Art Schools in England and Wales
Details of Best Arts Colleges, Courses, Curriculum, Contact Details

English and Welsh Art Schools

Art, whether fine art (eg. painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics) or applied art (eg. graphic or industrial design), or public art (eg. environmental, conceptual or public statues) is becoming more and more relevant to industry, the workplace, and our general environment. As a result, art education is assuming a greater relevancy to us all. England and Wales offer a wide choice of programs designed to furnish students with the foundation or specialist skills needed to pursue a career in art and design, whether as an individual artist, as a member of a design team, or in the flourishing public art sector. Here is selection of some of the best third level art schools in England and Wales. (See also: BEST ART SCHOOLS)


UCE Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD)
Phone: (0)1213 315801; Website:
Arts Courses: BIAD is one of the largest faculties of art, design and media education in the UK. The Faculty offers a comprehensive program of different types of art at all levels from further education to higher research.


University of Brighton
Phone: (0)1273 600900; Website:
Arts Courses: Study programs include undergraduate and postgraduate MPhil and PhD in art, design and humanities, history of architecture and interior design.


Bristol School of Art, Media and Design
Phone: (0)1173 284716; Website:
Arts Courses aimed at all levels of ability, from art foundation studies and undergraduate degrees to postgraduate programs and research doctorates. Plus courses on Art Evaluation: How to Appreciate Art.


The Arts Institute At Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset
Phone: (0)1202 533011; Website:
Arts Courses: Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in a range of Art and Design disciplines.


University of Wales, Cardiff School of Art and Design
Phone: (0)2920 416070; Website:
Arts Courses: Undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as opportunities to register for MPhil and PhD art research degrees.


University College Falmouth, Cornwall
Phone: + 44 (0)1326 211077; Website:
Arts Courses: Fine Art to Professional Writing. The courses are run by two faculties: the Faculty of Art & Design and the Faculty of Media & Culture.


Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Carlisle, Cumbria
Phone: (0)8456 076563; Website:
Arts Courses: Further and higher education courses covering the arts, humanities, design and media.

Best Art Schools in Ireland
National College of Art & Design - Dublin - Crawford College of Art & Design
Munster - Leinster - Connacht - Ulster
Best Art Schools in UK
London - Royal College of Art - Scotland


University of Derby, Mackworth Road, Derby
Phone: (0)1332 594008
Arts Courses: Undergraduate courses in Art and Design.


University Of Gloucestershire School of Art, Design and Media
Phone: (0)1242 543565; Website:
Arts Courses: Range of arts, design and media courses for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Leeds College of Art, Blenheim Walk, Leeds
Phone: (0)113 2028000; Website:
College for art, design and the crafts. Offers 45 specialist rooms, a library with 30,000 books and a vast range of multi-media resources.


Norwich School Of Art And Design, Norwich, Norfolk
Phone: (0)1603 610561; Website:
Arts Courses: Range of speciality courses, embracing the practice and theory of Art, Craft, Design, Media and Creative Technology. Including drawing, figure drawing and figure painting.


University Of Northampton, Boughton Green Road, Northampton
Phone: (0)1604 735500; Website:
Nothampton's School of Art and Design is highly regarded as a centre of excellence offering an expanding and flexible range of courses.


Oxford Brookes University Art Department, Headington Hill, Oxford
The Art Department is part of the School of Arts and Humanities at Brookes, offering a range of courses from Foundation Studies to Postgraduate Degrees. Fine Art undergraduate course; MA in Contemporary Arts and Music; MA in Social Sculpture; MA in Composition and Sonic Art and MA in Contemporary Art.


University Of Plymouth, Art Department, Plymouth
Phone: (0)1752 600600; Website:
Offers a whole range of specialist programs at undergraduate, postgraduate and research level in the following areas: Art & Design, Art History, and Theatre & Performance.

Best Art Schools in Europe
Ecole Des Beaux Arts Paris - Florence - Rome.


University Of Portsmouth, School of Art Design and Media, Portsmouth
Phone: (0)2392 848484; Website:
Arts Courses: From pre-degree to postgraduate level.

South East England

University College For The Creative Arts, Canterbury/Epsom/Farnham/Maidstone Rochester
Arts Courses: As one of the UK's leading providers of specialist art and design education, it provides programs in art, design, architecture, media and communication.


University Of Sunderland School of Arts, Design, Media and Culture
Phone: (0)1915 152648; Website:
Arts Courses: A wide range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses.


Winchester School of Art, Park Avenue, Winchester
Phone: (0)2380 596900; Website:
Arts Courses: Painting, sculpture, fashion, graphic design, advertising design, fine art photography, textile art and design, history of art, textile conservation and museum studies.

Best Art Schools in America
New York - California - Pennsylvania - Maryland - Massachusetts - Illinois
Missouri - Virginia - Florida - Washington - Indiana - Ohio - Michigan

See also: Best Art Schools in Canada.

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