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

The Heatherleys School of Fine Art, Founded 1845

Portrait Diploma Bursary

Improving access to technical skills in Fine Art


Portrait Diploma Bursaries

Each year the Heatherley School of Fine Art Charity makes available a number of bursaries for full-time diploma students with up to 50% remission of fees may be offered to successful applicants.

For further details and to apply for a bursary, please contact the Bursar.


Why study at Heatherleys


Proud of our history

Founded in 1845 The Heatherley School of Fine Art is one of the oldest independent art colleges in Britain and is among the few art schools in the UK that focus purely on portraiture, figurative painting, sculpture and printmaking. The college offers both vocational and part-time courses to students aged 18 years and over.

Our History

Black and white archive photo of students in the Antique Room at Heatherleys, 79 Newman Street.


Proud of our students

We are proud of our students and their wonderful accomplishments. Our graduate sculptors are equipped to make a wide variety of career choices. Many establish professional practice, making sculpture in their own studios, exhibiting in galleries in London, throughout Britain and internationally, winning prizes and awards, undertaking private and publicly commissioned projects for sculpture. Such as, Aleix Barbat, a graduate of the Sculpture Diploma and winner of the Tiranti Prize for Young Sculptors. He was chosen to complete the Bronze Woman statue, London’s first statue of an African-Caribbean woman. The project was based on the famous poem of the same name, written by Cécile Nobrega.

Aleix Barbat

Read our student stories.

Many of our students have gone on to post graduate study at institutions such as The Royal College of Art, University of the Arts London (Central St Martins) and City and Guilds. Other graduates have completed additional training in Art Therapy and gained teaching posts in Adult and Higher Education.

Our graduates have explored other associated occupations in the arts and have made successful careers creating special effects for theatre, film and television, exhibition design and curation, bronze casting in foundries, metal fabrication, retail design and making jewellery and ceramics.


Proud of our school

Heatherleys boasts a purpose built art college in an unrivalled location close to the Thames, in Chelsea. Completed as recently as June 2008, the school is furnished with spacious and well-lit studios, a 3D workshop, a seminar room with video and IT facilities, making it a modern and welcoming environment.


The Diploma in Portraiture

For anyone wanting to develop as a painter, portraiture offers challenges that equip any student to approach painting, in whatever way or direction they wish to take it. Painting from observation acknowledges perception as a creative, complex, emotional and dynamic set of processes, which includes memory, fantasy and abstraction. Rendering a fixed, two-dimensional image onto canvas in paint can be achieved in a myriad of ways. Exercising and honing each student’s ability to translate visual experience in their own unique way is an important aspect of this two-year course.

As a student, you will learn to deal with structure, anatomy, colour, composition and the use of materials within a friendly environment with live models. Attempting to capture not just a likeness but a sense of a person, a living presence, will prepare the ground for students to pursue and shape an exciting, fulfilling, independent career as a painter of any kind, not only in portraiture.

The two year Diploma Course (72 weeks) takes place on three days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) over six terms of 12 weeks each.

Find out more about the Diploma in Portraiture and apply here.

Secure your place on the Heatherleys Portrait Diploma

Apply for a bursary today.


Meet your tutors

The staff and tutors at the school are highly qualified, established masters in their fields, passionate professional artists and educators with a genuine mission to communicate, inspire and teach.

Our staff and tutors



    • A purpose built art college completed in June 2008
    • A teaching staff made up of practising artists
    • An unrivalled location close to the Thames, in Chelsea, London
    • Access to London’s many art galleries and museums
    • Individual tutorial scheme
    • Well lit painting studios
    • Well equipped sculpture workshop, with equipment for working in wood, stone and metal
    • Ceramics facilities
    • Print room
    • Expert technical staff
    • Experienced models
    • Seminar room with video and IT facilities
    • Special lectures in fine art theory and practice
    • A well-stocked art library
    • School shop selling artists’ materials


BAC accredited courses

BAC - British Accreditation Council

Heatherleys is accredited by the BAC. For over 30 years the The British Accreditation Council have been responsible for setting standards within the independent further and higher education sector. The BAC provides the leading mark of educational quality for the sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards.


Find us here

75 Lots Road, London SW10 0RN. The nearest overground station is Imperial Wharf (5 minutes’ walk) and underground Fulham Broadway (12 minutes’ walk).


Still have questions about bursaries?

We’re happy to answer any questions you have. Contact us here.