Advanced Artist Diploma

Created and developed with aspiring professional artists in mind, this is a six-module course spanning two academic years. Course content covers a wide range of fine art practical workshops for 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.


Course content

Modules carry a mix of technical, professional and reflective tasks and information. Year one focuses on technical skills, ideas creation and reflection. Year two develops these further but also contains more specific information about working towards professional standards, marketing and promotion. The expectations of galleries, exhibition and competition organisers are addressed, as well as directions on how to approach interior designers and work directly with customers.

Students will be offered a series of information packed sessions involving demonstration, videos, presentations and talks. They will be expected to take part in structured fine art painting exercises that will stretch their current knowledge and help them to work towards the quality of work required by commercial galleries, publishers and agents. Students can aim to create a professional portfolio of work to showcase their skills. This can then be used to promote themselves or seek entry into Higher Education Fine Art Degree courses.


teaching and assessment

This is a six-module course spanning two academic years.

Assessment will take the form of regular verbal feedback and termly written feedback. One to one tutorials will take place where appropriate. There are no formal exams for this course but each module must be passed to achieve the full Diploma.


How many UCAS points is this course worth?

Please note this is a non-accredited course and in a similar way to the year zero provided by university study attracts no UCAS points. However, an Art Academy East Advanced Study Fine Art Diploma Certificate will be issued at the end of year two if all modules have been completed.

Can I go straight onto University from this course?

This course is delivered at a Level 3-4 and students would be developing work that could be used for application to Higher Education as an adult learner. Please check with individual Universities as to their admissions criteria.

How many days will I be in College?

Attendance - 1 day per week 10.00 am till 4.00 pm - Thursdays

How many hours of work will I do at home?

At least one or more days of self- study are required.

Do I need to buy all my materials? 

There will be a fee of £200 per year payable to Art Academy East Ltd for materials, printing and trip. Students are welcome to use the studio resources ie paints, paper, mediums etc but are expected to provide their own brushes, canvases and protective clothing. A selection of oils, acrylics and watercolours will  be made available as well as pencils, charcoal, masking tape, easels, use of computers etc. Learners will need their own resources to complete work in own study time. Advice will be provided throughout the course on materials. The college provides art materials at a reduced rate and students will be provided with their own discount card.


Year 1 - £2500 – Paid termly at £833.33 (Discounted to £2400 if paid in full in advance)

Year 2 - £2500 – Paid termly at £833.33 (Discounted to £2400 if paid in full in advance)

Fees for this course do not qualify for public funding so must be self funded.


Applicants will be assessed for suitability on individual merit and commitment but prior learning to Level 2/Level 3 Diploma or equivalent is preferred.


You will not be eligible to apply for a Student Loan or Government Funding to pay for this course. Students must be self funded.