Art Academy East offers a range of accredited art and design courses structured to promote independent creativity and encourage learners to develop their own artistic style. As a centre for art in Norwich, it provides accessible, skills based courses with a strong focus on developing technical knowledge and ability. AAE provides the solid foundation needed to go on to higher education and carve out fulfilling and successful careers within the art industry.


UAL Level 2 Diploma - Art & Design

Adult Learners    Funded

A one year accredited study program aimed at adult learners with an interest in art and design. Ideal for those wishing to extend their experience in working creatively whilst exploring a range of artistic techniques and skills. 

Advanced Artist Diploma

All - Self Funded

A two year, six module course aimed at learners wishing to move towards working professionally as an exhibiting fine artist or looking to build a strong foundation to equip themselves for a Fine Art Degree Level application.

Leisure Art Courses - Range of mediums


Fun and friendly courses aimed at beginners and those with some experience. Learners work with a variety of mediums, subjects and techniques following a step by step program. Demonstrations and one to one guidance. 


An inspiring and creative art centre in Norfolk -

AAE offers dedicated studio space where creative learning comes easily. Currently the centre has a large main teaching. The art studio is flooded with light and provides ample space for creative endeavours.


We are proud of the supportive and inclusive learning environment that we have created at Art Academy East. We strive to accommodate a wide spectrum of learning styles and educational needs. We believe that education is and should be accessible to all and aim to remove all barriers to learning that face many young people and adults today.

— Claire Frances Smith, Owner & Course Leader


A place to grow and succeed -

Art Academy East is led by successful artist, Claire Frances Smith. Her wealth of knowledge, industry expertise and teaching experience is the heart of the college and the key to it's success. She is supported by a team of talented and professional tutors who all share her passion for art. Students continue to thrive in AAE's creative environment. Take a look at some examples of our student's work...

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