When can I start my course?
For long courses (12 weeks and up), we take on new students in May, September and January. It is sometimes possible to accommodate students starting outside these dates, however, so do get in touch if you’d like to discuss a different start date. For week-long and weekend courses, click here to view our upcoming courses.
How are the courses taught?
The courses are taught in small groups of around 5 students, so you’ll get plenty of one-on-one time with the tutors. There are talks and lectures by Marc Fish and by Theo Cook, who are on hand as tutors. Students typically complete 3-4 projects over a one year course, which are designed by the students with guidance from tutors, but can be set by tutors if a student wants to solely focus on making. There are also occasional guest lectures and trips to exhibitions.
Will the course qualify me to set up my own business?
We have had students from the 12 week course set up businesses, but if this is your aim, we’d suggest the 1 year course as a better option. They are ideal if you’re looking for a career change, or if you’re a student looking to build a business out of your passion. If you’re interested in doing this, we can cover business subjects, including accountancy, legislation, and marketing. Plenty of our students have gone on to start their own business!
What happens after I finish my course?
Setting up your own workshop can take time, particularly as it can be expensive. If you’d like to carry on with your woodwork after the course, we have benches available to hire on a part time or full time basis. You could run your business from here, or use it and our equipment until you are able to set up your own workshop. You could also gain work elsewhere, using the portfolio you will have built up during your time with us.
Do I need experience to apply for one of your courses?
Not at all! Our long courses are designed to cover everything, right from the basics, and most of our students join us without experience. If you have a little experience and have taken a few courses, our course may still be right for you as we offer an opportunity to expand on your knowledge and get a lot of practice in. If you have some experience and aren’t sure if our course is right, please get in touch and we can discuss it further.
Do you accept international students?
Yes! However, if you are from outside the EU it can be difficult getting a VISA for longer than 6 months, so we would recommend the 20 week course so you can get the most out of your time here.
Are there any funding options available?
Unfortunately, there are not many options available for student loans or grants, and the majority of our students are self-funded. However, you could look into the Professional Career and Development Loan. This is a loan offered by the government of between £300 and £10,000. You will need to pay interest on this loan and start repayment from one month after the course finishes. Please research further through the Gov website as we cannot advise further on these loans.
Can I come and visit you?
Yes, please do! We are located in Newhaven, Brighton, which is just over an hour from London by train. Please contact us to arrange a time to come and visit us.
Where is the studio?We are located in Newhaven, which is just outside of Brighton, and just over an hour away from London by train. We are also right on the South coast, close to the sea!
Can you recommend accommodation for students?There are plenty of places to stay in the surrounding areas, including bed & breakfasts and homes you can rent while you stay here. Please view our list of recommended accommodation here. (PDF 263Kb)
Will I need a car to get to the studio?No. The studio is a short walk from a nearby train station and there is a bus stop close by.
What can I do in my spare time?There is plenty to do in the area, so there’s no risk of you getting bored if you stay for one of our long courses! Brighton is a busy city that’s popular with tourists, with lots of events and festivals throughout the year. We’re also close to the beach and surrounded by the beautiful Sussex countryside. We’re close to London too, where there is plenty to see and do.
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