Welcome to a Real Art School

Every artist’s, designer’s and conservator’s story is different.

But there’s always a consistent ingredient. A readiness to go deeper – whether that means thinking more radically, seeing more intensely or connecting more urgently and physically with techniques and materials.

At the City & Guilds of London Art School that depth and authenticity is what we stand for. And, true to our 130 years of history, we’ve stayed small and personal so that every student gets to experience it as a reality.

When students talk about their life here, they’re transported by the feel of the place: the alchemy that comes from a warm, tight-knit, energised – often idiosyncratic – community of practitioners at the heart of London’s arts scene.

But we think our distinctiveness also comes from some of the more tangible things we do…

We make sure every student gets their own working space – giving them total immersion in real practice and the physicality of materials, pigments, tools and techniques right from the start.

We juxtapose contemporary art with specialist skills, cutting edge with traditional – so everyone sparks off each other and deepens and enriches their understanding and experience.

And we have one of the highest ratios of tutors to students in London – which means that for all our students there’s an exceptional practising artist, conservator, theorist, technical expert, writer or designer at hand to nurture them and keep them motivated with generous tutor contact time for our students. Someone to prepare them for the depth and discipline of a real life in the arts.

We are registered with the Office for Students ,  meaning we meet the OfS requirements for course quality, academic standards, student support, student protection, governance and more. For more information see the register on the Office For Students website. 

The City & Guilds of London Art School a real art school.

124 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4DJ, Charity Registration no. 1144708, Company no. 7817519


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