We welcome all enthusiastic candidates to apply. If you are interested in studying with us please register to attend an Open Day or call +44 (0)207407 6969 to discuss course options; we’re always happy to chat through the application process, our courses or arrange a private tour.
Before you apply, 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. 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 in our Admissions Policy.
In some cases we may ask you to submit supplementary work in addition to the information provided on the application form and requested as part of the portfolio review.
You are also required to demonstrate an appropriate level of English language competence to study with us. 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; we do 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) will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of English language competence to study with us. We assess for appropriate level of spoken English at interview, but this can also be proved through previous study in English (evidencing an approved English language qualification at Level 2). We may require specific performance in written English tests at interview.
We appreciate that not all applicants come to us with standard qualifications and we consider a wide range of equivalent level qualifications, professional experience and 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!
Once you’ve submitted an application form, we’ll get in touch to arrange your interview and portfolio review – this usually takes place at our Mermaid Court site but we can arrange for this to be done via Skype if necessary. 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’ll give you further details about what to expect and what to bring to the interview.
At your interview, we’ll conduct a portfolio review. The interviewer will 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. While 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 this, we are trying to understand your creative process, 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 our within three weeks. There are three possible outcomes:
Conditional offer: this means we will offer you a place providing certain conditions are met before registration on the programme e.g. the completion of outstanding qualifications. Each offer is specific to individual circumstances.
Unconditional offer:this means you’ve met the academic and non-academic entry requirements and have been accepted onto your chosen programme.
Unsuccessful application:this means we have decided not to offer you a place on the programme. Applicants can be unsuccessful for many reasons and should be aware that many of our programmes 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 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
We are committed to supporting accessible learning and welcome students with disabilities and special educational needs.
We encourage you to disclose any disabilities or special needs when you apply, so we can plan any support that we may need to provide at the earliest opportunity, including during the admissions process. Admissions decisions are always made on the basis of a candidate’s ability and/or potential to complete the programme.
Accessibility and reasonable adjustments
Provided that a candidate is suitable for the programme applied for, we will make reasonable adjustments for applicants with a physical or mobility impairment in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
Our premises are old buildings, which 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 inaccessible to wheelchair users.
Therefore, where possible, we make appropriate arrangements to hold interviews, classes, workshops, tutorials, exhibitions and other events in accessible spaces in our Mermaid Court and Newington buildings, and can provide alternative storage spaces where these may normally be in inaccessible areas. We are also currently completing a number of works to our main building in Mermaid Court, London Bridge, to improve access and facilities for wheelchair users, including a wheelchair-accessible toilet.
This means that from September 2019 we will be able to accommodate most students with physical disabilities on our academic programmes.
Some of our buildings will remain inaccessible for the foreseeable future (our second building at Mermaid Court and the second floor of our Newington building). We are committed to improving access to all our buildings and are working towards making all areas of our campus fully accessible to all.
Hearing technology for hard of hearing/deaf applicants
Portable induction loops can be provided during open days, interview and in teaching spaces if required.
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.
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. We accept applications from all EU, EEA and Swiss citizens or those with an existing visa for the UK.
If you have the right to study in the UK there is a lot to think about before deciding to study in a different country. We would recommend you visit the UK Council for Student Affairs, a fantastic resource for considering studying in the UK.
The Academy is a small school so you will meet people quickly. Furthermore, our team is always on hand to answer questions and offer support throughout the application process and as you settle into life at the Academy.
Please feel free to call +44 (0) 20 7407 6969 or complete our Enquiry Form to talk through any queries you may have.
Please download our Accommodation Pack which has comprehensive information for people moving to London for the first time
The National Health Service (NHS) is the UK’s state healthcare system providing a wide range of health care services including appointments with a doctor, hospital treatment and dental care. You should register with a doctor as soon as possible after your arrival in London. The Art Academy would advise that you find a GP near where you are living. You will need your passport and a letter from the Art Academy to prove you are a student.
EEA and Swiss nationals
The UK’s Department of Health has produced a leaflet on Healthcare Information for students from the European Economic Area who may wish to use the National Health Service (NHS).
Non-UK European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals and their families, should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before coming to the UK to ensure access to NHS services is free.
If you are exercising your right to reside in the UK as a student, in accordance with UK EEA regulations you are required to hold comprehensive sickness insurance throughout your period of residence in the UK. Having a valid EHIC issued by an EEA member state other than the UK satisfies this requirement if you are residing in the UK on a temporary basis as a student. Alternatively you can obtain Forms S1, S2 or S3 from the social security institution in your EEA country of residence outside the UK. You would need to contact the social security institution directly to ascertain whether one of these forms would be relevant to your circumstances. If you are not entitled to an EHIC or cannot be issued one of these forms, you are advised to obtain private comprehensive medical insurance. Further information on the requirement for comprehensive sickness insurance is provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs.
Short study periods
If your course is less than six months or you are required to make a number of occasional visits to the UK for short study periods and you are from a non-EEA country, you are advised to take out medical insurance as you will be liable for NHS charges for the treatment you receive in the UK except for in a medical emergency and this is limited. Some countries have a reciprocal agreement with the UK which may entitle you to free healthcare on the NHS but you should seek advice from the health authorities in your home country about what treatment will be covered. EEA nationals should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Private Medical Insurance
You cannot take out private healthcare insurance as an alternative to paying the health immigration surcharge as this is a mandatory fee included as part of your visa application. It is a personal decision whether you also take out private healthcare insurance. You may wish to consider this to cover the following potential health-related costs:
If you already have medical insurance in your home country, you may wish to check whether this can be extended to cover your stay in the UK.