New Freelands Foundation grant for Foundation Art & Design Bursaries

City & Guilds of London Art School are delighted to have received a new grant from the Freelands Foundation which will provide five new bursaries for those wishing to study with us on our Foundation Diploma: Art & Design.

Each of the new bursaries supported by the Freelands Foundation will cover full tuition fees as well as a stipend towards materials.

Dr Lois Rowe, Principal of City & Guilds of London Art School, commented: “Our priority as an Art School is to nurture a more diverse student body and we are delighted to now be supported in this endeavour by the Freelands Foundation. This generous new grant enables the Art School to launch our first dedicated bursaries to fully fund five places for applicants to our Foundation Diploma Art & Design course in 2024/25 who have potential, but not the means to come and study with us, thereby empowering us to grow our community and ultimately to contribute further to the city’s cultural, economic and environmental future.”

City & Guilds of London Art School are most grateful to the Freelands Foundation for their support of the Art School’s mission and approach to teaching and learning. We very much look forward to working with the Freelands Foundation team over the coming academic year to pursue our shared objectives.

Our longstanding Art School wide bursary programme aims to ensure all those with the potential and dedication to be offered a place on our courses are able to take it up, regardless of financial circumstance.



Please visit our Open Days page to book onto the next Foundation Diploma Art & Design Open Day on Tuesday 16th April.

Upcoming course application dates are as follows:

Late Deadline – Monday 6 May 2024


Applications for bursaries are currently open to those who have accepted an offer for 2024/25.

Please visit our Student Funding and Apply pages to find out more about eligibility and making a bursary application or to contact our admissions team.


Freelands Foundation believes art is central to a broad and balanced education, and a right for everyone. We are driven by a conviction in the vital role of learning and making to foster creativity, resilience, criticality and problem-solving that empowers and equips us for the future. Our approach combines action research, through academic commissions, workshops, discussions, exhibitions, publications, films, partnerships and a dedicated library; and funding, through grants, awards, fellowships and residencies.

City & Guilds of London Art School provides an alternative approach to creative education to 300 students a year studying on Foundation Art & Design and BA and MA courses in Fine Art, Illustration, Conservation and Carving. For 170 years, we have played a vital role in passing on specialist hand skills and inspiring new generations. We believe that art can change the world and that, beyond its material creation, it has the power to change lives and benefit society. Arts education should not be a privilege, but something that anyone can access and use to empower themselves and others.


If you work in a secondary school and would like to explore working with us, please contact Camilla Robinson, Widening Participation Coordinator at

If you would like to discuss supporting the Art School and our students, please contact Hannah Travers, Head of Development and External Relations, at


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