International School of Creative Arts, Buckingamshire, UK

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Established in 2009 in association with University of the Arts London (UAL), International School of Creative Arts (ISCA) is now a fully independent centre for pre-university study in art and design, with over 97% of its students progressing to courses at UAL and other leading art and design institutions around the world. ISCA is a unique creative arts school which offers an A-Level and Portfolio programme with access to Central Saint Martins’ Foundation Plus, and academic progression provided through a guaranteed interview for a full-time course at CSM on successful completion of studies.

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7 days boarding: 

39,000 per year

About the school

Boarding School near London 
Only 30 minutes from central London, ISCA offers superb facilities over 20-acres of idyllic English countryside in Buckinghamshire. The school is a vibrant learning and living environment and the on-campus art facilities are comprised of studios dedicated to fine art, textiles and photography, a large dark room, 3-D/Ceramics studio complete with kiln, and a graphic design room fully equipped with Apple Mac computers.

Boarders are provided with their own study-bedrooms with en-suite facilities and a supportive environment which aims to prepare them for independent living. Students are also encouraged to make use of the indoor swimming pool, new sports hall, tennis courts, football pitches and large common/games room located on campus.

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Academic life

The curriculum of this secondary boarding school is designed by UAL faculty, and it provides a mix of A-level and portfolio programmes that take in academic and artistic subjects. The staff are available after hours, as are the studio facilities. Students are encouraged to manage their time wisely and to get involved in after-school activities.

The focus is on A-level subjects in graphics, fine art, photography and textiles. Second-year A-level students also follow the Creative Learning and Skills Programme (CLASP), which operates in association with UAL’s Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design. Upon completion, students can enrol in the Foundation Plus Course, an accelerated summer programme that offers the equivalent of a Saint Martins Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.


Sport and culture

Life on the ISCA campus is dynamic and multi-cultural. This top art boarding  school is situated on a rural parcel of land in Bukinghamshire. Students have access to a full range of leisure facilities that include a sports hall, football pitches, tennis courts and an indoor swimming pool. They can make use of the on-campus specialist library as well as all UAL college libraries from their second year on.


This art boarding school in England actively encourages students to engage in a wide variety of activities that build on both academic and personal development. These include a weekly lecture series, workshops organised by art experts and regular guest speakers from leading art and design institutions around the world.


Building on the arts-focused syllabus, students are also introduced to the rich and diverse cultural life of nearby London and surrounding areas. Close proximity to the capital facilitates visits to world famous museums, art galleries and artist studios. The visits include exhibitions, talks and workshops to allow students to engage with the subject matter at hand. These activities benefit from special access to our Honorary President Professor Jimmy Choo, as well as other UAL alumni.

The combination of on and off campus social activities provides students with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of British culture, as well as introduces them to new interests.

Regular day trips allow students to enjoy quintessentially English activities such as fish and chips by the seaside, ice-skating at Windsor Castle and walks in the countryside.

ISCA art summer School 2018 comprises many creative and cultural opportunities working under a broad and exciting theme. Students will be guided through a series of dynamic art and design assignments by experienced ISCA tutors. Skills and styles of working are introduced and developed within the subject areas of Fine Art, Fashion and Graphic Communications.

As a special addition for this year, students will also have the choice to study on Summer Plus, which is a preliminary week designed to deepen understanding of art and design, and also develop skills in drawing and colour work.

During ISCA Art Summer School  2018, students will visit some of the country’s most prestigious museums and best-known landmarks and these provide important research starting points and inspirations. The hope is that students will discover not only new creative talents, but also a wealth of cultural experiences. Throughout the programme, students can attend English language lessons to support their studies and improve their ability to communicate.

As well as learning new skills, students will also gain a greater understanding of how art and design is taught in the UK education system.




Fees include tuition and full board


Summer Plus commencesonSunday24June.

Summer School commencesonSunday1July.

Both Programmes finish on Saturday14July

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The campus is also within convenient distance of public transport stations with direct access to Central London, and the school occasional organises outings into the capital. From an international perspective, the opportunity to live and study on the doorstep of such a dynamic and international city is second to none. Visiting parents will also appreciate the school’s proximity to London Heathrow Airport.


Framewood Road Wexham BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SL2 4QS

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