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Information for Graduate Diploma Art & Design students: July 2020 entry

A move to online teaching at the College

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, like other institutions and organisations around the world, the College has closed all our buildings and we have moved teaching and learning for all our Programmes online for the Summer term 2019/20.

The health and safety of our students and staff is at the heart of all our decisions at this challenging, unprecedented time. We are pleased though that students from some 60 countries around the world are actively engaging in our programmes and talking to our teaching staff online. The current Graduate Diploma students are participating successfully online from their own homes.

Online teaching for the Graduate Diploma 13 July – 12 March, with a move to face to face teaching when it is safe

With the coronavirus situation continuing to impact every part of College life, we have decided to teach the first part of the Graduate Diploma online. This means that all teaching and learning for you from 13 July to 30 October will be online. 

If UK Government advice allows us and it is safe to do so – we plan if at all possible to undertake the second part of the Graduate Diploma from 9 November 2020 to 12 March 2021 in our buildings, with face to face teaching and learning opportunities. We must stress that we will only be able to allow our students and staff to enter our buildings and engage in College teaching onsite if government advice allows this – and it is safe to do so. We will give you plenty of notice of when we plan to invite you to join us on campus to enable you to plan visas, travel arrangements etc.

We very much hope that all our Graduate Diploma students will be able to join us physically in London for the second part of our Programme from 9 November However, if you are unable to join us at our campus in person, we will commit to you being able to continue to participate in our teaching and learning online.

Visa arrangements and English Language tests

As the first part of your Programme will be undertaken remotely, you will not need a visa for this part of your studying at the College. We will aim to issue you with a CAS, to enable you to obtain a visa, in time for the second part of the programme, subject to visa centres re-opening around the world. 

We will however still need you to provide evidence of English language standard. We plan to accept some accredited online tests and will write to students separately about this shortly.

Further, in letting you know about the arrangements for the first part of your Programme, this will help you in terms of planning and remove anxieties about travelling during the restrictions and, indeed, finding somewhere to live in London. 

Next Steps

Our Graduate Diploma academic team are looking forward to meeting you online before the Programme starts. They will be inviting you to a pre-course webinar in June and will also email you shortly with details of our inductions programme and course schedule. 

You can find further information about Graduate Diploma Art & Design here.

We will continue to update you about your studies as the Covid-19 situation develops. In the meantime, if you would like any further information or to update us on your plans, please contact us at [email protected].