City & Guilds of London Art School is a small, not-for-profit higher education provider in central London.

We specialise in teaching contemporary fine art, design, conservation and historic craft skills at Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, focusing on both traditional and contemporary skills, processes and theories.


We offer BA (Hons) Fine Art (three years, full time) and MA Fine Art (one year, full time or two years, part-time).

As an Art School, we don’t believe in a ‘house style’; instead, we support our students to fully explore ways of making and thinking and develop their own artistic ‘voice’. We’re also committed to the idea of ‘thinking through making’ with an emphasis on material understanding and we are one of the few places in the UK where you can opt to learn about traditional hand skills – such as historic painting techniques, carving and bronze casting – alongside contemporary ideas, materials and processes.

Our studios are generous and bright and as a student in our Fine Art Department, you’ll have a dedicated studio space as well as access to our range of specialist workshops and facilities which are managed by expert technicians. All of our Fine Art Tutors are practising artists and because we have a generous tutor to student ratio, there’ll always be a tutor on hand to challenge and encourage you.

Because we believe that to become a creative, successful practitioner requires knowledge of historical context – traditional and contemporary – and an awareness of the latest critical debates, our fine art courses include an inspiring and immersive Art Histories programme.

The BA and MA Fine Art courses culminate in a final show, which provides an important platform for your work. The Shows are very well received, leading to commissions and future exhibitions, residencies and projects.

Find out more about BA (Hons) Fine Art.

Find out more about MA Fine Art.


Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
1 yr, full time

BA (Hons) Fine Art
3 yrs, full time

MA Fine Art
1 yr full time, 2 yrs part time

BA (Hons) Historic Carving: Woodcarving & Gilding
3 yrs full time

BA (Hons) Historic Carving: Architectural Stone
3 yrs full time

PgDip/MA Carving
1 yr full time, 2 yrs part time

BA (Hons) Conservation: Stone, Wood & Decorative Surfaces
3 yrs full time

BA (Hons) Conservation: Books & Paper
3 yrs full time

MA Conservation
1 yr full time, 2 yrs part time

MA Art & Material Histories
1 yr full time, 2 yrs part time

Interested in studying with us?