Easter Schools

Easter Schools

The UCA Virtual Easter Schools are the perfect way to support the development of your portfolio. They are suitable for students considering studying creative courses at college or university.

Our Easter Schools are free to attend but to apply, you need to be aged 14 - 17 and be able to attend the whole programme.

During the Easter School experience, you will be taken through a range of creative disciplines, get to explore new ideas and create pieces for your portfolio.

These four day online Easter schools will give a taster into five strands on the Foundation/Further Education programmes: Fine Art, 3D, Visual Communications, Fashion and Moving Image, through experimental approaches. This jam packed practical programme, will navigate playful approaches in print, construction, animation and mark making as well as structured tools to develop portfolios ready for Further Education. The sessions will enable students to further their individual ideas through a range of skills, mediums and concepts as well as facilitating ways of connecting and collaborating through remote/online making.

Online Participation

Our Easter Schools will take place within an online classroom on Blackboard Collaborate, a secure platform which is used by University for the Creative Arts (UCA).

You may wish to participate via audio, though this is not a requirement and we recommend participation via the chat/messaging function on the page. You will not use a webcam or participate via video. All sessions will be monitored and supervised by University of the Creative Arts employees and will be recorded to allow for multiple viewings by students on the course. 

Participants will be sent a secure link to the virtual classroom and this will ensure that only students with an approved place on the Easter School and UCA employees will have access to the room. 

Dates and times

We are running 2 Easter Schools that will run for 4 days each:

Our 1st Easter School will be led by Creative Workshop Tutor, Coral Brookes, on the following days:

  • Tuesday 6 April 
  • Wednesday 7 April 
  • Thursday 8 April 
  • Friday 9 April  

Timings for both Easter Schools are the following:

10:00 - 12:00 Workshop on Blackboard Collaborate classroom

12:00 - 15:00 Self led study with activities

15:00 - 16:00 Session on Blackboard Collaborate classroom

Our 2nd Easter School will be led by Creative Worksop Tutor, Georgia De Buriatte, on the following days:

  • Monday 12 April 
  • Tuesday 13 April 
  • Thursday 15 April 
  • Friday 16 April  

How to Apply

Applications for our Online Easter Schools are now open. If you would like to apply for one of our Easter Schools 2021, please complete the application form.

The deadline to apply is midday on Friday 19th March. We will contact you via email to confirm your place once the deadline has passed.

Useful Information

  • Admissions Criteria

    UCA’s Easter School is suitable for students who are studying or have an interest in creative subjects and would like to develop their skills and portfolio. Easter Schools are Online. Applicants applying must be aged 14 to 17 and be able to attend the full three or four-day programme.

    The aim of the Easter School is to provide an opportunity for young people to access free art & design tuition within a higher education environment to support them in the development of their portfolio of work. The Easter School is also designed for students who may not otherwise have the chance to access such an opportunity. 

    Priority will be given to applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria:

    • are first generation in their family to study at higher education level (e.g. Degree, HND, HNC)
    • are currently eligible for Free School Meals
    • come from a neighbourhood with low overall progression rates to higher education (determined by postcode using POLAR 3 data)
    • are from a black or minority ethnic (BAME) background
    • are in, or have lived under local authority care
    • have caring responsibilities for a family member
    • have a disability
    • attend a KaMCOP, KMPF or HEON partnered school (a list of eligible schools is included below)
    • live in HEON or KaMCOP target postcode area
    • have not previously attended a UCA Easter School programme
    • have applied to study the Extended Diploma in Art & Design at UCA and have been referred by a UCA Academic 

    Allocation will also be based on your personal statement, where we would like to see an evident passion for the subject and an interest in studying a creative subject at a higher level.

    This information will be gathered via UCA’s Easter School programme application form and will be assessed by the University’s Outreach Manager and Outreach Officer.

    Once the application deadline has passed, we will consider all applications against the priority criteria listed above to determine who will be offered a place. A decision will be sent in writing to confirm whether a place on the programme has been secured, and successful applicants will be asked to confirm their place in writing. Where the programmes are oversubscribed, unplaced applicants who meet the criteria outlined above will be kept on a waiting list and allocated spaces should they become available.

    If an applicant decides not to accept their offer, they must inform the Outreach Manager via email as soon as possible so spaces can be reallocated where possible.  

