How to Apply
Applications for the Diploma Year 2023-24 are now open.
The majority of places are offered as a result of applying during the first phase. Please contact the Diploma Year office if you would like further clarification of the application process.
First Phase applications have now closed. Second Phase applications are now open and close on 20th March 2023. Shortlisted second phase applicants will be invited to attend an interview on 3rd, 4th April 2023.
Third phase applications close on 2nd May 2023.
The first step is to complete the online application form and submit a digital portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org. Both the digital portfolio and application form must be submitted before 22nd February 2023.
Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to interview and should present their physical portfolio and sketchbooks for discussion. Interviews will take place in person at our Trinity Buoy Wharf studios. The interview is a 20-minute friendly conversation about you and your portfolio, and an opportunity for you to ask us questions.
DIGITAL PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION INFORMATION
For your digital portfolio you will need to create a PDF containing 20 high-resolution photographs of your work and email it to email@example.com The works should include:
• 10 drawings in dry media (e.g., graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastel, Conté, pencil).
• 10 additional works in other media (e.g., painting, photography, sculpture, animation*, print).
These works must have been created within the past three years.
Within the 20-image limit, you may include images from sketchbook pages. However, if possible, please try to limit this to 4 images.
Animators may submit 2 short video files included within their additional works via a link (that does not require a password). Please limit each video file to 2 minutes / max 8MB per video.
Each image must be labelled in the following way: Title of Work, Dimensions, Medium. i.e., Untitled, 25x25, Pencil On Paper (dimensions should be calculated in centimetres). Please be prepared to present these works along with further sketchbooks at interview if you are shortlisted.
Applicants will be shortlisted by our interview panel which includes the Director and Core Tutors. They will present a physical portfolio of their work, including the digital submission. Applicants should present sketchbooks and 3D works if appropriate.
PORTFOLIO FOR INTERVIEW
The portfolio should display a sense of personal investigation through a range of drawing, painting, and mixed media. Your work should demonstrate an interest in skill and process and include examples of:
• Drawings that express a sustained interest in the world around you.
• Works that demonstrate an ability to apply ideas across a range of materials and media. You should include photographic evidence of any 3D work, sculpture, or larger pieces where applicable.
• You are encouraged to include sketchbooks in your portfolio.
• Evidence of an interest in developing skills.
• Information on the materials you have used, scale and size of the work.
If you are invited for interview, we will ask to see the work presented in your digital portfolio along with new work, sketchbooks and evidence of inspiration and research.
For more information and all enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44(0)2075369688