Young Associates Programme

In September, we will launch a new art and design programme in Margate, open to young people aged 16-18. The Young Associates Programme is for young people across East Kent who show talent and interest in creative activities and want to consider art and design as a possible future.

What will you learn?

Sculpture, graphics, furniture design, music, film, photography and functional skills in Maths and English.

How will you be assessed?

Through a programme of creative assignments, one-to-one tutorials, group work and self-evaluation.

What may it lead to?

A creative career or further education in art and design.

About the YAP

The Young Associates Programme will run three days a week (Tuesday to Thursday) from our home at the Margate Adult Education Centre on Hawley Square. Students on the programme will work towards a Level 2 diploma in art and design, alongside functional skills in Maths and English.

The programme will be a place to develop knowledge and skills in art and design as well as to interact with world class artists, designers and industry professionals. You’ll get regular opportunities to showcase your work and to develop creative projects in and around Margate.

The YAP tutors are artist Nicolas Deshayes, fashion director Cynthia Lawrence-John, graphic design studio Kellenberger–White, textile designer and printmaker Yemi Awosile, designers and makers Adam Willis and James Binning of architecture collective Assemble, artist and musician Dan Scott and artist and filmmaker Adam Chodzko.

Entry requirements

We are keen to hear from everyone who is interested and are flexible with entry requirements so get in touch.

How to apply

We are accepting applications for the programme now. The process is simple and straightforward. If you would like to find out about how to do this or arrange a conversation about we can support you with this, please email or call Laura Owen, Head of the Young Associates Programme at: or by phone at: 07511 159 644.

Join us for an open day on Friday 5 July, 2-5pm. Come and see our home in Margate, meet some of the Open School East team and hear more about the programme.


The Young Associates Programme is made possible through funding from Colyer Fergusson Charitable Trust and Freelands Foundation.