Help pages

Help pages

I am an international student (from a country not included in the EU and EEA), can I get a student visa if I am accepted on your courses?

Unfortunately LARA is presently not an accredited institution, as the cost of compliance with all the requisite paperwork is so high that we would have to drastically reduce the number of tutored hours, or raise the fees to an unrealistic level. Always check your status before setting out. For full information, see the Home Office website:

Will I be eligible for funding support from Student Finance England?

No, if LARA can become accredited this may become a possibility

Who is the course suitable for?

The course is designed to attract complete beginners, students and professional artists with the opportunity to perfect their skills.

Where do your tutors come from?

Our tutors have been selected from the best of our own student body: some of our principle tutors and all of our program directors were students more than 10 years ago. They are aided by a large group of student assistants – recent alumni and third year students who help with the daily critiques. Students receive one critique in the morning and one in the afternoon on their individual projects, whether they are working on a cast or still life in their studio space, or are in front of the model. The many competent works on our web site is fruit of this teaching methodology and of the dedication of our students to their studies.

Where and when is the course held?

The course sessions are held six days a week (Monday-Saturday) for the Full-Time course. 

When should I register?

Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis, and the registration process will be closed once all places on the course are taken. Subject to availability you can commence studies at LARA throughout the year.You are advised to register early, to avoid disappointment.

What will I get at the end of the course?

The certificate of completion will be awarded to all those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions.

What materials will I be provided with?

All students are expected to supply or purchase their own materials.

What is your cancellation policy?

You may make a substitution to another student without charge at any time before the start of the course, but all cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If your cancellation is received more than four weeks before the start of the course, you will be eligible for a full refund minus an admin fee of £45. If your cancellation is received between four and two weeks before the start of the course, 50% of the course fee will be retained and, if you cancel less than two weeks before, the course fee is entirely non-refundable.If written notification is not received and you do not attend, the full course fee will be retained as a cancellation charge.

All deposits paid are non-refundable.

What is the average work week?

Full-time Students are in school 36 hours per week, from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm, and some evenings between 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, for Anatomy, Art History, and additional figure drawing.

What is the atelier technique, and how is it unique to the school?

The atelier technique is an age-old tradition, artists like Sargent spent some of their most formative years in an atelier, learning alongside masters and developing their expertise through hard work and constant practice.The tutors also play an active role, regularly critiquing your work and giving demonstrations, which, we believe are a key tool for learning. LARA the school has since championed the value of rigorous skills based training and brought the craft back into mainstream arts education. Groups are kept small to allow for more teacher-student time. At the London studio the class size does not exceed 16 and the Bristol studio does not exceed 8.

What do most graduates do after completing the program?

After completing the nine modules in drawing & painting, most of our graduates undertake careers as professional artists. Our website features The LARA Alumni Gallery. Students usually begin to sell their work to commercial galleries in Europe before they finish their studies. Afterwards, they participate in group and solo shows in these galleries. Also students use these skills for numerous applied arts and the gaming and film industry.