Travel Grants

While travelling is today is almost taken for granted, we find that many of our students have yet to benefit from the inspiring and mind-opening experience that is to visit another country and culture. Travel Grants can be to a specific destination, be based on a research project, or support a specific workshop or work experience.

The Art School also raises funds to assist students who cannot afford to travel so that they are able to take part in activities like study trips or workshops.

Examples of study trips and workshops are the annual trip to Venice for second year Carvers and Conservators; the annual trip to Germany organised for Fine Artists; the tour of various cathedral workshops for first year Carvers and Conservators; and the highly specialist scagliola workshop for Conservators that is held in northern Italy over the summer. These tailored experiences are extremely enriching for students, providing a valuable source of knowledge and inspiration.

These, like other opportunities developed thanks to the Art School’s professional network, are a unique learning experience that we are proud to be able to offer our students. And where possible, we want to make sure that no student is disadvantaged by lack of funds.

Prizes & Awards

At the Art School we have a range of prizes generously provided by a number of benefactors, as well as from the Art school’s modest investment income form past bequests and legacies. These prizes have ranged in value from to £100 to £5000 and are selected based on existing work, commissions and ‘live projects’.

Prizes provide students with financial rewards and useful recognition of their professional practice that can be featured on their CVs, as well as offering students opportunities to learn first hand about the commissioning process and about presenting their work or proposals to possible clients.

As we do not benefit from any direct government funding, the Art School’s resources are mostly used to fund the generous teaching provision, and the purchase of teaching materials. For this reason, the Art School has historically rely on philanthropic sources to help to fund the upgrading of specialist equipment and facilities.

Examples of this include the Conservation Department’s laser; FTIR and long arm microscopes, in addition to various other elements that were funded as part of the refurbishment of the Department in 2012.


The Art School has a long history of providing financial support to students, based on need and merit. Grant, Financial Assistance and scholarship support is essential to be able to offer talented students access to our specialist courses, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Due to the Art School’s status as independent provider, our students have limited access to current sources of Student Loan funding that only covers a portion of the tuition fees:

  • Students on degree validated undergraduate courses – BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Conservation and BA (Hons) Historic Carving – have access to Student Loans if they do not hold a previous degree, but only up to £6,000. Some students therefore need support to cover the gap between the loan and the full tuition fees.
  • A significant number of students on undergraduate courses (in particular in such subjects as Conservation) hold a prior degree and therefore are not eligible for Student Loans.
  • Unlike undergraduate students, Foundation students do not have access to Student Loans and are not eligible for fee subsidy by the Local Education Authority.

The annual financial assistance pool currently allows the School to assist ca. 60 students each year, across our departments. We are working to increase this both to benefit more students, and to be able to offer higher levels of support to individual students with specific needs. We are also keen to increase scholarship support for students of particular talent and promise.

Since 2010, the Art School has embarked on an ambitious programme of renovations and enhancements of studios and facilities on the Kennington site it has occupied since 1879. The Masterplan for the project, established in 2008 under the direction of Alan Higgs Architects, is based on a phased delivery, with work taking place each year during the summer recess.

After completed Phase 1 of the project’s Masterplan – the full refurbishment of the Art School’s Georgian buildings – Spring 2017 saw the completion of Phase 2: the creation of a new entrance and barrier free access to the our historical campus.

We are hugely grateful to all the donors who supported our progress, contributing a total of £3.35 million to the success of these first two phases. You can read who they are here.

Alongside the completion of Phase 2, a design study was conducted to review the proposals for the final Phase 3 of the Art School’s masterplan: the renovation and partial redevelopment of the Victorian and Edwardian studio buildings and the stoneyard area at the rear of the site. Again carried out under the direction of Alan Higgs Architects, this work was generously funded through a grant from the Sackler Trust, taking the scheme designs to full feasibility and planning by late 2018.

If you would like more information or to contribute to the project, please contact the Director, City & Guilds Art School Property Trust, Magnus von Wistinghausen at

The Principal’s Fund has been established to enhance our core provision and create opportunities that will align with our key values, which include:

– Ensuring very high levels of contact time between our 230 students and our teaching staff of 80+ practising artists and other expert professionals
– Providing dedicated work space for students on all of our courses, supporting a daily commitment to practice and ‘learning through making’
– Operating specialist resources and workshops to support hands-on skill development including drawing, woodworking, casting, etching and glass-working
– Collaborating with leading institutions and organisations, providing students with rare insights and experiences of professions and careers in the Arts and Heritage Sector

Being independent means that the Art School receives no direct revenue funding from government. The Principal’s Fund is intended to enhance our corn provision and create increased opportunities for students, helping to ensure that the most promising individuals can thrive on our courses. Gifts to the Principal’s Fund are directed towards the areas of greatest need, including student support, as well as new initiatives. As such, your support has a tangible impact, enabling us to uphold our commitment to our mission and to develop for the future.

Download the Principal’s Fund brochure and donation form here or click the button below to donate online.

If you are passionate about a specific discipline that we teach, a great way to facilitate its vitality is to support the post of those artists and professionals who deliver the teaching and transmit their knowledge, skills and experience to generations of students.

If you would like to know more about this, please contact Magnus von Wistinghausen at


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