Short Courses

Course Formats

Our courses have been designed for flexible part-time study.

All Programmes

  • Most short courses are broken up into one class per week, and run for several consecutive weeks.
  • Classes are generally held at the same times each week, and (where possible) in the same classroom or studio.
  • Class duration times are typically 2-3 hours each.
  • Most of our courses are taught by one tutor. These tutors will be your main point-of-contact throughout your studies.
  • Our courses typically blend lectures and interactive discussions or exercises. Programmes like Art, Creative Writing and Design are often practical 'workshop' style courses, where you will be required to produce work each week.

Language courses

Our language courses combine speaking, reading and writing activities. We place a strong emphasis on developing oral communication skills throughout group, paired and individual work.

Cultural elements are introduced in each course by examining topics such as local traditions, literature and festivities.

Competency levels

We have adopted the language levels of the 'Common European Framework of Reference for Languages' (CEFR). This means that wherever in the EU you go to study languages or to work, institutions and employers will immediately understand what level you are.


Teachers set a certain amount of work to be completed in your spare time before the next class. Whilst this is not obligatory, you will get more out of your course if you do additional study at home. We therefore greatly encourage students to do their homework.

Art & Design courses

Learning and Teaching

Art and Design courses are delivered in specialist studios and workshops to groups no greater than 12. Each course will typically include practical exercises, introduction to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration.

Teaching may include practical demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, group discussions and critiques. Your progress will be supported by your tutor who will agree a ‘directed study plan’ with you, both for work in the studio and, for those studying for credit, work to be undertaken beyond the class hours.


Below some course descriptions, you may see a ‘Prerequisite’ section, which tells you whether or not some experience (and what kind) is recommended in order for you to get the most out of the course.


Some essential, specialist tools and equipment will be provided by the University and some you will be asked to provide for yourself. Your course information includes a list of what you need to bring with you along with an estimated cost. You can view this online by selecting the course you are thinking of enrolling on. Your course tutor will also discuss other relevant equipment and materials at the start of your course.

Life models

For some art classes, we use professional models, male and female, of all ages from 18+ years. Models work to the direction of the tutor and a number of courtesies are expected to enable the models to carry out their work.


We are not able to offer storage for your work or materials while you study with us except for some specialist courses such as glass design and clay work. Your materials and work must be removed at the end of each class session. Where storage is available, your tutor will give you details during the course.