Every first-year student joining the Foundation Degree in September 2019 will have access to the AAL Academic Bursary for the duration of the programme; this will reduce our fees to significantly below national levels for degree courses. Our 2019/20 fees (inclusive of the bursary) are set out below:
|Full time FD – 2 years
|Part time FD – 4 years
We review our fees annually; they are likely to increase due to inflation in the following academic years (this is capped at 5% p.a.).
Fees must be paid in advance, and you can pay them yearly or by term (incurring a 5% surcharge). We will consider payment options to help you split the cost, so please get in touch to discuss this with us.
You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for additional bursaries, which are assessed on an individual basis and based on need as well as merit. Once you have been offered a place, you can submit a bursary application form to email@example.com. We’ll inform you of our decision once the application process is complete.
While some basic materials are provided for certain Elective Skills Workshop courses, you’ll need to provide most of the materials required to complete the course successfully and cover other costs such as those associated with the final year Graduate Show.
Based on a survey from our previous students, we estimate that these costs will be between £500 and £1,500 per year, although this will vary depending on the materials, chosen disciplines and stage of the programme.
We have a small shop onsite, where you can purchase some materials at a heavily discounted price. You can find some guidance on where to buy other specialist materials in the Student Handbook and from your tutors.
Trips and visits
You’ll be expected to visit galleries and exhibitions independently, to help develop your contextual knowledge and practice. Some parts of the programme will also suggest you visit specific exhibitions: many of these are free.
We understand that where there is an entry fee, you may not always be able to attend; while we encourage you to take these trips, they’re not compulsory or essential, and your tutor will prepare an alternative itinerary of free museum and gallery visits that you can follow.
As a small independent art school we are unable to hold places offered indefinitely. If your application is successful you’ll need to pay a deposit of £500 (which is in addition to the course fees) and return your signed contract to secure your place. Your deposit is returned after successful completion of the programme and removal of your Graduate Show installation. If you withdraw from the programme without successfully completing it, or fail to satisfactorily remove your Graduate Show installation (and we incur costs to do so), we will keep your deposit.
We’re an independent institution, so our courses are not subject to public funding. There is therefore no exemption from fees for under 19 year olds or access to student loans.
Once you’ve returned the signed contract and paid your deposit, you have a 14-day cooling off period to change your mind. If you choose to cancel during this time, we’ll refund your full deposit.
You’ll need to pay your tuition fees before the start of the programme. If you decide to cancel after the 14-day period and before the fees are due, your deposit will not be refunded. If you decide to withdraw once you’ve started the programme, you will be liable for the first term’s tuition fees and will not be refunded your deposit. If you decide to cancel your contract or withdraw at any point, you should do so in writing using the form provided.
You will need to give a full term’s notice of withdrawal, informing us by the last teaching day of the previous term: your notice period cannot start part way through a term. If it does, you will be liable to pay full fees for the term’s notice period. Should you need to, you can suspend study for up to 12 months. Please see our withdrawal and interruption of study policy for more information.
Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information on Fees.