Art study in the UK

Art in the UK

Career options, entry requirements and rankings for studying Art.

UK Art and Design Courses

Introduction to Art and Design

International students applying to study Art in the UK will need to think about which part of the subject they are interested in, and then research the right art school or university to apply to. Each art school has different equipment and specialisations to help you learn.

Studio-based work is central to all Art courses and can include painting, sculpture, installation, printing, photography and digital media, with students specialising in their own area of interest.

Universities often invite professional artists and critics to talk to students, whose studio work often culminates in a public display of final year students' art.

Careers in Art and Design

Art graduates will move into careers in multimedia, publishing, advertising, museums, galleries, fashion, and the film industry, doing a wide range of roles which can include photography, illustration, graphic design, interior design and website design.

What do Art and Design Graduates earn?

  • Average starting professional salary: £18,000
  • Average starting non-professional salary: £15,470

Source: The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

Art and Design Entry Requirements

Most courses do not specify what subjects you should have studied at school, but some insist on achievement in an art-related subject. Studying art and history of art is recommended and a personal portfolio of your collected work is a must.

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: Minimum 34 points.
  • Typical A-levels requirements: ABB and a portfolio of work.
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Art in the UK?

To learn more about the best Art courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Art universities in the Guardian University Guide 2020 below:

  1. University College London
  2. University of Oxford
  3. Newcastle University
  4. Goldsmiths, University of London
  5. Oxford Brookes University
  6. Lancaster University
  7. London Metropolitan University
  8. University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  9. Kingston University
  10. Liverpool John Moores University

Study Art and Design in the UK

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