London is one of the most popular destinations in the world 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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Learn more about five of the best art schools in London below (Guardian University Guide 2021) and don't forget if you need help applying to study art, or any art related subject in London such as animation, interior design or photography, our UK education consultants can help you apply, ensuring your portfolio stands out from the crowd with expert advice and support.
Top Five Art Schools in London
1. University College London
The Slade School of Fine Art at University College London is widely regarded as one of the finest art departments in the world. It 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 is currently ranked 8th in the UK (Times University Guide 2021) and 8th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2022).
2. Goldsmiths, University of London
Full of students and staff who are inventive, imaginative and original, Goldsmiths' art department is one of the leading departments of its kind in the world. Staff are skilled in innovative teaching and produce work that is exhibited and published internationally on a regular basis, and the University has a wide variety of courses available at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
3. University of the Arts London
Ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings 2021), University of the Arts London is a leading provider of creative courses in art and design, animation, fashion, performance arts, photography and interior design.
Consisting of six renowned Colleges, Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts, over two thirds of the winners of British Designer of the Year are UAL alumni.
4. University of Westminster
The University of Westminster provides practical, industry-relevant education across subjects such as animation, fine art and photography in the heart of London. Studying in one of the world’s most exciting cities, learning goes beyond the classroom and students will be taught by leading industry practitioners as they exhibit, curate and create.
The University of Westminster welcomes students from all walks of life and from all over the world, with over 165 different nationalities represented.
5. London Metropolitan University
The School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University offers courses in art, design and architecture, plus much more, at foundation, degree and postgraduate level.
All undergraduate students at London Metropolitan University are guaranteed a work-based learning opportunity, giving you the chance to gain valuable industry experience while studying.