Heatherleys runs the only Portrait Painting Diploma in the UK. The course was originally conceived by BP Portrait Award winner, Daphne Todd OBE, in 1992, and has been run by Susan Engledow ever since.
The aim is to prepare students for professional practice as portrait and figurative painters. The emphasis is on the practical application of techniques, and always based on observation from life. Most of the work is produced in oils, but drawing, printmaking and sculpture are also integral elements of study.
Tutors and assessors include several members of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters including Andy James, Melissa Scott Miller, John Walton and Jane Bond. Students frequently go on to exhibit at the RP annual show and at The National Portrait Gallery BP Portrait Award exhibition.
A limited number of places on the course are available for this September.