We welcome all enthusiastic candidates to apply. If you are interested in studying at the Academy please register to attend an Open day, above, or email email@example.com or call +44 (0) 20 7407 6969 to discuss courses further or arrange a visit.
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. You will receive an invitation by email with an interview date and time, should you need to change this date, please speak to the Admissions Team. This will be a 30 – 45 minute conversation with one or two tutors, exploring your application and interview portfolio. Should your individual situation necessitate, we can conduct an interview via Skype. We encourage you to ask questions and see the interview as a 2 way process.
Applicants will be evaluated against the following criteria, through the interview and portfolio review:
- The ability to demonstrate a range of Fine Art experience, ability and understanding, including evidence of:
- Technical ability in one or more Fine Art medium
- Conceptual ideas and understanding
- Awareness of the cultural, historical and professional contexts of fine art
- Independence of thought
- Evidence of curiosity, inquisitiveness and being open to new ideas and thinking
- The potential and ambition to develop their Fine Art work and ideas further, and ideas about how they might do that
- A willingness to explore alternative ways of thinking and working
- Satisfactory academic reference
- Personal statement
- Academic attainment at a pre degree foundation course, within general education at GCSE & Level 3 (where the applicant has a traditional educational background) or alternative experience within art and design or appropriate subject areas
If you are at all concerned that a disability might interfere or inhibit your interview, please let us know in your application: we will make any reasonable adjustment we can, so that you can fully participate in an interview. Please see the below section “applicants with special educational needs and disabilities”.
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’ above.
If you would like to apply for the Contemporary Diploma please note the following deadlines:
Deadline 1: Applicants who apply by 15th February will be interviewed by 8th March and will be informed of the outcome by 29th March. If successful, the offer must be accepted by 26th April.
Deadline 2: Applicants who apply by 3rd May will be interviewed by 24th May and will be informed of the outcome by 14th June. If successful, the offer must be accepted by 12th July.
Deadline 3: After 3rd May applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Please note, applications deadlines after Deadline 1 are subject to availability and will not be open for applications if the programme has reached capacity.
Applications for 2019/2020 will not be processed before 15th February.
More information on the admissions process can be found on the Academy’s Admissions Policy.
You can apply for the Contemporary Portrait Diploma starting September 2019 online or by post. To apply online you must fill in our online application form. Please note, the application form must be downloaded and cannot currently be completed online. To prevent problems when completing the form, please ensure you are using the latest version of Adobe Reader. If you are applying via post you can download an application form here. This must be posted, along with at least 5 images of your work, to:
Admissions Team, The Art Academy, Mermaid Court, 165A Borough High Street, London SE1 1HR
The application form is your first opportunity to tell us about yourself, as well as being a vital source of the information we need to make a decision. Please take your time to complete the form accurately. When you have completed the application form remember to check you have provided all the information required, including the link to your digital portfolio. We only accept applications on the form provided and reserve the right to reject incomplete or alternative applications.
Should you have any questions about the application process or completing the form, please speak to a member of the Admissions Team.
Decisions will normally be communicated to applicants within three weeks. There are 3 possible outcomes:
Conditional Offer: A conditional offer means that the Academy will offer an applicant a place providing certain conditions are met before registration on the programme. Usually conditions are based on the completion of outstanding qualifications. Each offer is specific to the applicant’s individual circumstances.
Unconditional Offer: 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 Academy.
Unsuccessful Application: Applicants will receive an unsuccessful response if the 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 Academy receive far more applications than number of places available.
Feedback on the decision will be given to any applicant who requests it.
We will always ensure that the interviews and portfolio reviews are carried out fairly and equally. All those conducting interviews are trained to do so and fully conversant in our Admissions Policy. Although decisions to admit or reject applicants are academic judgements and therefore cannot be appealed, if an applicant feels that the interview and selection process was not conducted fairly and equitably or as described in our Admissions Policy, the process for making a complaint in this regard can be found within the policy document.
You will be notified of the outcome by email. With this email you will receive an offer letter, the Terms and Conditions (contract) which you will need to sign and return along with the deposit (see Fees & Funding section above), a copy of the student handbook, programme handbook and Academic Regulations.
By accepting an offer you agree to abide by the Academy’s Regulations.
All successful applicants will be invited to our Graduate shows, to get a sense of the community and see what they could achieve by studying with us.
Prior to starting you will be sent the course documents for the Elective Skills Workshop courses and have a meeting or phone conversation with a member of the Academics Team to discuss and agree your choices for the first term. Part-time students will also need to decide on individual routes through the first stage of the programme.