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Gray's Short Course Online Registration

If there are places available on one of our Short Courses there will be a booking option on the course page.

When a class has become fully booked, a waiting list will be available.

Class numbers are limited and the demand for a place is high, so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Successful enrolment will be confirmed via email.

Gray's School of Art Open Day

All visitors and students are welcome to attend the Gray’s School of Art Open Days. Students will be able to discuss full-time course options with specialist members of staff and gain information regarding course entry requirements. Visitors and students will have the opportunity to view and discuss sample portfolios.

Find out more about our Open Days

Disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulties

Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty. We encourage applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities to visit the school prior to formal enrolment.

Find out more about the Disability and Dyslexia ServiceContact the team on 01224 262103 or email inclusion@rgu.ac.uk


All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course. Excluding the Young Artist programmes.

Student ID Cards

Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our fantastic Gray’s School of Art Materials Shop.

Find out more:  

Using ID and smart cards


Not familiar with Gray’s? Simply report to the reception desk on arrival to be directed to your class.

Short Course EXTRA and CPD students: Due to weekend opening times we would be grateful if students please arrive no earlier than ten minutes prior to your class commencing.


Students are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills. Students will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit their personal level of experience and ability.

University Opening Times

Gray's opens: 7.00am Monday - Friday and 9.00am Saturday & Sunday.

Saturday Short Courses usually begin at 10.00am. Sunday courses usually begin 11.30am. Please check individual course descriptors.

Gray's closes: 11.00pm Monday - Friday. 9:00pm on Saturday & Sunday


Short Course students enrolled on our 40/60 hour programme are eligible to use the university library service at The Sir Ian Wood Building. Students can access the facilities by showing their student ID card.

Find out more about the Library


Gray’s School of Art provides specialist equipment and facilities. However some courses require additional materials and sundries. Individual materials information is indicated within each online course descriptor.

Gray's School of Art Materials Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Materials Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each semester to accommodate the Short Course students.

Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.

Art Materials Shop

Contact 01224 263640 with any queries.


How to Find Us

Parking permits are not required for evening or weekend course participants. Wednesday afternoon students will need to pay for parking.

Payment for parking at Garthdee applies to all RGU students and staff. Please drive very carefully when entering campus, as this is where our RGU nursery is situated. We have a one-way system and a 10 mph speed limit which must be strictly adhered to at all times. Spaces are very limited so arrive in plenty time and please find alternative transport or car share where possible. Please give yourself plenty time to collect your parking permit before your first class.

Details of all parking options:
Parking Information

Any enquiries please contact Transport by emailing transport@rgu.ac.uk or telephone 01224 262063/263311.

Wednesday Afternoon Parking

Parking restrictions are applicable for Wednesday afternoon and payable parking has two options:

  1. RGU ‘On Street Parking’ 
    Aberdeen City Council, Garthdee Road
    Payment scratch-card scheme available from Gray’s Art Materials shop
    £1.50 for 2 hrs or £4.50 for 6 hrs.
    Students may use the blue ‘drop off’ spaces outside Gray’s entrance to drop off equipment/materials, before parking in Garthdee Road.
  2. RGU ‘Temporary Permit’
    Please note: there will be no facility for temporary permits to be added to the Euro Car Parks system electronically.  Temporary Permits are issued as a paper copy only.
    Wednesday afternoon Short Course students will be contacted in due course by the Short Course Administrator to collect any student vehicle details. We will then complete the relevant paperwork, authorise it and send it to Estates for processing.
    Short Course students can collect and pay for their parking permits on the morning of their course at Garthdee House Annex.
    £2.50 per day
    Please note this permit does NOT guarantee a space, but if a space is available on campus you can park in the RGU parking zones. 


Students are welcome to use the Gray’s School of Art canteen where drinks and light snacks (crisps and biscuits) are available to purchase via vending machines. However, no freshly-made catering will be available over weekend courses. Students will need to bring a packed lunch.

RGU Catering Facilities

Health and Safety

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of each Short Course.


Professional photographs of students at Gray’s and selected work will occasionally be used in Short Course marketing. If you do not wish images to be included in any marketing materials please inform the Short Course Team. Permission to take photos of a class at work would always be checked beforehand.


Contact the Gray's Short Course Team

Should you require to send a message to your tutor on the day of a weekend course please contact the Gray’s School of Art Reception desk - 01224 263993