LARA agreement - Terms & conditions

    the Agreement

    In consideration of the payment by the signatory, hereafter known as The Student, the London atelier of Representational art, hereafter known as the school, agrees to provide services under this agreement as described in school literature and in accordance with the SChool curriculum and school terms and conditions.

    1. Acceptance deposit:
      1. On acceptance of a place the Student must pay a deposit of £1,000 or the first term's fees in full to secure the place
      2. the deposit is non-refundable 
      3. the deposit will be offset against the remainder of the first term's tuition fees.
    2. Payment of fees: all students:
      1. All Fees are payable in GBP
      2. All Fees are payable in advance. Payment must be made by the required deadline, in advance of the course, by cheque, credit card, debit card or BACS electronic transfer.
      3. Credit Card Payment - if you are looking to pay by credit card please note that the following credit card charges will apply:
        1. Visa, JCB, MasterCard and Maestro - 3%
        2. Amex - 5%
      4. There are no payments on charges with debit cards
      5. Bank Transfer Payment - if you wish to pay by bank transfer, banker's draft or a payment sent for collection, please ensure you provide a transaction reference number.
      6. Bank details are:
      7. Sort Code: 20 67 49
      8. Account number: 33614131
      9. SWIFT BIC: BARCGB22
      10. IBAN: GB30 BARC 2067 4933 6141 31
      11. There will be an additional charge of £30 to cover international bank charges
      12. LARA will not be responsible for any losses you suffer as a result of currency exchange fluctuations or exchanges
      13. Cheques must be made payable to London Atelier of Representational Art, and sent to the LARA postal address. Please include the course reference number and your name on the back of the cheque (if applicable)
      14. If your employer or organisation is paying the Fees and wishes to be invoiced, please write to us on their headed paper and send a company purchase order with your Application.
      15. School fees include Value Added Tax at the prevailing rate. In case of a change to the VAT rate the School reserves the right to amend the amount payable.
      16. If you fail to pay any amount due under this contract you agree we may pass the debt to a third party company for collection.  The costs incurred in employing the third party will be borne by you including the costs in tracing you, should you have changed address without telling us.
    3. Payment of fees: full-time and part-time Students:
      1. The balance of the first term's fees and each subsequent term's fees are always due no less than 4 weeks before the first day of the relevant term
      2. If the Student accepts a place less than 4 weeks before the beginning of term, the term's fees are payable in full immediately
      3. If the Student does not pay the fees in accordance with these Terms they will not be entitled to start the course.
      4. If a Student who has paid full-time or part-time tuition fees does not attend, we cannot guarantee that their place will still be available 4 weeks after the start of term
      5. If the Student elects to enrol and pay fees on a term-by-term basis, the Student's place is not reserved on the following term until a non-refundable deposit of £1,000 is paid upon registration for that term. The outstanding balance is due 4 weeks before the start of term. The Student's place is at risk if they do not pay the fees on time.
    4. Payment by instalment: full-time and part-time Students:
      1. Full and part-time fees may be paid in monthly instalments in advance by Direct Debit.
      2. The Student paying by instalments agrees to set up the Direct Debit using the School's designated card payment provider, currently GoCardless.com
      3. By signing up to GoCardless.com for a Direct Debit over a specific period of time, the Student is entering into a contract with the School for that period of time.
      4. The Student must ensure that the instalment amounts ensure that each term's fees are paid by no less than 4 weeks before the start of the relevant term.
      5. The School reserves the right to change the designated card payment provider and will endeavour to give no less than one month's notice to the Student.
      6. Instalment plans are not available for Short Courses
      7. You have 14 full days after signing up to cancel this contract if you have booked online and you haven't yet received any training from the School.
      8. Termination payment for early cancellation.  If, after the 14 day cooling off period has expired, you cancel your direct debit and / or withdraw from the course early, we shall be entitled to a termination payment.  The Termination Payment will be the total of:
        1. The monthly payments due for the whole amount of time that the Student committed to study with the School.
        2. Any arrears
        3. Accumulated late payment (5% of the monthly amount) - and other charges (an admin fee of £45 for each overdue payment) (if incurred).
