Admissions Requirements, Selection and Acceptance

Applicants should have completed a high school level education and be at least 18 years of age in the year of enrollment.  Selection is made by members of the admissions board, who review work samples and carefully study the answers provided in the application form.  Typically, a successful applicant is passionate about SARA’s method of training and will also display a certain level of natural talent/aptitude.  The admissions board reserves the right to waive some of the admissions requirements in exceptional cases.  The admissions board consists of the Director, Artistic Director, Headmaster, a teacher and one advanced student.

Note: It is very important to us that applicants are certain that the education and training offered by SARA is what they want.  Ours is a unique fine-art education that does not suit everyone, so we ask all applicants to read through the website carefully to gain a clear understanding of the education offered by SARA.  Furthermore, applicants are encouraged to visit the school personally, if possible, and talk to students and faculty.  It is important to us that each student integrates well into the student body and that the student group functions well together as a whole.  Therefore, reviewing student applications can be a lengthy process and one that we take quite seriously.  We typically have more applicants than we have space for, and so there is a selection process.  It is up to each applicant to convince the selection board of their suitability as a student and that they would be a positive addition to the student body.  Therefore, applicants are encouraged to keep this fact in mind when completing their application form and to give thoughtful answers.  We often encounter people expressing doubts about applying, because they fear their skill level is not good enough to be accepted.  No one considering studying at SARA should hesitate to apply due to his or her lack of skill.  The decision of whether or not to accept an applicant is primarily based on the answers to questions on the application form, not on the quality of the applicant’s submitted artwork.  Visiting our Before and After gallery will illustrate that clearly.  If you have any questions. please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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The Swedish Academy of Realist Art (SARA)      Lilla Norregatan 17     272 31 Simrishamn, Sweden     +46 (0)414 68 44 71

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