Please note: We are currently moving location to Custom House, 65-67 Commercial Street, Leith, Edinburgh. We will be operating from this new location as of October 10th 2016

ARA is one of a select few academies in the world that utilizes the academic approach to drawing and painting. We model our curriculum and teaching methodologies on those used by the 19th-century European academies, with the aim of helping students achieve the highest calibre of skills possible. ARA’s highly successful, graduated academic process teaches students of all levels to see the objective truths found in nature and the fundamental skills needed to represent them.

The Academy of Realist Art is recommended by the Art Renewal Center as an ARC Accredited atelier.

A tour of the studio may be arranged by appointment.

Academy of Realist Art UK is now a registered learning provider whose courses can be funded by a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL). Please contact us for more information.

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Academy of Realist Art Edinburgh has now been credit rated by Napier University in Edinburgh meaning that they can now offer an “Advanced Diploma in Classical Atelier Drawing and Painting” This qualification is included on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and is equivalent to a full Bachelor of Arts Degree. Graduation certificates are endorsed by Napier University and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

This means that credit accumulated from completion of ARA’s program may be transferred to other art institutions for post graduate study.

This is the first and only classical realist art atelier offering a recognized higher educational qualification in Europe.


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