The UK 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 the UK below (Guardian University Guide 2022) and don't forget if you need help applying to study art, or any art related subject in the UK 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 the UK
1. University of Oxford
The Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford specialises in fine art and offers an undergraduate programme, a Masters in Fine Art and a postgraduate DPhil programme, made up of both practice-led and theory-based doctoral students. Oxford is currently ranked as the number one university in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2021) and has a historic dedication to world class teaching and research.
2. Newcastle University
Newcastle University has an outstanding reputation in the world of fine art, and is consistently ranked as one of top five in the UK by the Guardian and Times University Guide national rankings. The University received a 95% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey and Newcastle’s diverse and lively arts and cultural scene with its galleries and venues makes it a fantastic place for international students to live and breathe the subject.
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 8th in the UK (Times University Guide 2021) and 10th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021).
5. University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
The Swansea College of Art at University of Wales Trinity Saint David offers courses in Art, Design, Media, Music and performing arts at foundation, degree and postgraduate level. The faculty is also ranked third in the UK for design and crafts (Guardian University Guide 2021) and 11th for Art and Design (Times University Guide 2020).
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