Our Graduate Programme is led by tutors and visiting lecturers who are all practising artists using curation as an extension of their studio practice.
The programme is an empowering practical course that encourages you to take control and own the context of your work. You’ll explore artwork in relation to personal statements, press releases, networking and exhibiting. This supportive course will enhance your professional approaches to interacting with the art world, while supporting your ongoing studio practice with group critiques and feedback.
You’ll also attend talks from visiting curators and have the opportunity to visit an artist-run contemporary art space. At the end of the programme, you’ll take part in a student-organised group exhibition, and you will leave with the knowledge and confidence to actively engage with and shape the art world around you.
For more information, please see the Graduate Programme Handbook.
The programmes consists of eight full day sessions (10am-5pm) of group critiques, seminars, gallery visits and meetings with visiting artists and curators.
For a full breakdown of each session please see the Programme Handbook.
This year’s tutors are Sarah Gilliam and Mindy Lee.
Having a full time job, my art practice has suffered from a lack of time, energy and inspiration. Since undertaking the Art Academy’s graduate programme, however, my practice has been re-invigorated, giving me the focus and drive to develop my work in a supportive and constructive environment.
The Graduate programme students form a strong group of peer to peer support. Opportunities that are generated by the group, change year to year based on the individuals and the particular ideas that are generated.
You are encouraged to organise an end of year exhibition, but further events and partnerships are encouraged. Past events have included:
- An exhibition at the Menier Gallery
- An exhibition in partnership with Four Communications
Our Graduate Programme is open to those who have completed a fine art undergraduate course (or equivalent qualification) from any art school.
This course is £750, and is run at cost to support those just starting to establish themselves practising artists. This must be paid prior to the Graduate Programme commencing.
Students on the Programme may additionally opt to take one or more Elective Skills Workshop course at Art Academy London, at a cost of £450 per course.
Students on the Programme can also use specialist facilities throughout the year (term time only, advance booking required) for a fee of £25 per day (10 – 5), during open access sessions. Technical support is available on all open access sessions:
Digital Suite – Wednesdays and Fridays
Print Studio – Wednesdays
Wood & Metal Workshop – Wednesdays and Fridays
We welcome all enthusiastic candidates to apply.
If you are interested in applying for the Graduate Programme please call +44 (0)207407 6969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss courses and arrange a visit, or complete the Graduate Programme Application form to apply. The application form can be submitted via email to email@example.com
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Do you take mature students for the Graduate Programme?
Yes, the age range is wide and applications from mature students are welcomed.
Do I need to have done formal art training before applying for the Graduate Programme?
People interested in joining the Graduate Programme normally have a BA or equivalent qualification in Fine Art. If you have other experience that you feel is relevant we are happy to discuss with you whether the Graduate Programme would be a good fit.
What is the structure for paying fees for the Graduate Programme?
Fees must be paid in full in advance.
Does it matter what discipline I specialise in?
No, we welcome a diverse range of practices.
Is the Graduate Programme recognised or accredited?
No, the Graduate Programme isn’t accredited but it serves as a much more affordable and flexible alternative to an MA or Post-graduate course. The programme is not formally assessed or result in certification of any kind.
Do I need to supply my own materials?
There are not normally practical workshops included within the programme, but if there should be; Yes. Materials are not included in the fee costs. We have an art supplies shop in the Academy, which offers materials at a discounted price. Students will also need to meet any associated costs from staging and promoting the resulting exhibition at the end of the programme.