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Our Summer Experiences are now over 80% full and we expect to close registration soon

Our Summer Experiences are now over 80% full and
we expect to close registration soon

The Young Artist Summer Experience

The Ultimate Work Experience in Art in London

InvestIN Education
InvestIN Education

The Young Artist Summer Experience

The Ultimate Work Experience in Art in London


We are now over 80% full for this Summer Experience and expect to close registration soon.

Join us for the ultimate work experience for aspiring artists in London this summer, for students aged 15-18.

Over the course of 2 weeks, students will get to step into the shoes of an artist working in London, through a range of immersive career simulations and exclusive professional site visits. You’ll sketch the London skyline from the top of The Tate Modern, build your portfolio with a range of artistic masterclasses and exhibit your work at a real London gallery space.

By taking part in this InvestIN programme, students will expand their professional network and experience life at University College London (UCL). Our art summer school in London offers students the opportunity to experience their dream career, whilst strengthening their university applications.

Register now for a life-changing experience that will set you up for a future as a successful artist. 

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Immersive Art Experiences:
  • Uncover art history at the Tate Modern, and take part in a guided fine art workshop sketching London's iconic skyline from an exclusive private room
  • Undertake a series of artistic masterclasses: life drawing, sculpting, print making, bookbinding and more 
  • Create contemporary art in a real artist's studio 
  • Develop an animated short with award-winning animators 
  • Create your own performance art with a professional performance artist 
  • Guided coaching in what it takes to build a stand-out portfolio, with optional 1-2-1 crits for those who want their work reviewed
  • Curate an exhibition of your work at an iconic London gallery space
Meet Top Artists:
  • Be coached through the immersive experiences with artists specialising in fine art, graphic design, illustration, animation, performance art and more
  • Invite professional artists to your exclusive private view, allowing you to make connections vital to your future career
Career Coaching:
  • Receive training on how to land the most desirable jobs in art
  • Advice on subject choices, university selection, work experience, extra-curricular activities and more
Competitive Advantage In Your University Applications:
  • Attending the experience demonstrates that you have gained skills which are highly-valued by top universities
  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your university applications
  • Personalised industry reference letter from artists confirming what you have achieved on the programme
World-Class Universities And World-Class People:
  • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for the Summer Experience, creating an invaluable lifetime network.
Design Your Own Summer Experience:

⦁    Choose from one of the following options:

1.    First Week Only (taster experience); or
2.    Two-Week Experience (the full programme); or
3.    Two-Week Premium Experience (the ultimate package with both weeks plus enhanced benefits)

You can choose either residential or non-residential. The accommodation is at UCL student halls in central London. We provide residential students with meals, guardianship and fun activities on evenings and weekends. Airport transfers are also available at checkout.

Immersive Experiences Days 1-5

The Tate Modern

  • Visit one of London’s top public galleries and delve into art history with an in-depth tour
  • Study the different techniques used by the world’s most influential artists
  • Sketch the London skyline from an exclusive private room, with guidance from an experienced artist
  • Discover curation and learn what goes on behind the scenes at an exhibition
  • Which price is right? Learn how artwork is priced based on the current market
  • Going…going…gone! Take part in a mock auction and guess the prices of famous works

Enter the Artist’s Studio

  • Try your hand at different mediums with a series of artistic masterclasses:
  • Learn to sculpt your own 3D self-portrait in a guided clay workshop
  • Experiment with different materials and techniques in an intensive life-drawing class
  • Explore the world of print and design by creating your own linocut print
  • Create your own sketchbook and learn DIY bookbinding
  • Receive feedback on your work from professional artists and critique the work of your peers

Illustration and Animation

  • Learn what it takes to be an illustrator: commercial clients, freelancing, procuring commissions and more
  • Develop your own unique style in a character design workshop led by an experienced illustrator
  • Learn the range of techniques deployed by top animators
  • Discover the animation process: from concept to film
  • Design a character and draw up a storyboard for your very own animation
  • Film your stop motion claymation using your own character designs

The Portfolio

  • Learn what top art schools look for in a portfolio
  • Try your hand at photography in a professional studio as you photograph your previous work for your portfolio
  • Create a physical portfolio cover using traditional water marbling techniques
  • Compile your work from across the summer experience into a portfolio to use in university applications, grant and awards applications!

This Summer Experience is for students aged 15-18 and you do not require any prior knowledge to attend.

The start date is the 29th July.  You can choose to attend for either ‘First Week Only’, ‘Two Weeks’ or our ‘Two Week Premium’ package. You can also choose residential or non-residential. Pricing and details are set out below.

