& Guilds of
London Art School is an independent organisation and operates entirely
without public funding. That being said, we are committed to providing
access to our courses on the basis of talent and not just
affordability, and to helping students identify the sources of funding
available to them.
If you are a UK student on one of our BA (Hons) degree courses, and you don't already hold an undergraduate degree, you are eligible to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company. These loans cover both tuition fees and maintenance. Please note that this will only cover up to Â£6000 of your fees. Further information on all aspects of student funding is available at: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance and www.sfengland.slc.co.uk
If you are a student from another EU country and have been a resident in the UK for a minimum of three years you will also be entitled to a loan towards your tuition fees. However, you will not normally be eligible for student maintenance loans or maintenance grants, although there are exceptions to this rule. For further information please consult www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance-eu.
Please note that the availability of student loan funding is subject to annual approval in line with the conditions for course designation set by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
and Career Development Loans
A Professional and Career Development Loan can help pay for learning that enhances job skills or career prospects. This is a bank loan which is paid back when a course has been completed, however, you do not pay interest for the period when you are in learning. A number of our full-time courses are registered with the Learning Skill Council for such loans. Please note that the loan usually covers a maximum of two years. To find out if you are eligible and how to go about applying please visit www.direct.gov.uk/PCDL or contact National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Each year, the School provides financial support through bursaries and scholarships. These are funded from funds specifically raised for this purpose from a wide range of charitable sources and our own investment income. Bursaries and scholarships are awarded on the basis of demonstrable need and ability, subject to restrictions that have been imposed by the donors of funds. In 2012/13, we were able to support 60 students with a total of Â£170k. As a general rule, the maximum amount awarded could be of 50% of the tuition fee for any particular year. Please note that bursary funding is not currently available for students on the Foundation Diploma course.
In addition to our own bursary support, we are also able to advise students on their own search for financial support from external sources (such a trust and foundations and livery companies) which provide grants and scholarships to individual students.
Should you wish to be considered for bursary support please speak to the General Office or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application form. The annual deadline for bursary funding applications from students finishing their 1st and 2nd years is 30 May for the academic year starting the following October (this also applies for students in the MA course). The deadline for applications from 1st year students in the BA and Diploma courses is 29 November.