& Taster Days
Our Summer Schools and Taster Days are led by experienced creative practitioners. They give you a chance to develop a portfolio of work.
The programmes equip you with new skills to help build your confidence and ability to express your ideas and hone your creative practice.
All our Summer events are free to participate in and materials are provided to anyone allocated a place.
If you are taking part you must be living in the UK for the duration of the course.
Find out here about applying, eligibility and more useful information.
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UCA’s Summer Schools are suitable for students who are studying or have an interest in creative subjects and would like to develop their skills and portfolio.
The aim of the course is to provide an opportunity for young people to access free art and design tuition from a higher education institution to support them in the development of their portfolio of work. It's 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 the 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 or Summer School programme
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 Summer Schools application form and will be assessed by the University’s Regions & Partnerships Manager and Widening Participation Administrator.
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 UCA staff via email as soon as possible so spaces can be reallocated where possible: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Astor Secondary School
- Aylesford School
- Brockhill Park Performing Arts College
- Brompton Academy
- Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School
- Cornwallis Academy
- Dartford Science & Technology College
- Dover Christ Church Academy
- Folkestone Academy
- Fulston Manor School
- Greenacre Academy
- Hartsdown Academy
- Herne Bay High School
- Hugh Christie School
- New Line Learning Academy
- Northfleet School for Girls
- Northfleet Technology College
- Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey
- Orchards Academy
- PGW Partnership of Greenacre and Walderslade
- Saint George's Church of England School - Gravesend
- Sandwich Technology School
- Spires Academy
- St Anselm's Catholic School, Canterbury
- St Augustine Academy
- St Edmund's Catholic School
- St George's Church of England Foundation School - Broadstairs
- St John's Catholic Comprehensive
- Strood Academy
- Thamesview School
- The Abbey School
- The Canterbury Academy
- The Charles Dickens School
- The Ebbsfleet Academy
- The Holmesdale School
- The John Wallis Church of England Academy
- The Leigh Academy
- The Leigh UTC
- The Malling School
- The Marsh Academy
- The North School
- The Robert Napier School
- The Royal Harbour Academy
- The Sittingbourne School
- The Victory Academy
- The Whitstable School
- Towers School and Sixth Form Centre
- Turner Free School
- Ursuline College
- Walderslade Girls' School
- Westlands School
- 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
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 Summer Schools are:
Outreach & Widening Participation
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Summer 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: