The Prime Minister has announced that from Wednesday 6 January 2021, the country will once again enter a period of national lockdown.
For the Academy, this means that all of its courses will now take place online.
The government plans to review the lockdown on 15 February with the intention of reopening educational establishments from 22 February.
We hope, if we are able, to return to physical teaching in our socially-distanced studios from that point, or as soon as possible thereafter.
For BA, FD and Foundation students, the academic terms start, as planned, on 11 January and finish on 26 March. Elective skills workshops will start one week later, on 18 January. Assessments for undergraduate studio practice modules will take place, as planned, the week beginning 11 January.
For Certificate and part-time (day) courses students, the term will start on 18 January.
Crucially, there will be no reading week, which was due to take place between 15-20 February. This allows for the term to finish, as planned, on 26 March.
Plans for the upcoming term will have already been discussed with you and you will shortly be issued with your course documentation.
Our 10-week Public Programme of evening and weekend classes will also start on the 18 January.
Tuition will take place online via Zoom for the first five weeks of a selection of courses. For the remaining five weeks, we hope to return to physical teaching.
If you are booked onto an upcoming course, you will already have been made aware of arrangements, but if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.
We are looking at ways of bringing these classes to as many people as possible because one thing we discovered following the first lockdown was how important these creative outlets were for so many people.
We will also bring you lots of fun and stimulating content on social media over the next few weeks (including some free classes), so do follow us and keep an eye out for more information.
Inevitably, our buildings remain closed for now, and all staff are working remotely.
We know how disappointing this news must be for many of you. As an academic institution, we have done our utmost to keep our doors open for our students but our first priority must be the health and wellbeing of all within our community.
We hope to be seeing you all very soon.