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The Heatherley School of Fine Art, 75 Lots Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0RN  |  phone 020 7351 4190

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 halfway through term for the following term, eg. 11th June 2019 for Autumn Term 2019. 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, reschedule or modify 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 2024:

Please complete the full time application form and post or email to the school. You will then be contacted by the school to arrange a suitable date and time for interview.

Applicants should be highly self-motivated and are asked to bring a portfolio of recent work. As well as examples of three dimensional work, there should also be evidence of drawing ability and an awareness of contemporary art and design issues. Whilst completion of an art foundation course is desirable, a sustained commitment to non-vocational classes and courses would also be regarded as acceptable experience.

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. You will be required to provide proof that you can live and study in the UK.

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.


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.


Heatherleys 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.

How to pay

  1. Online with Visa / Mastercard / Debit card
  2. By cheque payable to Thomas Heatherley Educational Trust
  3. Bank transfer in £ (GBP) sterling
    Lloyds Bank plc (417 North End Road, London SW6 1NS)
    A/c No: 00025261
    Sort code 30-99-02
    BIC: LOYDGB2133
    Iban: GB06 LOYD 3099 0200 0252 61
    Please instruct your bank that all charges are to be paid by remitter

Note: Places cannot be allocated until payment has been received by us.

The Heatherley School of Fine Art reserves the right to cancel, combine or reschedule courses, or adjust fees, or substitute lecturers as necessary.