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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.
Applications for the fully funded places for Spring 2023 Saturday Art School are now closed.
Please note that due to popularity, funded places are limited to one per household. Please see the eligibility criteria below.
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:
- Are currently in receipt of Free School Meals
- Are in local authority care or looked after for three months or more
- Are a Young Carer
- From a Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showman, or Boater community
- Have a parent who has served, or is currently serving, in the armed forces
- Current home postcode shows that you live in an area with low levels of progression to Higher Education (postcodes within the lowest 2 POLAR4 quintiles)
- Current home postcode shows that you live in an area that falls within the lowest 20 per cent of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)
Eligibility for the POLAR4 measure can be checked here (postcodes in the lowest 2 POLAR4 quintiles qualify).
Choose your Saturday Art School course
Explore creativity from a young age
Our courses for blossoming artists as young as 7 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.
Young Artists (7–9yrs)
This hands-on course is perfect for budding artists aged 7–9 to explore their creativity whilst having fun at the same time.
Young Artists (10–12yrs)
This practical course has been designed specially for 10–12 year olds to have fun with their creativity and learn new art and design skills.
Jewellery Making - an Introduction
This vibrant and practical jewellery making course has been specially designed for budding makers aged 10–12 to let their imaginations free.
Learn new skills and develop existing ones
We offer a range of courses to enable budding artists aged 12–15 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.
3D Design and Modelmaking - an Introduction
In this fun and imaginative course students aged 12–15 will learn a variety of new skills in modelmaking and create unique 3D designs.
Animation – an Introduction
In this hands-on course budding animators aged 12–15 will let their imaginations free as they learn the fundamentals of animation.
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.
In this creative course young filmmakers aged 12–15 will gain hands-on experience in writing, filming and editing their own material.
Our creative digital photography course teaches students aged 11–15 years old fundamental photography skills in a fun and inspirational way.
Fashion Design and Styling
This hands-on course gives budding fashion designers aged 12–15 the chance to learn the fundamental skills of fashion design and styling.
In this exciting fine art course students aged 12–15 will experiment and explore a wide range of creative techniques, plus learn new skills.
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.
Preparing for future creative studies
For any budding artist, it's important to have a well presented and varied portfolio to help them take the next step in their creative journey. Especially if the next step is applying to study at foundation or undergraduate level. We’ve two portfolio preparation courses specifically designed for older students aged 14–18 to help them succeed. Students don’t need to already be applying for creative courses, we just ask that students come with lots of enthusiasm and ideas!
This practical course for students aged 14–16 will guide them to develop a well presented and varied portfolio, ready for future studies.
Portfolio Preparation in Art, Design and Media (Stage 2)
On this practical course students aged 16–18 will prepare and develop a robust portfolio for future Foundation Diploma study.
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.