The UK is internationally renowned as a place to study art and design, leading the way in creativity, innovation and research. That is why thousands of international students every year choose to study here.
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Find a list of the top five art schools in the UK below and don't forget if you need help applying to study art in the UK, the SI-UK Art & Design Service can assist with your application and offer portfolio preparation advice with a practicing art academic!
Top five art schools in the UK
1. University College London
The Slade School of Fine Art is the art school of University College London. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in the world, and offers two undergraduate programmes, the BA and the BFA in Fine Art; two Masters programmes, the MA and MFA in Fine Art; the MPhil/PhD in Fine Art, plus affiliate student programmes at all levels.
University College London is a member of the elite Russell Group of universities and was ranked 4th in the world (and 2nd in Europe) in the 2014 QS World University Rankings.
2. Newcastle University
Newcastle University has an outstanding reputation in the world of fine art, and is consistently ranked in the top ten UK universities in the Guardian, Times and Complete University Guide national rankings.
Newcastle University was granted university status in 1963, classing it as a ‘red-brick’ university, and is also part of the prestigious Russell Group.
3. University of Oxford
Dating from 1871, when John Ruskin first opened his School of Drawing, the Ruskin School of Art at Oxford has enjoyed a variety of guises, and an ever-growing reputation. It provides an exceptional teaching and research environment that enables cutting-edge contemporary artists, art historians and art theorists to work closely together in a world-leading, research-intensive university.
4. Oxford Brookes
Oxford Brookes range of programmes, from the Foundation in Art and Design, the undergraduate programmes in Fine Art and the MFA (Master of Fine Art) provides you with excellent teaching from practicing artists.
5. University of Leeds
The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at Leeds is an internationally recognised leader in History of Art, Museum Studies, Cultural Studies and Fine Art. The BA programmes offered by the School combine a modern modular structure with the more traditional undergraduate degree.
*All rankings are taken from the Guardian University Guide 2018.
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