s Regulations.
APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES, SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS, OTHER HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS
The Academy is committed to supporting accessible learning and welcomes students with disabilities and special educational needs subject to being able to support their individual needs; good accessibility practices and the needs of disabled students in academic provision are reviewed on a case by case basis, with all reasonable adjustments, such as the re-timetabling of studios and alternative assessment arrangements considered in order to provide services and equal educational opportunities to the individual student or applicant.
Applicants are invited and encouraged to disclose any disabilities or special needs at the point of application so that the 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 programme for which they are being considered.
Accessibility of the Academy’s estate and reasonable adjustments
Provided that the candidate is suitable for the programme applied for, the Academy will make reasonable adjustments for applicants with a physical or mobility impairment in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
The 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 immediate future and all our premises are currently unaccessible to wheelchair users. Therefore, whilst this is the case, we undertake to mitigate problems for applicants and students with mobility difficulties 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.
We are currently completing a number of works to our main building in Mermaid Court, London Bridge, which will provide improved access and facilities to wheelchair users, including a wheelchair accessible toilet. These works are intended to be completed in the new year. These works, along with appropriate arrangements made for individuals within accessible spaces, means that from September 2019 we will be able to accommodate most students with physical disabilities on academic programmes. Appropriate arrangements may include the rescheduling of classes, workshops, tutorials, lectures and other events to spaces within the main building of Mermaid Court and the ground floor of our Newington building. It may also include the provision of facilities to undertake classes and workshops in techniques and processes outside of the dedicated space in which they normally occur (i.e. printmaking) and individual provision of facilities such as storage spaces, where these are normally in unaccessible areas. Our library is located on the ground floor and fully accessible.
Some of our buildings will remain inaccessible for the foreseeable future (our second building at Mermaid Court and the 2nd floor areas of our Newington building). Further improvements are planned to ensure we have appropriate buildings and facilities in the future; we are committed to improving access to all our buildings and are working towards making all areas of our campus fully accessible to all.
Applicants and potential applicants who have mobility difficulties or any other special needs should speak to us and/or arrange to visit the Academy, before completing the application process, to discuss their needs so that they can make an informed decision as to whether the Academy is able to provide an appropriate environment for their studies.
Hearing Technology for hard of hearing/deaf applicants
Portable induction loops can be provided during open days, interview and in teaching spaces for those who require them.
Other disabilities and conditions
If you have another disability, specific learning difficulty, health, or mental health difficulty, we strongly encourage you to contact us to talk about options for support.