Help pages

Help pages

Can I pay in instalments?

The course fee must be paid in full before the start of the course. For those who are registering more than six weeks before the start of the course, a non-refundable deposit of £1,000 is sufficient to reserve a place for one term. The balance must, however, be paid 4 weeks before the start of the course. Please note that the option to pay in instalments (i.e on a monthly basis) is available only to individuals, and not to those whom organisations are sponsoring directly. Instalments on a monthly basis can only be set up once the first term is paid.

Can I pay for the first class and then decide whether to continue and pay for a year?

We try to be as accommodating as possible, but we cannot offer the option of a taster class. This is because one three hour session is not illustrative of the course as a whole. You can gain as much, if not more, a sense of the school and teaching from a visit. All those interested are welcome to come and visit the school and organise a follow-up conversation either in person or over the phone. We would advise if you are unsure if you want to commit full time to take one of our part time or workshop options first.

Can I access Career Development Loans?

Please refer to our Student Guide page, or visit the Government Career Development page for further information on Professional and Career Development Loans.

Are your classes suitable for complete beginners?

Yes, the course is for those of all levels and suitable for beginners, it will give you an overview of the craft of drawing and painting. You will be grouped with other beginners and receive 1:1 tuition as well as demonstrations and critiques. We provide a constructive and supportive environment in which to learn.

Are there any subsidised places?

Currently there are no subsidised places available to students.


I’m an overseas student, do I need a visa to study at LARA?

Yes, most people, except citizens of the countries of the European Union, need a visa to study in the UK as unfortunately LARA is presently not an accredited institution. Always check your status before setting out. For full information, see the Home Office website:

Do you offer accommodation?

No, regrettably LARA is unable to provide students with accommodation, but we will try and help where we can.

Can I study on the Diploma or Foundation course part-time?

LARA has a number of Part Time places. However, as we give priority to students wishing to study here Full Time, these are dependent on how many full time students we have.

If you would like to study part-time for 4 days or less please contact us and we will discuss available options.

Studying Part-Time still allows you to follow the LARA curriculum, but at a different pace than if you were studying full-time.

Contact us to discuss options.