        4. The montly payments that would otherwise have fallen due before the end of the term dates you signed up for.
      9. We will represent the direct debit instruction for any missed payment after 5 working days
      10. If a monthly payment remains outstanding for more than 14 days we reserve the right to collect the amount including any additional fees when the next Monthly payment is collected.
      11. If 2 monthy payments are missed you will be deemed in breach of this Agreement in which case we will have the right to cancel immediately and you shall be liable to pay the Termination Payment.
    5. Increase of fees: full-time and part-time Students:
      1. The School will give Student's one term's notice of fees increases; however, under some circumstances it may be necessary to review fees at other times. Should a student wish to withdraw from a course as a result of such an increase, a term's notice must still be given.
      2. All fees are subject to an annual increase by an amount of to the November RPI rate (published December). The School will notify Students of this increase, with a term's notice. The increase will then be implemented on all fees for the following term. If the November RPI Rate is negative, there will be no change to fees in the relevant year.
    6. Overdue fees:
      1. A surcharge will be made on accounts not received by the first day of each term.  The current rate of surcharge is Bank Base Rate plus 4%.
      2. We will also recover any administrative fees associated with any debt and pass on the costs of any debt recovery agents that we may instruct.
    7. Notice of cancellation: full-time and part-time Students
      1. Unless otherwise stated, once a Student has registered, there will be no refund of the course fee for cancellations received.
      2. Cancellations must be sent in writing to info@drawpaintsculpt.com
      3. If a Student is paying by instalments they will still be liable for the full fees for the period they signed up for.
    8. Short Courses - payments of fees:
      1. In this instance, Short Courses are defined as: Masterclasses; Workshops; Weekend Courses; Easter and Summer Schools.
      2. Short Course fees are due in full at the time of booking.  There is no option for paying Short Course fees by instalments.
      3. For cancellations received more than ten working days before the start of the Short Course start date, the course fee will be refunded, less an administration fee of £45.
      4. Cancellations must be sent in writing to info@drawpaintsculpt.com
      5. For cancellations within ten working days of the start of the course, fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
    9. All Students - Terms and Conditions
      1. The Student agrees to abide by the Student Conduct Charter
      2. The Student agrees to abide by the Studio Rules
      3. The Student agrees to abide by the Studio Health & Safety Guidelines
      4. It is the Student's responsibility to ensure that the School has their up-to-date contact details.  No shows, failure to arrive or postponement incurs charges in full from the booking date, and payment is non-refundable and non-transferrable.
      5. Any period of absence during the course, whatever the motive or duration, will not be refunded.
      6. LARA reserves the right to exclude students or abandon the course in the event of disruptive, abusive or threatening behaviour by an individual or group of delegates. In such an event, no refund will be payable to the excluded student.
      7. All Students are expected to supply or purchase their own equipment and materials.
      8. Students agree to attend classes for the Courses regularly and on time. Non-attendance at classes due for reasons other than our default does not entitle you to refunds, extra tuition or a transfer.
    10. Part-time Student - Terms & Conditions:
      1. Priority is always given to Full-Time Students
      2. Once a Student has been accepted by the school on a part-time basis, on an agreed schedule, the schedule cannot be changed for that term
      3. There is no option to change or reschedule missed days
      4. If a part-time Student who has paid for the term in full does not attend, we cannot guarantee that their place will still be available 4 weeks after the start of term
      5. Any period of absence during the term, whatever the motive or duration, will not be refunded.
      6. Any deposit paid is non-refundable
      7. The Student's place is not guaranteed if they do not pay the outstanding balance 4 weeks before the start of term
      8. Unless otherwise stated, there will be no refund of the course fee for cancellation by the Student. Cancellations must be sent in writing to info@drawpaintsculpt.com
      9. Part-Time Students agree to abide by the School rules with regard to the allocation of Studio space and the sharing of Studio space with other Students.
    11. Short-Courses - Terms & Conditions
      1. In the event of a public transport strike/closure, or other conditions beyond our control, a session may have to be closed early or cancelled.  As we will have to incur the full costs for these classes, we are unable to offer a refund but will attempt to reschedule. If a tutor (and model where appropriate) are present, the class is considered to be running.
      2. LARA reserves the right to make appropriate changes to the course timetable and content, or to cancel a course due to circumstances beyond its control.
