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At present, the Institute accepts 2 to 3 students every two years. The current recruitment round is now open for admission in September 2020. The deadline for application is 3 December 2019.


Interviews will be held in February or March 2020. The exact date will be published here when it is known.

Candidates must bring a portfolio showing evidence of manual skill and ability. In addition to a panel interview, there will be a short test on their knowledge of the History of Western Art as well as a test involving colour matching and related skills.

Application Procedure

Application is made via the Graduate Admissions Office at the University of Cambridge and here is a direct link to the Diploma Course. In summary, you will need to arrange to provide:

  • a completed application form.
  • 2 academic references.
  • academic transcripts.
  • evidence of your competence in English (only in the case where English is not your native language). 
  • a personal statement explaining your motivation for the Diploma course and details of any employment or other non-academic experience relevant to the field.

Admission Deadline

31 August 2020, though it is expected that any offers of places will be confirmed by July 2020.

Please note that many funding deadlines are earlier than the course application deadline.




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