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Fine Art Advanced 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. Application is by portfolio interview with the Principal.

Course Aims

The course will develop and consolidate the learner’s practice through exploration and discussion. It will provide a context in which learners can identify their strengths and ambitions building a sequential series of works. Students will develop an informed awareness and understanding of the relationship between their strengths and ambitions, and achievable targets.

Work by student Bhumija Dipti Panchal

Course Structure & Modules

Full-time students will receive up to 18 hours of tutored studio time per week. The course runs from September through to June. The Autumn and Spring Term are 13 weeks long, and the Summer Term 10 weeks. Your final self-directed major project will be externally assessed.

Mixed Media Collage by student Rosy Coleman


Students have access to the Advanced Course Studio seven days per week, 9am – 9pm (Mon-Thurs), 9am-7pm (Fri-Sat) and 10am – 4pm (Sun).

Studio of student Mahshid Alaghband


All our tutors are practicing artists with diverse studio practices that cover the broad range of ideas in contemporary art. Anna Reading is the course leader, with whom you will have weekly tutorials. Your other tutors will depend on the direction you wish your practice to take. We also have a visiting lecturer programme that includes artists, alumni and curators.

Tutor Contact Time

Each week students will receive a minimum of 18 hours taught tutor contact time alongside the one-to-one tutorial with your assigned personal tutor. In discussion with a personal tutor each term students will have the opportunity to select which classes they wish to enrol on. With a small cohort every student will receive the support they require to reach their creative potential.

Group Crits

The relaxed and informal format of the crit provides a chance to show works in progress and share ideas that are still developing, without the pressures of formal presentation. Group Crits will be held each week and students are expected to attend.

Final Exhibition

At the end of the course students work will be assessed by the External Examiner through a Portfolio Submission and Final Public Exhibition in the HSoA Gallery.

End Year Exhibition work by Mahshid Alaghband

End of Year Exhibition work by Kerri McEvoy

End of Year exhibition work by Abi Yentis

Artist Studios & Gallery Visits

The course offers the rare opportunity for intimate studio visits to internationally acclaimed artists. In the last 18 months we have visited the studios of Philip King PRA, Gerry Judah, David Breuer Weil and Zadoc Ben David.
Advanced Course students are encouraged to attend and participate in our organised gallery and museum visits. In the last twelve months students have visited major institutions including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Royal Academy, V&A, British Museum, Imperial War Museum along with visits to various private galleries.

Student visit to Zadoc Ben-David's studio

Student visit to Gerry Judah's studio

External Exhibition Opportunities & Collaborations

As part of their professional development we offer students the opportunity to participate in our external collaborations. Recently these have included a Waste Not project working with Gail's Bakeries across London and the Hampstead Village Giant Eggs Public Sculpture event. Students also have the opportunity to exhibit work in Central London as part of our Hampstead Artists Council Exhibiting Membership.

Hampstead Giant Egg by student Amy Patton Prevost

Student Bhumija Dipti Panchal's solo exhibition at Nehru Centre, Mayfair

Field Trips

We like to introduce students to different learning environments, whether this be drawing on Hampstead Heath or visiting the Henry Moore Studio and Gardens. This Summer students have the opportunity to visit to Verrocchio Art Centre in Tuscany. The costs for visits outside London are not included in the course fee.

Further Study & Alumni

Recent students have gone onto to postgraduate study at Central St.Martins, Chelsea School of Art, whilst others have received recognition for their studio practice with exhibitions and commissions.

Painting by Alumni Raoul Orzabal, which won the 2019 Art Gemini Prize

Forum by Alistair MacKinnon, who is a current Masters student at Chelsea School of Art

Entry Requirements

Applications are open from January with interviews for the next academic year taking place in May. On occasion late applications are accepted. Ideally, we would like to see a portfolio of work that relates to your application. This should be no more than 10 digital images. However, as a non-for-profit charity our aims and objectives are to expand on the philosophy of Joseph Beuys and reach out to anyone who wishes to explore and discover art and design. As such applications are reviewed on an individual basis so if you are interested in taking the course please call or email the office to discuss your position.

Opportunities for all

We welcome applications from mature students who are looking to explore their artistic potential in a sustained learning environment. Each year our student cohort is a diverse group of ages, languages and ethnicities. For students for whom English is not their first language we can offer private tuition. This supplementary cost will give the student the support to sit the IELTS level 6.0 exam, which is a currently a minimum requirement for postgraduate study at the majority of academic institutions in the UK.


The course fee is £7,500. A one off, non-refundable registration fee of £100 is payable on acceptance to the course and an £150 examination fee due in May. Fees are to be paid in full in July before the Autumn Term.