Ambitious young people with a creative streak often hope to hone those skills at the college level in order to launch successful careers as artists, or work in related professions such as graphic design. There are many opportunities available, but getting into the best art schools in the United Kingdom is just as difficult as it is to get into similar schools in the United States.
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Royal College of Art
London's Royal College of Art has the distinction of being the only university in the world devoted exclusively to postgraduate studies in art and design subjects. Some of its many famous graduates include Bridget Riley, Henry Moore, Ridley Scott, Chris Ofili, Gavin Turk, Graham Smith, Suzie Templeton, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Ian Dury, Tony Cragg and Jake and Dinos Chapman. Students can pursue programs in architecture, automotive design, photography, industrial design, communication design, interior design, fashion, ceramics and silversmithing. As of 2010, there is also a postgraduate program in art criticism.
Royal College of Art Kensington Gore London SW7 2EU England United Kingdom 011-44-20-7590-4460 rca.ac.uk
Edinburgh College of Art
On the undergraduate level, programs of study at the Edinburgh College of Art include art and design, architecture, landscape architecture, fine art and visual culture. Postgraduates can undertake higher degrees in such areas as contemporary art theory, fashion, film directing, glass, animation, architecture, architectural conservation, graphic design, illustration, interior architectural design and visual and material culture. The school has been in existence since 1760 and is situated in Edinburgh's Old Town, overlooking the Grassmarket. Notable graduates include Christopher Wood, Alexander Carrick, John Arden, Alan Davie, Paul Carter and Richard Wright.
Edinburgh College of Art Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3 9DF Scotland United Kingdom 011-44-131-221-6000 eca.ac.uk
University of Oxford
Overall, the University of Oxford has a reputation for being one of the best universities in the world, and its Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art is no exception. This competitive school only admits 20 students a year, based on the strength of their portfolios. The school offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Famous graduates of the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art include R B Kitaj, Michael Fried, Dan Fox (of Frieze Magazine), John Updike and Keith Wilson.
University of Oxford The Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art 74 High St. Oxford OX1 4BG England United Kingdom ruskin-sch.ox.ac.uk 011-44-1865-276-940
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