TERMS & POLICIES
To confirm a booked place you must pay in full within the time frame stipulated on the booking form. We will not hold your place for longer than this time. Payment may be made through the secure online card facility (inclusive of a 2.9% + 0.30) or offline, by internet bank transfer, cheque or cash.
Successful applicants for all the year-long courses are required to confirm their place on acceptance with a non-refundable $500 deposit. The balance of course fees owing must be paid by the date stipulated, prior to the commencement of the course start date, unless otherwise agreed. Time payments, either weekly, monthly or at lump sum intervals are subject to an additional $100.00 [+GST] administration fee. All course costs are GST inclusive
CANCELLATION BY US
If we cancel a course, you will be notified no less than 2 days before the course start date. You may choose to transfer the cost to an alternative course or receive a full refund, to be administered within 10 days of the course cancellation.
CANCELLATION BY YOU
Term Time Courses
Term-time courses cancelled by you within 5 days prior to the course start date are non-refundable. If you cancel a course before this, you will receive a refund, less a $30 administration charge for the term-time day, evening and short courses. If you begin a course and then decide not to continue you will not receive a refund.
Once you have been accepted into any of the year-long courses you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 to secure your place. The balance of course fees is due by the date stipulated prior to the course start date. Once your course fees are paid, you will be deemed to have entered into a full year contract and your fees are non-refundable or interchangeable. If you begin a course and then decide not to continue you will not receive a refund. If you have made an arrangement with us to pay your fees in instalments and subsequently withdraw from the course you will still be liable for all outstanding course costs.
In rare circumstances, we may have to cancel or postpone a class for reasons beyond our control (e.g. Lockdown). Unfortunately, if your course is already underway we will not accept liability and cannot provide a refund or a course transfer.
IN THE EVENT OF GOVERNMENT MANDATED LOCKDOWN
In the event of lockdown and the subsequent closure of the school building, we will endeavour to deliver lessons live online on the Zoom platform and at the usual time slot. Students will be offered online lessons as a direct substitution. In such situations, as stated in our cancellation policy, refunds or course transfers will not be provided if we are within 5 days of a course start date or the course is already underway. Our standard cancellation policies remain, as stated above.
NON - ATTENDANCE
If you are unable to attend a class due to illness, or for personal reasons, you will not be entitled to a refund for classes missed, or to transfer to another course to make up your missed class.
We will ensure that you receive the advertised number of classes for your course. If a class falls on a public holiday, the course will extend over a longer period of time so as to allow for this. Advertised course dates take into account any possible missed classes due to public holidays. No courses will be scheduled on a public holiday weekend.
In the event of an unscheduled occurrence, such as staff sickness, we will endeavour to prevent class cancellation and to provide a substitute tutor. If we are unable to do this, the class may be postponed at very short notice and a replacement class re-scheduled. Should this situation arise we will make every effort to contact class participants as soon as possible.
The school provides limited storage space for students to leave works for a short amount of time. Work that is left for an indefinite period, without prior consultation with us, will be disposed of as we see necessary. We will take every care with your work stored on our premises, but will not be held responsible for any loss or damage that may occur while the work is with us.
HEALTH & SAFETY
The school's health and safety policy is to protect you as much as possible from hazardous air-borne vapours. Please consult your tutor if you require clarity on the following:
Turpentine: substances such as turpentine are not only combustible but may be harmful to your health through vapour and skin absorption. It is also unfair to your classmates if they are forced to passively inhale your solvents. If you are using oil paint and require a solvent we request that you use odourless turpentine.
Aerosol sprays: use of aerosol spray paints, spray glues and spray fixatives of any kind are prohibited in the studio
All students enrolled in any course at Browne School of Art are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Any student deemed to not be adhering to the school code of conduct [see below] will be issued a verbal warning and, if necessary, this will be followed by a written warning. Ongoing breaches of conduct may result in the course participant being asked to leave the school premises with the possibility of waiving their rights to continue to study at the school.
We ask students to:
Be considerate of others at the school, including fellow class participants, staff and visitors
To follow teaching instructions from teaching staff
Be respectful of school property and other course participants materials and belongings
Not engage in conduct likely to disrupt the school teaching programme, including the use of mobile phones and music devices
Not to engage in behaviour that might be deemed intimidating, confrontational, or harassing of other course participants and staff, including sexual or verbal harassment or physical violence
Not to use the school property in a way other than purposes for which it is designed or intended
Not to engage in anti-social behaviour, or cause offence to other course participants and staff
Not to photograph models in life class without consent
Not be in possession of, or use, illegal drugs or substances on the school premises
Avoid drinking alcohol to a point of intoxication on the school premises
Avoid the viewing of internet pornography or offensive material whilst using the school IT network unless deemed appropriate (by the associated course tutor) for research purposes
STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
The school’s voluntary donations scheme allows for a donation to be made by students upon booking a course online. Financial assistance of up to 40% reduction on course fees may be provided upon application (via email or through the school office) with visual proof of a Community Services Card. Financial assistance can be provided to a student once per annum as a discount on term-time classes, weekend workshops and summer schools only (this excludes year-long courses).
The school will make every effort to ensure that all courses proceed as advertised on the website or through related publicity material. However, all courses are subject to minimum enrolment numbers and we reserve the right to cancel any course where minimum numbers are not reached. We also reserve the right to make minor modifications to any course content as we see necessary, without prior warning and without compromising the overall quality of the course content, structure and delivery.
Updated October ‘21