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The Institute normally accepts 2 to 3 students every two years. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that we have had to delay the 2020 intake of students by one year. This means that we are exceptionally recruiting for 1 additional Diploma student for admission in September 2021. The current application is now open with a deadline of 3 December 2020.

 Interviews will be held in February or March 2021. The exact date will be published here when it is known, as will be the format.

Candidates must bring/submit a portfolio showing evidence of manual skill and ability. In addition to a panel interview, there will be a short test on knowledge of the History of Western Art as well as a test involving colour matching and related skills and a short evaluation of the candidate's writing 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 July 2021, though it is expected that any offers of places will be confirmed by June 2021.

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




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