Silver Arts Award - Canterbury

Year Group: Year 10, 11, 12 & 13
Date: 30th July - 10th August 2018
Location: UCA Canterbury
Cost: Free

This two week non-residential Summer School will give you the opportunity to experience a variety of creative disciplines and create a substantial and diverse portfolio of work.

You will explore a variety of new techniques and skills in a creative carousel of activities including fine art, jewellery and product design, 3D design, textiles, photography and printmaking. You will meet practicing artists, use specialist equipment and materials, take part in exciting creative workshops, create collaborative artworks, and experience the local arts scene through trips to galleries, exhibitions or arts events.

You will produce a varied portfolio of work that will be yours to keep, and be given the chance to achieve Silver Level Arts Award – a Level 2 qualification that is a great addition to your CV and for progression into creative education and careers.

At the end of this summer school you’ll collaborate with others in planning and delivering a group art exhibition, where family and friends can come along and see your creations.

Apply for the Silver Art Award Canterbury Summer School

Who can apply?

This summer school is free to attend and is supported by the Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme (KaMCOP), part of the National Collaborative Outreach Project (NCOP), to improve access to higher education. 

Priority will be given to students in Years 11-13 (but we will accept applications from Year 10 students), who attend a KaMCOP partner school/college or live within a KaMCOP target ward.

You can view the full KaMCOP eligibility criteria here.

If we have additional spaces, places will be allocated according the UCA outreach summer school criteria as stated below:

Admissions Criteria

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • aged 16-18;
  • be able to attend the full two-week programme


The aim of the Summer Schools is to provide an opportunity for young people to access free art & design tuition within a higher education environment to support them in the development of their portfolio of work. The Summer Schools are also designed for students who may not otherwise have the chance to access such an opportunity. 

As such, priority will be given to applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Would be the first generation in their family to study at higher education level (e.g. Degree, HND, HNC)
  • Are currently eligible for Free School Meals
  • Come from a neighbourhood with low overall progression rates to higher education (determined by postcode using POLAR 3 data)
  • Are from a black or minority ethnic (BAME) background
  • Are in, or have lived under, local authority care
  • Have caring responsibilities for a family member
  • Have a disabilityAttend one of our eligible partnered schools in Kent or Surrey
  • Have not previously attended a UCA Summer School programme.


Where specified, allocation will also be based on your personal statement, where we would like to see an evident passion for the subject and an interest in studying a creative subject at a higher level. 

This information will be gathered via UCA’s Summer School programme application form and will be assessed by the University’s Schools Engagement & Outreach Manager and Collaborative Outreach Manager.

Once the application deadline has passed, we will consider all applications against the priority criteria listed above to determine who will be offered a place. A decision will be sent in writing to confirm whether a place on the programme has been secured, and successful applicants will be asked to confirm their place in writing. Where the programmes are oversubscribed, unplaced applicants who meet the criteria outlined above will be kept on a waiting list and allocated spaces should they become available.

If an applicant decides not to accept their offer, they must inform the Schools Engagement & Outreach Manager via email as soon as possible so spaces can be re-allocated where possible.