Saturday Club

The National Art & Design Saturday Club at UCA offers young people aged 13-16 the unique opportunity to study art and design free of charge

Run in partnership with the Sorrel Foundation, the 20 week programme focuses on drawing, composition, sketching and complex projects such as printing, photography and costume design.

The programme also includes a trip to London galleries and a masterclass delivered by a practitioner from the UK’s creative industries.

The end of the Saturday Club year is marked by an exhibition at Somerset House, where all club members across the country exhibit together.

Please see information below for more details:

  • Admissions Criteria

    UCA’s National Art & Design Saturday Club is suitable for students who are studying or have an interest in creative subjects and would like to develop their skills and portfolio.

    To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

    • be aged 13-16
    • be able to attend the whole 20-week programme and final exhibition.

    The aim of the Saturday Club is to provide an opportunity of free art & design tuition within a higher education environment to students who may not otherwise have the chance to access such opportunity. This may include students who have little or no experience of Higher Education in their family. 

    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 (BME) background
    • Are in, or have lived under local authority care
    • Have caring responsibilities for a family member
    • Have a disability
    • Have not previously attended a UCA Saturday Club programme.

    This information will be gathered via UCA’s Saturday Club programme application form and will be assessed by the University’s Schools Engagement & Outreach Manager and Market Development 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.  

  • Data Protection

    UCA processes data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. We  will process the personal data contained in your application form, or other personal data we obtain subsequently, for purposes connected with your application, your health and safety and other purposes connected to the legitimate business of the University. This information will be collected primarily from you as information you voluntarily provide to us, but we may also collect it where lawful to do so from your current school or educational establishment to assist with your application.

    Your data may be transferred to all of the University Departments to enable us to consider your application and to help you to enrol onto the course. By submitting your application, you give your express consent to our processing of your personal data.

    Where there is a legitimate reason to do so, the University may disclose applicants’ personal data to the following third parties for tracking purposes: HEAT (the Higher Education Access Tracker), The Kent & Medway Progression Federation (KMPF), your current school or educational establishment. 

    You have the right to review information held about you. If you would like to do so or to notify us of a change of your details, please email  If, you believe there is no legitimate reason for us to continue processing your data and wish us to delete it, please contact the Data Protection Officer

  • Disclaimer

    Disclaimer: We reserve the right to amend or cancel part or all of the programme. In the event of any changes, applicants/club members and their parents/carers will be notifed accordingly.

    We endeavour to provide a high quality experience to all Saturday Club members. Should any applicant or club member have any feedback or wish to make a complaint then they can do so in writing via email or post using the details below:


    Schools Engagement & Outreach Manager,
    UCA Farnham
    Falkner Road
    GU9 7DS

Register your interest for 2018/19

Applications for our 2017/18 programme have now closed. If you are interested in applying for our 2018/19 Saturday Club, please register your details below.

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Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Saturday Club at UCA, please contact us: 

01252 892883 

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