  • Data Protection

    UCA processes data in accordance with the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR). 
    The university's data protection policies and privacy notices can be viewed here

    The policies which apply to the Easter Schools are: 
    Outreach & Widening Participation
    The Application Privacy Notice

    You have the right to review information held about you. If you would like to do so or to notify us of a change of your details, please email admissions@uca.ac.uk.  If, you believe there is no legitimate reason for us to continue processing your data and wish us to delete it, please contact the Data Protection Officer dpo@uca.ac.uk

  • Disclaimer

    UCA reserves the right to amend or cancel part or all of the programme. In the event of any changes, applicants/participants and their parents/carers will be notified accordingly.

    We endeavour to provide a high quality experience to all our Easter School participants. Should any applicant or participant have any feedback or wish to make a complaint then they can do so in writing via email or post using the details below:

    Email: teachers@uca.ac.uk

    Outreach Manager
    UCA Farnham
    Falkner Road
    GU9 7DS


  • Eligible Partnered Schools - Kent
    • Ashford and West Kent College
    • Astor College
    • Brockhill Park Performing Arts College
    • Brompton Academy
    • Canterbury College
    • Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School
    • Cornwallis Academy
    • Dane Court Grammar School
    • Dartford Science & Technology College
    • Dover Christ Church Academy
    • Dover Grammar School For Boys
    • Dover Grammar School For Girls
    • East Kent College
    • Fulston Manor School
    • Goodwin Academy
    • Greenacre Academy
    • Hadlow College
    • Hartsdown Academy
    • Herne Bay High School
    • Highsted Grammar School
    • Highworth Grammar School
    • Hillview School For Girls
    • Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre
    • Hugh Christie Technology College
    • King Ethelbert School
    • Longfield Academy
    • MidKent College
    • New Line Learning Academy
    • Northfleet School For Girls
    • Northfleet Technology College
    • Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey
    • Orchards Academy
    • Rainham School For Girls
    • Saint George's Church Of England School
    • Sandwich Technology School
    • Spires Academy
    • St Anselm's Catholic School
    • St Augustine's Academy 
    • St Edmund's Catholic School
    • St George's Church Of England Foundation School
    • St John's Catholic Comprehensive School
    • Strood Academy
    • Thamesview School
    • The Abbey School
    • The Charles Dickens School
    • The Community College Whitstable
    • The Ebbsfleet Academy
    • The Folkestone Academy
    • The Folkestone School For Girls
    • The Harvey Grammar School
    • The Holmesdale School
    • The John Wallis Church Of England Academy
    • The Leigh Academy
    • The Leigh UTC
    • The Malling School
    • The Maplesden Noakes School
    • The Marsh Academy
    • The North School
    • The Norton Knatchbull School
    • The Robert Napier School
    • The Royal Harbour Academy
    • The Sittingbourne Community College
    • The Turner School
    • The Victory Academy
    • Towers School and Sixth Form Centre
    • Ursuline College
    • Valley Park School
    • Walderslade Girls' School
    • Westlands School
    • Wilmington Academy
  • Eligible Partnered Schools - Surrey
    • Alderwood Senior School
    • All Hallows Catholic School
    • Ash Manor School
    • Brooklands College
    • Chertsey High School
    • Christ's College, Guildford
    • Collingwood College
    • Cove School
    • Farnborough College of Technology
    • Farnham Heath End School
    • Farnham Sixth Form College
    • Fernhill School
    • George Abbot School
    • Guildford College of Further and Higher Education
    • Hoe Valley School
    • Jubilee High School
    • Kings College for the Arts and Technology
    • Merrist Wood College
    • NESCOT College
    • Salesian School, Chertsey
    • Samuel Cody School
    • St John the Baptist Catholic Comprehensive School, Woking
    • St Paul's Catholic College
    • St Peter's Catholic School
    • Strodes College
    • The Beacon School
    • The Bishop Wand Church of England School
    • The Magna Carta School
    • The Matthew Arnold School
    • The Sixth Form College Farnborough
    • The Wavell School
    • Thomas Knyvett College
    • Winston Churchill School
    • Woking College
    • Woking High School

Any questions?

If you have any queries regarding the 2021 Easter Schools, please email: