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UCA Saturday clubs

March 2023

UCA is hosting 4 Creative Arts Saturday Clubs this Spring on their Epsom campus. These clubs are led by experienced creative practitioners and give you a chance to develop a portfolio of work. The programmes equip you with new skills to help build your confidence, as well as the ability to express your ideas and hone your creative practice.

All UCA Saturday clubs are free to participate in and materials are provided to anyone allocated a place. If you are taking part, you must be living in the UK for the duration of the course.

The deadline for all applications is Sunday 5th February 2023

Date: 4 Saturdays between 4th – 25th March, 2023
Year Group: Year 9, 10 & 11
Cost: Free (including materials)
Timings: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: UCA Epsom Campus, 21 Ashley Rd, Epsom KT18 5BE

Learn to make a garment from start to finish: cut and stitch up your own pair of elastic waist shorts (gender neutral).

Learn about commercial dressmaking patterns.

Learn how to use domestic sewing machines and other equipment.

Learn some techniques to make texture on fabric.

Create some of your own fashion designs by draping with fabric on dressmaking dummies.

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Date: Saturday 4th & Saturday 11th March, 2023
Year Group: Year 7 & 8
Cost: Free (including materials)
Timings: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: UCA Epsom Campus, 21 Ashley Rd, Epsom KT18 5BE

These 2 sessions would cover a 2 week programme which will focus on experimentation which could extend to texture using puff and foil.

  • Using heat transfer paint to create expressive marks
  • Layering heat transfer paper
  • Simple stencil making to create a screen printed motif
  • Combining techniques to explore surface and repeat pattern

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Date: 3 Saturdays between 11th & 25th March, 2023
Year Group: Year 10, 11 & 12
Cost: Free (including materials)
Timings: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: UCA Epsom Campus, 21 Ashley Rd, Epsom KT18 5BE

Week 1 – Saturday 11th March:

Exploring Islamic geometric design 

  • Introduction to three styles of artwork featured in Islamic art: Geometric, Floral Motifs and Calligraphy 
  • Constructing a six fold geometric rosette, understanding the mathematical principles behind design construction 
  • Creating a pattern and setting it in repeat
  • Experimenting with watercolour pencils and balance of positive/ negative space 

Week 2 – Saturday 18th March:

  • Experimental printing on textiles using dyes + screen printing using paper stencils 

Week 3 – Saturday 25th March:

  • Printmaking workshop using maps, line and abstract marks 


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Date: 4 Saturdays between 4th & 25th March, 2023
Year Group: Year 8 & 9
Cost: Free (including materials)
Timings: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: UCA Epsom Campus, 21 Ashley Rd, Epsom KT18 5BE

In this programme, we will be exploring photography and how to turn still images into a short stop motion animation or GIF animation. The students will be shown examples from the early ages of still life and more modernised versions that later on inspired stop motion in moving image.

We will be learning some basic premier pro editor techniques to put together this animation as well as traditional techniques like paper sculpture making and painting/Illustration.

The students will be leaving with experience in photography, installation, animation and assembly techniques to create their final installation where they will exhibit their work in a professional, gallery like setting.

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UCA’s Saturday Clubs are suitable for students who are studying or have an interest in creative subjects and would like to develop their skills and portfolio. Applicants applying must be able to attend the full programme.

The aim of the Saturday Club is to provide an opportunity for young people to access free art & design tuition within a higher education environment to support them in the development of their portfolio of work. The Saturday Club is also designed for students who may not otherwise have the chance to access such an opportunity.

All students living in the UK are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • are the first generation in their family to study at higher education level (e.g. Degree, HND, HNC)
  • are currently eligible for Free School Meals
  • come from a neighbourhood with low overall progression rates to higher education (determined by postcode using POLAR 3 data)
  • are from a black or minority ethnic background
  • are in, or have lived under local authority care
  • have caring responsibilities for a family member
  • have a disability
  • attend a KaMCOP, KMPF or HEON partnered school (a list of eligible schools is included on the UCA Saturday Club webpage)
  • live in HEON or KaMCOP target postcode area
  • have not previously attended a UCA Saturday Club programme
  • have applied to study the Extended Diploma in Art & Design at UCA and have been referred by a UCA Academic
  • Allocation will also be based on your personal statement, where we would like to see an evident passion for the subject and an interest in studying a creative subject at a higher level.
  • This information will be gathered via UCA’s Saturday Club programme application form and will be assessed by the University’s Outreach Manager and Outreach Officer.
  • Once the application deadline has passed, we will consider all applications against the priority criteria listed above to determine who will be offered a place. A decision will be sent in writing to confirm whether a place on the programme has been secured, and successful applicants will be asked to confirm their place in writing. Where the programmes are oversubscribed, unplaced applicants who meet the criteria outlined above will be kept on a waiting list and allocated spaces should they become available.
  • If an applicant decides not to accept their offer, they must inform the Outreach Manager via email as soon as possible so spaces can be reallocated where possible.

To apply, please complete the application form for the Saturday Club you’d like to attend:

The deadline for applications is Sunday 5th February 2023.


If you have any questions about the events, please contact the team via: