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Full-time Courses

HSoA offers a range of full-time courses in Fine Art and Applied Art.

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Our full-time courses include Guided Studio Practice, Portraiture Diploma, External Diploma in Studio Practice, Saturday Portfolio Course, Fine Art Advanced Course and Fine Art Level 3 Foundation Course.

See below for further information or call the office on 020 7794 1439 to discuss your options.

Guided Studio Practice

As an artist of HSoA ‘Guided Studio Practice’ you will be working independently in an HSoA studio, providing a stimulating and flexible environment for artists to experiment and make new work. Studio Based Practice reflects the lively, rigorous and open-ended approaches to art-making championed by HSoA. Artists will work in the shared studio close to the art school.

Portraiture Diploma

This part-time course is a carefully structured programme written within a framework of observational painting and drawing using the human model. You will be grounded in the skills needed to work from direct observation and will be helped to develop these skills into a personal body of work. The course further aims to help you acquire the perspectives and the sense of context necessary for working independently as an artist.

1 Year External Diploma in Studio Practice

The course aims are to elevate your fine art practice through a combination of working in your own external studio, supported by visiting tutorials and attending classes at the art school to give you the tools you need to become a contemporary artist and prepare for an end of year public exhibition. A personal tutor is appointed to you.

Saturday Portfolio Course

The Saturday Portfolio Building Course is designed to support a developing portfolio for students who may wish to apply for an Art Foundation course. It provides opportunities to join workshops that not only teach the skills needed, but also build sequences of work, including life drawing that will support your application to an Art School Foundation course.

Fine Art Advanced Course

This is a one year full-time course designed to support those interested in spending time exploring and developing their practice in greater depth. Alongside self-directed briefs we shape the course tutoring to meet the individual student’s need. You can choose to specialise in Painting, Printmaking, Portraiture, Sculpture, Drawing, Performative based practice or all of these.Typically, our graduating students continue their own studio practice or apply for postgraduate study. Weekly tutorials ensure the continuous progress and direction of individual work, while gallery and artist’s studio visits support students writing on the cultural context of their developing work.

Fine Art Level 3 Foundation

This is a one year experimental learning course leading to our own certificate, independently moderated to meet national standard. Typically our students apply for undergraduate and postgraduate courses or continue onto our Advance Practice Course. Weekly constructive critiques ensure the continuing progress and direction of individual work, while gallery and artists studio visits support students writing on the cultural context of their developing work. Application is by portfolio interview with the Principal.

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Term Dates

Autumn Term 2019 | 9 Sept - 8 Dec
Christmas Workshops | 9 - 15 Dec
Extended | 16-19 Dec

Spring Term 2020 | 6 Jan - 5 April
Half Term | 17 - 23 Feb

Summer Term 2020 | 20 Apr - 19 Jul
Half Term
| 1-7 June