      3. In the event the course is cancelled liability shall be limited to the refund of fees paid in this instance. LARA cannot be held responsible for any loss incurred as a result of course cancellation including hotel and flight charges.
      4. LARA will try to ensure the hiring of professional models with a proven track record. LARA cannot be held responsible for the non-attendance or poor performance of a model, but will do everything in its power to remedy any problems which occur.  In the case of model illness, we will attempt to reschedule the class as it is not possible to substitute with another model during most courses.
      5. In the case of staff illness/absence, we will attempt to find a substitute tutor. If this is not possible, the class will be postponed and we will attempt to contact you in good time to make you aware of the postponement.  We will aim to reschedule the class to a date suiting most of the students or the missed hours may be added to the remaining sessions.
    12. Group bookings - Terms & Conditions:
      1. When an enquiry is received, LARA will send a quotation within 48 hours.  An acceptance and confirmation of the quotation must be received within 2 weeks.  Failure to do so may cause the original offer/quote and its conditions to lapse or change.
    13. Group payment terms:
      1. Once an enquiry is confirmed, you are required to pay 50% of the total invoice at time of confirmation enabling us to reserve places.  The balance of 50% is expected to be paid 4 weeks prior to the arrival date.
    14. Group cancellation terms:
      1. More than 30 days notice - full refund, less £100 administration fee
      2. 30-14 days - 50% payment refundable
      3. Less than 14 days notice - Fully non-refundable
    15. The School:
      1. The School reserves the right to make reasonable changes to these terms and conditions
      2. The School reserves the right to make reasonable changes to the School Curriculum
    16. Overseas Students:
      1. If you do not hold a UK/EU/EEA passport you will need a visa to travel to study in the UK. For more information, please see the Home Office website (www.ukvisas.gov.uk)
      2. It is the Student's responsibility to determine how far in advance they need to apply for a visa, and to allow sufficient time to obtain a visa.
      3. We will not allow a Student to join the Course if they do not have a visa that allows them to study and they must present their passport and their visa to the School Office before the start of the Course.
      4. All Students agree to maintain an immigration status that entitles them to undertake the Course.
      5. All courses are taught in English.  We recommend that the Student have a level of spoken and written English sufficient to participate in the Course (by way of guideline, if English is not your first language, we expect you to have an IELTS score of 4.5 for practical courses and 6.0 for lecture courses) in order to benefit fully.
      6. If you are travelling from overseas we may need to contact you in the two weeks prior to the Course starting. You must include your contact details in the UK when you submit your Application.
      7. The School is not liable to refund any fees paid in the case of the Student's non-attendance due to their failure to secure a valid study visa or to maintain their immigration status or to achieve the recommended level of English.
    17. Privacy Policy:
      1. The Privay Policy about how we use your personal data forms part of these terms & conditions and by using our website you are therefore agreeing to the terms of our privacy policy.
      2. While on a short course or during Full Time or Part Time study we may ask to take images of you working within the School for promotional material.  If you do not wish for this to happen please let us know.
      3. We will use this personal information you provide to us to provide the Services: process your payment for the Fees: and inform you about similar products or services that we provide.  We will not give your personal data to any other third party.
    18. Complaints:
      1. In case of any complaint within reason, every effort will be made to resolve the complaint.
      2. All disputes between the School and the Student will be settled in accordance with the School's Complaints and Disciplinary procedures (a copy of which can be obtained from the Student Guide page on the website).
    19. Limitations of Liability:
      1.  Under no circumstances shall LARA be held responsible for any harmful act or default by its servants or agents unless such actual default is reasonably foreseeable and avoidable by the exercise of due care on behalf of LARA as its employer, nor in any event shall LARA be held responsible for any loss sustained by the clients or its nominees due to burglary, theft, fire or any cause except in so far as such loss is solely attributable to negligence of LARA's servants or agents acting within the course of their employment.
      2. Programmes, website and advertising are correct at time of going to press, however, alterations may occassionally be necessary due to circumstances beyond our control.
      3. Views expressed by the tutors are their own.  LARA disclaims liability for advice given or views expressed by any tutors within the delivery of courses or in any notes or documentation provided to students.