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Saturday Art School Funded Places
We're committed to equal access to creative education and careers. As such, each academic year we're delighted to offer a limited number of funded places on our Saturday Art School courses.
Please note that due to popularity, funded places are limited to one per household per term. Funded places are only available for Spring and Autumn term and the young person must be aged 10-15 at the start date of the course (subject to individual course age range). Please see the eligibility criteria below.
Applications for Spring 2024 funded places are now closed. Applicants will be contacted on the success of their application by 5 January 2024.
If you have any questions, get in touch with our friendly team.
To be eligible for a funded place on one of our Saturday Art School courses, students must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- They're currently in receipt of Free School Meals or eligible for Free School Meal if home schooled
- They're in local authority care or looked after for three months or more
- They're a Young Carer
- They're from a Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showman, or Boater community
- They have a parent who's served, or is currently serving, in the armed forces
- Current home postcode shows that they live in an area with low levels of progression to Higher Education (postcodes within the lowest 2 POLAR4 quintiles)
- Current home postcode shows that they live in an area that falls within the lowest 20 per cent of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)
- Young person has Refugee or Asylum seeker status
Eligibility for the POLAR4 measure can be checked here (postcodes in the lowest 2 POLAR4 quintiles qualify).
Choose your Saturday Art School course
Courses for 10-12 yrs
Our courses for blossoming artists as young as 10-years-old will help them explore their creativity, harness their imaginations, and gain confidence in creating and sharing their work. No art and design experience is necessary; all we ask is students come with buckets of enthusiasm.
Jewellery Workshop - an Introduction
This vibrant and practical jewellery making course has been specially designed for budding makers aged 10–12 to let their imaginations free.
Digital Character Design
On this course young artists aged 10-12 will develop digital drawing skills to create exciting characters.
Courses for 11-15 yrs
We offer a range of courses to enable budding artists aged 11–15 to develop skills in a range of different creative disciplines either to find their creative calling or simply enjoy learning new skills. Students don’t need to already be experts in their chosen subject, all we ask is that students come with enthusiasm for learning new things.
On this exciting course, young artists aged 11-14 have the chance to master digital creation using Photoshop.
The Mechanics of Art – 3D Creativity
In this unique hands-on course, artists aged 11-14 will learn paper transformation techniques to turn a flat page into a 3D masterpiece.
Creative Digital Photography and Post-production (Stage 2)
In this advanced edition of Saturday Art School, artists aged 11-15 will explore photography and creative post-production editing.
Fine Art – 2D and 3D Skills Elevation (stage 2)
On this course young artists aged 12-15 have the chance to develop both their 2D and 3D artistic skills.
Art and Design using Mixed Media
This imaginative course gives young artists aged 12–15 the chance to experiment with different art forms to identify their specialist area.
Animation – an Introduction (stage 1)
In this hands-on course, budding animators aged 12–15 will let their imaginations free as they learn the fundamentals of animation.
In this creative course young filmmakers aged 12–15 will gain hands-on experience in writing, filming and editing their own material.
Digital Modelmaking and 3D Design (stage 2)
On this cutting-edge course young artists aged 12-15 will learn skills used by creative game designers.
Graphic and Digital Design
In this dynamic course, young designers aged 12–15 will harness their creativity, gain confidence and develop their graphic design skills.
Fashion Design and Styling (stage 1)
This hands-on course gives budding fashion designers aged 12–15 the chance to learn the fundamental skills of fashion design and styling.
Special FX Make-up – Exploring Alternative Applications (stage 2)
On this hands-on course young artists aged 12-15 will let their imaginations free as they explore make-up special effects for film and TV.
Why study at Saturday Art School?
Unlock creative talent
We understand how important young creative artists are – they've so much potential, untapped abilities, and enthusiasm. At Saturday Art School they’ll be supported to fully explore their creative talent and future potential, whilst being themselves.
Learn from the best
All our tutors are experts in their creative fields and love sharing their skills; their passion for their craft is infectious. Our young artists will learn in an encouraging, inclusive, and supportive environment, where there’s no right or wrong way to be creative.
Study at a specialist institution
We’re proud to be the UK’s top specialist art and design university. We invest heavily in technology and spaces to best equip our students during their time with us, as such our young artists will have access to our industry-standard resources and learn in our state-of-the-art studios. All course materials are included in the funded course fee.
Start your creative journey
We welcome young artists aged 7–18 (age restrictions applicable by course) of all abilities, from beginners to experienced creatives. In fact, many of our students continue to study with us for years to come. We offer a range of portfolio preparation courses to help prepare young artists to continue their creative studies at foundation or undergraduate level.