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 (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022) 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. Royal College of Art
The Royal College of Art is considered a global leader in the study of art and its associated specialities, currently ranked as the best art school in the UK and the world. 90% of graduates say that studying at the RCA has had a positive impact on their career, while 95% of graduates say their current role is linked to their RCA degree.
2. University of the Arts London
Ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings 2022), 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.
3. 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 have a wide variety of courses available at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
4. 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 7th in the UK (Times University Guide 2023) and 8th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2023).
5. Brunel University London
The School of Art, Architecture and Design at Brunel University London offers courses in art, design and architecture, plus much more, at foundation, degree and postgraduate level.
All undergraduate students at Brunel are guaranteed a work-based learning opportunity, giving you the chance to gain valuable industry experience while studying.