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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1854
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Art institutes
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 124 Kennington Park Road, London, England, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +442077352306
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of City and Guilds of London Art School

The City and Guilds of London Art School was founded in 1854 by the Reverend Robert Gregory under the name Lambeth School of Art. It began as a night school in rooms occupied during the day by a National School in his south London parish of St Mary the Less. With the support of Henry Cole Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, who supplied Gregory with teachers, the school flourished and became a leader in the provision of instruction in applied art and design to working artisans, many of whom were employed by local manufacturing firms, including Doulton's and Farmer and Brindley. The rapid expansion of the school led to the need for new premises, and in 1860 Albert, Prince of Wales (Edward VII) laid the foundation stone for new premises in Millers Lane, built on the site of the Vauxhall Gardens as part of a redevelopment that included St Peter's church. The buildings are still standing, although the road is now called St Oswald's Place.

Academic Highlights

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.

Life in City and Guilds of London Art School

Artists have been working in our studios for over 100 years. There’s no ‘hot-desking’ here: a generous, dedicated workspace in one of our characterful Victorian or Georgian buildings will be available throughout the course. The high standard of the course and our commitment to providing an exceptional learning opportunity is also recognized by organizations and individuals who provide bursaries and scholarships, financial support and recognition of achievement.

School Ranking

UMA course ranked in the top 3 nationally in Modern Painters magazine’s most recent poll. 


All applicants have to meet the minimum entry requirements for admittance to the course, including the English Language Requirements (if English is not your first language), though there are three different ways of doing so:

1. Standard Educational

Applicants who have achieved, or are expected to achieve:

a) five GCSEs at grade A, B or C or the equivalent; OR

b) three GCSEs at grade C or above, plus one GCE ‘A’ Level or equivalent.

2. International educational

This educational level may also be demonstrated by possession of a combination of other qualifications, equivalent to our Standard educational requirement.

For example International Baccalaureate – minimal of 26 IB points or above

For other equivalent qualifications such as High School Diploma, please see the UCAS International Qualification Guide for your qualification.

Notable Alumni

Allan Sly F.R.B.S. (sculptor, 1970s) Annie Williams R.W.S. R.E. (painter, 1960s) Arthur Rackham (illustrator 1880s)

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