COVID-19 update

As we always prioritise the health and wellbeing of staff and students, the evolving COVID-19 outbreak caused the Art School to close all facilities to staff and students, from 6pm, Tuesday 17 March.

The Art School remains committed to delivering quality educational experiences, that facilitate progression and successful graduation. So, whilst our buildings are closed, the Art School remains active with staff working remotely and teaching online. We will re-open the buildings as soon as we are able to do so in accordance with government guidance.

We urge both staff and students to follow the latest guidance from Public Health England. Follow these links for full and up-to-date health guidance and government measures to suppress the spread of coronavirus.

Information for current students

For detailed information on: registering any coronavirus symptoms; your online teaching provision; travel outside the UK; and visas & immigration, please go to Moodle.

Information for applicants for 2020/21

We expect our 2020/21 courses to run as planned from autumn 2020. Places are still available on all courses. You can find out more about each course by following the links:

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
BA (Hons) Fine Art
MA Fine Art
BA (Hons) Historic Carving: Woodcarving & Gilding
BA (Hons) Historic Carving: Architectural Stone
PgDip/MA Carving
BA (Hons) Conservation: Stone, Wood & Decorative Surfaces
BA (Hons) Conservation: Books & Paper
MA Conservation
MA Art & Material Histories

If you have an interview arranged, our Admissions Team will be in contact to explain the alternative arrangements put in place.

If you are an international student and have accepted a place at the Art School commencing in 2020/21, please keep yourself informed about the current position with regards to travel and visa processing centre availability. You can contact the Coronavirus Immigration Hotline (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) on +44 (0)800 678 1767 or email

Our open days will recommence once the buildings re-open but in the meantime, we are conducting open day sessions online. You can arrange your online open day here.

If you are ready to apply for a course, you can find application information and downloadable forms here.

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

Continue to stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

– a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

– a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home. Please see government advice about self-isolation.

If you are unable to cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition worsens, you can use the NHS 111 online coronavirus (COVID-19) service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

If someone in your household develops COVID-19 symptoms, all other members of the household need to stay at home for 14 days.

How to avoid catching coronavirus

Public Health England and the NHS advise the following measures to stay healthy:

– wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

– use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

– do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

– cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

– put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

– maintain social distancing – stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people, when you go outside.



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