City & Guilds of London Art School is a small, not-for-profit higher education provider in central London.

We specialise in teaching contemporary fine art, design, conservation and historic craft skills at Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, focusing on both traditional and contemporary skills, processes and theories.


Our fast-paced and intensive Foundation course offers a focused, inspiring and memorable year which will thoroughly prepare you for further study or professional practice.

We are committed to an intensive and individual approach to teaching and our Foundation Diploma is rare in offering generous teaching and tutorial support from Monday to Friday with an exceptionally high ratio of staff to students. You will find that there are always tutors on site offering advice and running specialist workshops.

In the initial diagnostic phase of the course, you will rotate around the studios taking part in a series of workshops, tutorials and supported studio practice. We will encourage you to explore a range of art and design disciplines including a variety of approaches to drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, design communication, 3D design, printmaking and art and design history and theory.

Once you have identified your chosen specialism with the support of your tutor, you’ll be assigned a personal studio space where you will work for the remainder of the course. Workshops and tutorials continue to allow you to test materials and processes and produce a body of work, developing a comprehensive portfolio. You’ll also be supported in extending your documenting, application and interview skills.

As you start to work more independently, you’ll concentrate on a final project in the last part of the year and you’ll exhibit this work in the Foundation Show at the end of course.

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Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
1 yr, full time

BA (Hons) Fine Art
3 yrs, full time

MA Fine Art
1 yr full time, 2 yrs part time

BA (Hons) Historic Carving: Woodcarving & Gilding
3 yrs full time

BA (Hons) Historic Carving: Architectural Stone
3 yrs full time

PgDip/MA Carving
1 yr full time, 2 yrs part time

BA (Hons) Conservation: Stone, Wood & Decorative Surfaces
3 yrs full time

BA (Hons) Conservation: Books & Paper
3 yrs full time

MA Conservation
1 yr full time, 2 yrs part time

MA Art & Material Histories
1 yr full time, 2 yrs part time

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