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The City & Guilds of London Art School is an approved centre for the UAL Awarding Body, Level 4, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.


There are many fulfilling and exciting careers in art and design, and our fast-paced and intensive art Foundation course offers a focused, inspiring and memorable year which will thoroughly prepare you for further study or professional practice.

The completion of a Foundation Course is a prerequisite for most Art & Design degree courses in the UK.  Our aim is to go further than simply help you prepare for an interview – we set out to help you develop the skills you need to go on to be the leading artists and designers of the future. Whether you intend to make an application for a BA course in these subjects, explore a personal interest or take the first step on a career, with this course you will be making an important investment in your future.


You will be introduced to a wide range of creative subjects, with the time, space and expert teaching you need to experiment and evolve your ideas and your conceptual and practical skills.  Following carefully structured projects and taught workshops you will be supported to progressively take greater control of your own learning and identify your own specialist direction.


Due to our high ratio of staff to students and our motivating and supportive studio environment we are able to tailor the course to your specific interests. The Foundation exhibition at the end of the year demonstrates an extraordinary range of directions and outputs by our hugely creative students.

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The brilliant work of our 2019/20 Foundation students is currently exhibiting in our online Foundation Show – enter here to view their work!

You may be interested in our Summer School programme which includes a range of short courses focusing on contemporary fine art and the specialist craft skills offered at the Art School.


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