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We support the principle that people from any background with the potential to benefit from higher education should have the opportunity to do so.

Year 12 Specialist Summer School 2021

Year 12 Specialist Summer School runs from 2-13 August 2021 and aims to encourage those students who can benefit most from what we have to offer, whatever their background.

Course Details

During the contemporary Year 12 Specialist Art School students will examine the methods, materials and thinking processes that artists use, as well as exploring some of the questions raised by contemporary art. Our range of activities and approaches will offer students the opportunity to explore their artistic interests and passions. Students will be supported in expanding their portfolio whilst honing artistic skills.

This short ten-day course is designed to give your students a taster of studying at higher education level. The sessions will allow students to develop their creative thinking, contemporary contextual understanding and specialist learning. Alongside, they will develop skills in team building, problem-solving and communication, enhancing their artistic potential, and if appropriate continue on to study Art at a higher level.

Artist led activities will take place online from the 2-13 August, 10.00-13.00 with (optional) independent study in the afternoons.

Students will need to commit to the whole ten day duration enabling sufficient time to complete their projects.

While we understand this online programme can't fully replace the face-to-face, on-campus experience, we intend our online offer to provide students the opportunity to experience a collegiate-level, immersive, and challenging curriculum. Our online model will focus on small group activities which are designed to foster creativity and individuality and will culminate in potential work for undergraduate application portfolios.

We'll provide a supportive environment for independent practice whilst introducing your students to the study of contemporary art.

  • Live small group online practical lessons with tutors
  • Access to VLE (virtual learning environment) with course content
  • Information talks: Student Finance, Admissions, Applying to AUB, etc...
  • A free materials pack, allowing all participants the opportunity to engage with all aspects of the course*
  • The list of speakers is to be announced
  • Certificate upon completion

* available to those students who meet widening participation criteria.

Places are limited to 30 students so please be aware that applying for the Year 12 Online Specialist Art School doesn't guarantee anyone a place. Where possible, we try to allocate places for those students who demonstrate a creative passion in their application statement.

Applicants should be a student in Year 12 and meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Have a home postcode which is Quintile 1 or 2 in the POLAR4 dataset
  • Have a home postcode which is decile 1-4 in the IMD dataset
  • Live in care, be a recent care leaver or care experienced within the last 5 years OR estranged from their family*
  • Have a disability*

*Further evidence may be required

Students are required to ask their parent/guardian/carer to read this information and then complete the online application.

Please note that we won't be able to consider an application unless students provide us with a parental email address and telephone contact number.

Once all applications have been received we'll let you know whether you have place or not via email.

Applications must be completed by Monday 12 July and places will be confirmed by Friday 16 July at the latest.

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Summer School Student

Take a look at what students created...

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Summer School Show

Check out the creative artwork from our Year 12 Art Summer School students that were inspired by resources and virtual workshops!