Welcome from the Principal and Head

At Fine Arts College we always aim to find something exceptional in our students – by giving them the freedom to learn. Most students at Fine Arts come to us looking for a private college environment that will help them to grow academically and creatively. Many have found that other schools’ approaches to learning and school rules are too prescriptive and rigid, which can be counterproductive and stifling for many students.

Students tell us that from the moment they walk through the gates for an interview, they realise they have found the place where they are meant to be. Although Hampstead Fine Arts attracts many types of students, they all wish to study in an energising, open atmosphere, where they make firm friendships that last throughout their lives.

We encourage an atmosphere of mutual respect in which an individual’s talents and ambitions are supported and developed. We see the College as a unique bridge between school and higher education.

Candida Cave
Principal, Fine Arts College

Candida Cave


Candida Cave trained at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University and studied for her M.A. in History of Art at the University of Buckingham. After discovering a gift for inspiring people through teaching, she founded Hampstead Fine Arts College...

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Emmy Schwieters

Head of Hampstead Fine Arts

Emmy is Head of Hampstead Fine Arts and works alongside the Principal, Candy. Emmy read English and History of Art at Leeds University, joining Fine Arts in 2002. In addition to being Head, Emmy runs the History of Art department...

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"Pupils are highly independent, self-motivated learners, who respond with enthusiasm to the excellent teaching and the stress on individuality."
ISI Inspection, 2020
"The founding ethos “which remains embedded in the school,” says the head, was to create a school the founders themselves would have liked to attend."
Good Schools guide, 202