Level 4 Foundation course New Generation Signwriting Course – Enrolment commencing April 10 2017

The course comprises of 6 Learning Units and aims to give students a complete foundation in what it means to be an artist in Communication, Lettering and Visual Arts industry. The course is designed to develop personal practice, a strong work ethic, analytical evaluative skills and tools for launching new trend and professional platforms.

The NGS School prioritises skills-based, vocational teaching and the bond between tradition and innovation. This traditional craft fits perfectly with contemporary approaches toward hand made lettering. Head of studies Nick Garrett and visiting expert practitioners manage the studio. We support and empower all students equally, as they develop the skills and confidence to explore lettering creatively. Study units are all directed toward professional application in the field and furthering art studies.

– One Year Course Home/EU Students/International Students 2017/18 
No fee loading for international students.
By Units For cost per Unit Flexi learning Course Home/EU Students/International Students 2017/18 

Course fees including enrolment fee 


Assessment fee £84.00


Student finance is available

Each unit is completed with 50 hr studio practice (2x five day studio practice), home study and written component. Assessments are based on coursework and task based projects.

Application Fee: All applications should be accompanied by a non-refundable application Paypal fee of £84.00.

Deposit – A deposit of 50% is charged when accepting a place, which forms part payment of your fees. Balance is due in week 1 of commencement of course.

The registration fee and deposit should be paid on acceptance of a place. Should you change your mind before the course commences these fees may be refundable.

To be eligible for a full refund you will need to provide notification of your decision to withdraw from the course (cancellation of contract) in writing within: either 14 days of your original formal acceptance of a place and your payment of the deposit and registration fees; or up to 6 weeks before the start date of the course whichever is the later date.

Should you decide to cancel the contract after 14 days have passed AND less than 6 weeks before the course commences you will not be eligible for a refund of the registration fee or deposit, which will be kept as payment of costs incurred by the Art School.

Please note:

Please note students on our Foundation Course are not eligible for fee subsidy by the Local Education Authority.

All refunds will be made to the individual or organisation that originally paid the fees. If a third party has paid the deposit on behalf of the student the refund is made to the third party.

Refunds can only be made to the account which the original payment was made from.

If you are entitled, refunds will be processed within 21 days of receiving a correctly completed refund request form.

All refunds will be made in £ sterling. Any bank charges or currency conversion costs incurred in making a refund shall be borne by the student or the third party receiving the payment.

Payment Methods:

– Bank transfer and Paypal are the accepted methods of payment and are 

– By direct sterling transfer as shown below. All charges connected with such transfers are to be paid for by the payer. The reference should comprise the first four characters of the student’s family name followed by the first four letters of the given name. Once you process this payment please notify Finance via email with the applicants’ full name.

All payment details are fwded with application acceptance.


POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL COSTSSome basic materials will be supplied to you by the NGS Art School such as studio session pencils, paper and paints. You will need to purchase other materials as your work develops throughout the course. The estimated average cost is likely to be £300. Please note that this figure could vary considerably (either up or down), depending  on the direction that your work takes and your specific requirements and ambitions. NGS supplies brushes direct from maker.


Students studying on the course may also be eligible to apply for Student Loans while those studying Historic Carving may be able to take out a Professional and Career Development Loan – please see below for further information.


Bursaries are awarded on the basis of demonstrable need and ability, subject to restrictions that have been set by individual donors. As a general rule, the average award is 33% to 50% of the tuition fee for a year.


If you are a UK national and studying your first Honours degree with the Art School you are most likely eligible for support from the Student Loan Company (SLC). Student loans can cover maintenance as well as up to £6,000 of your fees. Further information on all aspects of student funding is available and for residents of England, for residents of Scotland, for residents of Wales, and for residents of Northern Ireland

If you are a student from another EU /EEA country and have been a resident in the UK for a minimum of three years you may also be entitled to assistance from the Student Loan Company. While the loans may be available to assist with fees, maintenance awards are very unusual. For further information please consult


A Professional and Career Development Loan can help pay for learning that enhances job skills or career prospects. This is a bank loan which is paid back when a course has been completed, however, you do not pay interest for the period when you are in learning. A number of our full-time courses are registered with the Learning Skills Council for such loans. Please note that the loan usually covers a maximum of two years. To find out if you are eligible and how to go about applying please visit or contact National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

If you have any specific queries regarding student finance please contact me via email.

The NGS School also operates a Hardship Fund that enrolled students can apply to if they are facing financial hardship. Please note that the fund cannot be relied upon, nor is it sufficient, to finance a student’s course of study.

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Details are updated weekly as the course information completes for April 2017 start-up