Click “Register Now” to book your place. You can either pay in full now or reserve your place with a £950 non-refundable deposit.

London 1 week London 2-weeks London Premium
Length First week only 2-weeks full programme 2-weeks Premium
Sketch the London skyline from a private room at The Tate Modern. Take masterclasses in sculpting, life drawing, print making and more. Film your own stop motion animation.
Design your own video game and learn the principles of graphic design. Discover VR art technology and create performance art. Curate an exhibition of your work at a London gallery space.
Invite professional artists to your exclusive private viewing
Industry reference letter: personalised letter from artists confirming what you’ve achieved on the programme
Graduation ceremony for completion of the full programme
Professional development portfolio: CV-writing masterclass, LinkedIn workshop, professional headshots, personality profiling & psychometric testing
Leadership, teamwork & strategy coaching & team challenge
Gala dinner with professionals on the River Thames
Keynote speeches & networking reception with accomplished industry leaders
Summer Experience fee £1950 £2950 £3950
Optional fee for accommodation with meals, guardianship and evening & weekend activities included Available for an additional
Available for an additional
Available for an additional
Optional fee for London airport transfers (return) Available for an additional
Available for an additional
Available for an additional

Choose a location below:

In Person

Available dates:

  • 29th July 2024


  • The programme is based at UCL and the surrounding University of London campus. Certain days take place in other key industry locations in London.

Accommodation location:

  • Students who choose accommodation will reside in University of London halls of residence. We occupy 4 different halls close-by to each other (listed below). The vast majority of students will be placed in Garden Halls.


    Garden Halls, London, WC1H 9EN

    College Hall, London, WC1E 7HZ

    International Hall, London, WC1N 1AS

    Frances Gardner House, WC1X 0HD


Please find below some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions you'll be able to find our full FAQ list here and you are also welcome to reach out to us at and we'll be happy to help!

When is the deadline for registering for an experience?
Places on our programmes are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis so we will close registration as soon as we reach capacity, because of this we would always recommend booking as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss the opportunity to attend.
Do I get a certificate?
Upon completion of the programme you will receive a bespoke certificate to include in all of your future applications. This will help you stand out from the crowd and show your passion for your chosen career. Letters of attendance are also available upon request at
Who are your safeguarding team?
On each Summer Experience, we have safeguarding team members on-site 24/7 to promote the safeguarding and pastoral welfare of our students. Our team are security-vetted (enhanced DBS-checked) professionals who work in education full time and our team is made up of Academic Professionals / LSA, Safeguarding Officers, Nursing Professionals, and Mental Health Practitioners. Students will therefore always be able to easily contact a guardian, should they need any support.
What is included in the accommodation package?
You can choose to add our accommodation package to your booking where you will be allocated to the University of London's Garden Halls, College Hall, or International Hall. Here, you will enjoy your own private room, 3 meals a day, and 24/7 guardianship. There are also lots of communal areas such as a games room and cinema room where you will be able to socialise with other students. Our safeguarding team will also put on evening activities such as trivia night, games night, and sports evenings. You will be able to arrive at the accommodation the day before the programme starts and checkout will be the day after the programme comes to an end.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, payment plans are available. Click on 'Register Now', and you will see the option to either pay in full or reserve your place with a £950 non-refundable deposit. Once your deposit is paid, you will receive another email detailing the information for your second instalment. Please feel free to contact if you would like any further assistance.
Will there be any opportunities for rest days?
Programme hours take place Monday-Friday, with a break over the weekend. If you select the 2-Week Premium option, the weekend will feature exclusive professional development opportunities outlined in the timetable.
How do I get work experience in art?
As an aspiring artist, you can get work experience by completing internships or by volunteering. You can also take online courses, apply for residencies or take part in an immersive career experience. There are numerous ways to gain more experience in the art world, but one way to achieve this is by networking. You could attend events, go to gallery openings or connect with organisations on social media platforms. An immersive career experience is one of the best ways to advance your career, because you can meet top artists, visit studios and gain valuable career advice from industry professionals.
How do I become an artist?
There is no one route to becoming an artist. Often, artists will complete an undergraduate degree, such as a Fine Art course. Then, through this, they’ll start exhibiting their work, make connections and build a career. There are many jobs in the art world. For example, there are jobs as curators and archivists in galleries and museums. There are other jobs in creative industries like advertising and marketing, where you can work as an Art Director, for example. In these industries, there are volunteering and internship opportunities. These experiences will enhance your CV and can lead to permanent positions.



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