The Best Art Schools in London

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The Best Art Schools in London
London has some of the best art schools in the world. (painter image by cyrano from

With dozens of galleries and art museums, London is a great place to study art. Whether you're interested in painting or sculpture, product design or fashion, printmaking or animation, architecture or jewelery design, textiles or multimedia, you can find a London art school teaching that subject at a world-class level.

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Royal College of Art

Located in the heart of trendy South Kensington, the Royal College of Art (RCA) is the world's only postgraduate art school. The RCA offers MA, MPhil and PhD degrees in subjects ranging from animation and architecture to printmaking and vehicle design. Famous alumni include fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, painter David Hockney, and sculptors Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Gavin Turk.

Royal College of Art

Kensington Gore

London SW7 2EU


Slade School of Fine Art

Established in 1871, the world-renowned Slade School of Fine Art is part of University College London. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in painting, fine art media and sculpture. Notable alumni include Turner Prize winner Rachel Whiteread and sculptor Antony Gormley. In addition to teaching the great artists of tomorrow, Slade has an excellent reputation for first-class research in fine art.

Slade School of Fine Art

Gower Street

London WC1E 6BT


Central St Martins College of Art and Design

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (CSM) is one of six colleges that make up the University of the Arts London. CSM offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a wide range of art subjects including graphic design, theatre and performance, fashion and textiles, and fine art. In addition to degree courses, CSM offers evening and weekend classes for professionals and anyone who's interested in studying art without embarking on a full-length degree. Famous alumni include fashion designers Gareth Pugh, Zac Posen and Alexander McQueen, as well as singer Jarvis Cocker and actor Simon Callow. The Independent Education Supplement describes St Martins as, "one of London's, indeed Britain's, most revered art institutions" (March 6, 2008).

Central St Martins College of Art and Design

12-46 Southampton Row

Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4AP


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