Notes for MA & Post Experience Programme Applicants

Application form

Fill in the online form, making sure that you complete each section fully. Incomplete forms will not be accepted. Forms must be submitted online by 28 February 2022.

When filling the application form, please be sure to submit a passport photo, not your passport ID page (as below).

As places on the courses are limited, early applications are strongly encouraged. If you have used additional sheets, please make sure that they are clearly marked with your name and intended course and that they are securely attached to the application form.

Forward the Confidential Statement by Referee form to your referee(s) as soon as possible. Be sure to fill in your name and the title of your intended course before you forward it.

Your referee should email the form directly to the Registrar by 28 February 2022. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will only accept reference forms via email.

Fees and Maintenance


£6,500 per annum for UK students

£10,000 per annum for Overseas students

An application fee of £30 must be submitted with the application form. Those who are eligible to be considered for the Commonwealth Heritage Forum funding should contact the Registrar for a discount code for the application fee. If accepted a non refundable deposit of 20% of the first year fees must be paid by 9 July 2021. The remaining fees are expected to be paid by the beginning of each academic year which is non-refundable except in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the School. No award can be made until all fees are paid. Cheques should be made out to ‘The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts’.


Allow for an estimated expenditure of £15,000 per academic year for living expenses. This will vary according to the cost of rent and travel.

Choosing a Referee

Since your referee is requested to provide an academic reference, you are advised to choose someone who is familiar with your work and who understands the demands of the course that you are planning to undertake. They should be able to comment in detail on your qualifications, ability, motivation and character, so it may be helpful to choose someone who has known you for some time. Candidates with a UK undergraduate degree or recognised equivalent will have to provide a copy of their certificate and transcript as evidence.

Candidates with no undergraduate will need to provide two references which should comment specifically on the role that the student has undertaken e.g. job title, dates of employment, nature of the work, providing evidence of specific experience relevant to the course and a detailed CV which demonstrates your suitability to study the course e.g. specific employment dates, job titles, descriptions of tasks undertaken in employment etc.

Entrance Requirements and Portfolios

Applicants are required to submit original artwork as part of their application as well as a statement outlining an individual course of study. The application portfolio should present a study of the traditional art form that the candidate wishes to be assessed by and should include relevant visual work e.g. drawings, paintings and, if appropriate, 3-D forms. Candidates requiring more specific advice should contact the Registrar.

Portfolios should be sent directly to the Registrar via a file sharing service such as Dropbox or Wetransfer. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are not asking for physical portfolios at this time.

All portfolios must arrive by 28 February 2022. They should be clearly labeled with the applicant’s name and intended course and be accompanied by a list detailing the contents of the portfolio. If not intending to collect portfolios personally, applicants should also enclose a cheque to cover the full cost of the return carriage and insurance.


Attendance at all lectures, seminars, course tutorials, studio sessions, and other appointments is mandatory. Attendance is an assessable part of each course.

English Language Requirements

All courses are in English. All offers of places are conditional until an applicant has officially satisfied the specific English language requirements of the course. Official test certificates should reach the School no later than 6 weeks before the start of an applicant’s intended course. Failure to meet the deadline may mean that the place is offered to another candidate. The requirements are as follows:

A minimum of an overall band of 6.0 with individual scores of not less than 5.5 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing on the IELTS test from a recognised UKVI centre will be required from all candidates whose first language is not English.

You can find helpful information on the UKVI website.