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Admission Requirements

Part-time courses
Admission to the Open Studio, part-time day and evening courses and summer holiday classes is non selective, subject to student enrolment. The online application form should be completed and sent to the school with the appropriate fee paid in full. Courses can be booked online or in person.

Courses are released for sale half way through term for the following term, eg. 21st February for Summer Term 2018. This date will be advised well in advance on the website on the Part Time Courses section and by email to everyone on our e-mailing list.

The Heatherley School of Fine Art reserves the right to cancel, combine or reschedule courses, or adjust fees, or substitute lecturers as necessary.
Full-time courses
Admission to Continuing Studies and Diploma courses is selective and subject to interview.

Applicants must be over 18 years old. There is no upper age restriction.

Following receipt of a completed application form, supported by an academic reference, the school will offer the appointment date for an interview with a portfolio of work. Interviews are held from early January for the following September.

There is not a specific deadline for the submission of application forms for Diploma in Sculpture or Continuing Studies.

Diploma in Portraiture applications for September 2018: Interviews will be held in April 2018.
Successful applicants will be informed by the end of May.
To apply please refer to the Diploma in Portraiture page on the website.

To secure a place offered following an interview, a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the course fees is required accompanying your completed acceptance form. The acceptance form will be posted to you at the same time as the offer of place letter.

Fees must be paid by the end of August. An invoice will be sent by post.
Additional Information
Each year the Heatherley School of Fine Art Charity makes available a number of bursaries for full time students and up to 80% remission of fees may be offered to successful applicants. The closing date for applications is 1st June and a decision will be made by the School before the end of July. Students can only apply for a bursary application form after they have received an offer of place letter.

Further details may be obtained from the Bursar. E-mail:

Heatherley School of Fine Art Diplomas are issued on satisfactory completion of the two year courses in Portraiture and Figurative Sculpture.


Heatherley Certificates are issued on satisfactory completion of one year’s study on the Continuing Studies programme.

Heatherley’s provides course credit certificates relating to non academic requirements. Students requiring credits should notify the Director of Studies on joining their course.

Tutorial/portfolio information

Evening class students can be assisted in preparation for application to vocational courses. In association with evening class tutors, the Director of Studies can plan a one- or two-year programme of study which will ensure that a suitable portfolio is prepared. Tutorials will be given and personal project work initiated.
About Heatherley's
Founded in 1845, The Heatherley School of Fine Art is one of the oldest independent art schools in London, and is among the few art colleges in Britain that focus on portraiture, figurative painting, printmaking, illustration and sculpture.
Heatherley’s is controlled by The Thomas Heatherley Educational Trust.
Registered Charity No. 312872
BAC Accredited
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