London Panorama

London is the most popular student city in the world with international students from over 200 countries studying in the UK’s capital every year. The various districts of the city have their own character and offer something different. The East of London is the home to both The Foundation Year studios in Trinity Buoy Wharf, Docklands as well as the Royal Drawing School’s primary site in Shoreditch. This cutting edge area is at the heart of the city’s creative industries and home to the art, design and fashion scene. With independent galleries and businesses, a busy café and restaurant culture, boutique shopping and exciting nightlife East London has a lot to offer art students. The West of the capital is where many of the well-known tourist attractions can be found as well as shopping streets, theatres and government buildings and some of the city’s largest parks including Richmond Park, Hyde Park, and just outside of London, Windsor Great Park. North London is known for its eclectic music venues, peaceful canal walks and bustling markets whilst South London is home to the O2 Arena, Greenwich Park and Royal Observatory and Borough Market.


Study in London / Drawing London / National Gallery / Trafalgar square

For those studying a creative arts subject, London provides an unparalleled selection of more than 1000 galleries and museums with world-class collections including the National Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, the V&A, the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, all of which are free to visit. In addition, the city is at the heart of the international contemporary art scene playing host to a number of major international art fairs every year such as Frieze Art Fair and Frieze Masters, London Art Fair and Photo London as well as being the home of leading commercial galleries; White Cube, Whitechapel Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Victoria Miro, Hayward Gallery, the Serpentine Galleries and Flowers.

The National Gallery

The art student community in London is thriving; with over 40 art schools and universities in the city, networking opportunities, student-led artist collectives, exhibition opportunities and private views enable students to develop their practice and forge relationships within the contemporary art world. London’s art students also benefit from discounted entry to popular exhibitions and reductions on art materials in art shops throughout the city.

Southbank Centre

London is a global city and one of the most diverse capitals in the world, which it celebrates through a variety of public cultural events throughout the year such as London Design Festival, Notting Hill Carnival, The London Marathon, London Tech Week, Chinese New Year celebrations, Summer Screen at Somerset House, London Film Festival and London Fashion Week. Well-known characteristically British events also take place in London every year including The Proms, Wimbledon Tennis Championships, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Trooping the Colour and the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

London’s exceptional transport network, TfL, enables students to get around the city with ease, both during the day and at night, at an affordable rate with 18+ Oyster cards. The city is also uniquely linked to the rest of the UK via National Rail; from coastal Cornwall in the south west, up to Edinburgh in Scotland. Mainland Europe is also on London’s doorstep, with Eurostar running regular trains to France, the Netherlands and Brussels and the capital’s six airports make it one of the best internationally connected cities in the world.

For international students hoping to go on to study at a UK university, joining The Foundation Year provides an important intermediary step which will build skills and refine students’ art practice, whilst also providing time to become familiar with London and the UK. Students will receive guidance and advice on university applications from a supportive and experienced team of faculty and staff to ensure they progress to the right undergraduate course for them.


Subject to UKVI approval