Young Associates Programme

In September 2019, we launched 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 as well as gain transferrable skills.

What will you learn on the YAP?

Sculpture (materials and processes), design (graphic, textile and fashion), furniture-making, sound, music and radio production, 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 runs three days a week (Tuesday to Thursday) from our home at the Margate Adult Education Centre on Hawley Square. Students on the programme work towards a Level 2 diploma in art and design, alongside functional skills in maths and English.

The programme is 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.

We are working in partnership with Kent Community Learning and Skills who are coordinating all aspects of the art, design and functional skills’ qualification administration for the Young Associates Programme.

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 until mid-October 2019. 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.