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Map and list of our 20 schemes with links to their application information:   

Application packs are only available directly from the colleges taking part

The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering 80 placements, giving artists and designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.g. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, & lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists.



  • Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2016 and April 2017
  • AA2A's Hardship Fund, primarily for artists on benefits provides expenses up to £300
  • Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2016
  • Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2014 to 2015 or before can now reapply
  • All applicants must have at least one years professional practice
  • Only M.A. students can apply in the same year they graduate
  • Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support

To see current AA2A artists' work go to or read previous artists' stories here

AA2A particularly welcomes applications from applicants with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates

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University of Sunderland    Application deadline 22nd September   0191 515 2512

printmaking (screen printing, etching, lithography, relief printing, Riso printing), wood, metal, glass, ceramics, 3-D printing, photography (digital and chemical), painting

Teesside University (Middlesbrough)    Application deadline  extended to 12th September   0164 238 4045

printmaking, wood, metal, glass, plastics, textiles, digital media, photography, painting

University of Central Lancashire    Application deadline  21st September   0177 289 3959

printmaking, digital media, fashion / textiles, ceramics

Liverpool Hope University    Application deadline 21st September   0151 291 3516

printmaking, wood, metal, jewellery, plaster, ceramics, textiles (construction and print), digital design and manufacture, painting

University Centre St Helens    Application deadline extended to 5th September   0174 462 3102

theatre performance, game art, photography, graphic design, painting

University of Chester    Application deadline 21st September   0124 451 5855

printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, laser cutting, 3D printing, video, sound, analogue & digital photography, digital printing, graphics, animation, letterpress typography, bookbinding

Sheffield Hallam University    Application deadline 16th September   0114 225 6724

printmaking, metal, fashion, jewellery, video, interactive media, digital media, animation, photography, typography, graphics, illustration, painting

University of Derby    Application deadline 19th September   0133 259 3113

printmaking, wood, metal, casting, carving, glass, ceramics, textiles, digital media, photography

De Montfort University (Leicester)    Application deadline 12th September   0116 207 8387

printmaking, wood, metal, plaster, laser cutting, CAD labs, digital workshops, video, photography, life drawing studio, painting

University of Wolverhampton    Application deadline 5th September   0190 232 3147

printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, wood / stone carving, hot glass, ceramics, interior textiles, fashion and textiles, digital media, video, photography, illustration, painting

Coventry University    Application deadline 7th September   0247 765 8685

printmaking, small scale metal, ceramics, laser cutting, digital media, painting, drawing, fashion, illustration, graphic design, animation

University of Worcester    Application deadline 21st September   0190 554 2542

printmaking, film, photography, creative digital imaging, sound

University of Northampton    Application deadline 21st September   0160 473 5500

printmaking, (screen-printing, etching) wood, metal, plaster, mouldmaking, photography (darkroom and lighting studios), product design

Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge)    Application deadline 11th September   0122 369 8720

printmaking, wood and metal working, ceramics, fashion, film & TV production, digital media, photography, animation, illustration

University of Bedfordshire (Luton)     Application deadline 21st September   0158 274 3401

printmaking, fashion, laser-cutter, 3D printer/scanner, video, animation, moving image, photography, darkroom, graphic design, illustration, painting

Chelmsford College    Application deadline 21st September   0124 529 3031

printmaking, wood, ceramics, mould making, textiles, fashion, video, digital media, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting, drawing

University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield)    Application deadline 12th September   0170 728 5327

printmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, fashion, art therapy, digital media, film, video, sound, photography, graphics, painting

Southampton Solent University    Application deadline 21st September   0238 201 6007

printmaking, wood, clay, letterpress, typography, digital media, photography, painting, drawing

City College Brighton and Hove    Application deadline 21st September   0127 366 7749

printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, jewellery, glass, plastics, ceramics, textiles, fashion, product design, performance, film, video, sound, digital media, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting

Plymouth University    Application deadline 9th September   0175 258 5265

printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, plaster, textiles, film, video, sound, digital media, photography, animation, typography, graphics, illustration, painting, drawing


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