London Art College

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The London Art College was established in Fleet Street, London in 1931 by a distinguished group of art editors and illustrators. Today, as a private institution, it maintains the high standards of teaching and service that has served it and its students so well over the past 78 years.

The college specialises in distance learning and all its courses are specially designed to allow students to study art related subjects in the comfort and convenience of their own homes. The courses are continually updated and are tutored by experienced artists, many of whom exhibit their own work on a regular basis.

Students from all over the world enrol with the college, which has a strong reputation for bringing out the best in people irrespective of their age or background. Courses are designed to accommodate students with different levels of skill, ranging from complete beginners to much more experienced artists.

The courses offer excellent value for money and cover a wide range of subjects which are constantly being expanded. Flexibility is the key to the college's success. Students are placed into carefully constructed programmes that they can follow from home with the personal support and encouragement of their course tutor.

The college awards its own diploma for courses designed to last approximately twelve months, and certificates for six-month programmes. The assessment panel considers both the level of achievement reached by a student on their chosen course and the degree of effort made to complete the course successfully. Awards are at Pass, Merit or Distinction level.

In addition the college offers various introductory courses and a young artists programme designed for home educators. This latter course is individualised to the needs of particular students in consultation with the parents or guardian.

The London Art College recognises not only the level of achievement reached by students but also the effort and commitment shown. Many courses offer the opportunity to create a portfolio of work that can be used in a variety of ways.

Most importantly, London Art College encourages its students to enjoy their courses. It believes that art should be a pleasure, not a chore, and this is conveyed both through the courses and the way in which it administers its programmes. The college continues to offer a personal service and a friendly supportive environment that is much appreciated by its students all over the world.

Full details of the current fee structure can be found on the college’s web site

The College is fully accredited by the Open & Distance Learning Quality Council. ODLQC who were originally set up by the UK government, inspect and evaluate Home Study colleges in the UK looking both at the quality of the courses on offer and the efficiency of the administration backing them up.

What's on offer
The programmes are designed for Home Study. All the study material is provided.

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Subject strengths

The college offers a wide range of art related courses. There are more than twenty courses from courses for beginners to much more advanced programmes. Please visit our website  for full details or telephone 0800 328 0465.

Academic Strengths

Although the London Art College is, from choice, vocational rather than academic, its course tutors are carefully chosen both for their skills as artists and for their teaching ability.

The current faculty include;

Alexander Cameron: Alexander is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art and holds a postgraduate M.A. in visual communication from Birmingham University and has a successful career as a freelance illustrator. He has worked with newspapers like the "Sunday Times" and is a cartoonist and avid Science Fiction enthusiast.

Lynette Conway: B.A. (Hons) PGCE Lynette has worked as a freelance illustrator for clients including The Natural History Museum, Marks & Spencers and Readers Digest...She has taught Illustration & Wildlife painting for HND college courses in addition to teaching flower painting at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Alan Dedman: B.A. RAS. PGCE Alan studied Fine Art (painting) at the Roal Academy Schools in London. He has taught at various colleges and schools and he creates, exhibits and sells his own art work via galleries, commissions and exhibitions.

Maja Hill: Maja holds a B.A.in Fine Art and an M.A. in Interactive Design together with a post graduate Diploma in Character animation at Central Saint Martins. She is a professional artist and lectures at Solent University.

Melanie Phillips - Melanie has a HND in Natural History Illustration and been running her successful business in Pet and Animal portraiture since 1994. She has been teaching with the London Art College for many years writing and tutoring the pet portraiture diploma and the Young artists courses. Melanie also runs the College forum, blog and website.

Nick Beall - Nick has a HND in Natural History Illustration and specializes in equine portraiture and is commissioned worldwide for his oil paintings. He worked freelance at a holiday complex for three years drawing people portraits producing over 500 drawings over the three seasons. He tutors the Portraiture course and is very active on the London Art College forum.

John Byrne - John Byrne has been a professional cartoonist and writer for over 20 years. John’s cartoons and comic strips have appeared in a wide range of publications ranging from Private Eye, The Guardian and The Stage to The Bookseller, Christian Herald Media Week and Tesco’s in-house newspaper The One. Broadcast work has included stints as resident cartoonist on Nickelodeon TV and comedy and sitcom writing for Virgin Radio and BBC radio 4.

Julie Douglas - Julie trained in graphic design and illustration and worked as a freelance illustrator for 10 years. Julie has been teaching drawing and painting for 15 years and hopes her enthusiasm for coloured pencil as a medium will energise her students into reaching new, rewarding levels with their artwork.

Maggy Roberts: Dip AD, ATD, Dip Ed Man. Maggy is a freelance Illustrator with over thirty years experience as an art tutor up to and including undergraduate level. Her Children’s book illustrations have been published by Ladybird, Penguin, Hodder & Stoughton and the Gomer Press. She has exhibited as a Fine Artist at home and abroad.

Sandrine Maugy: Sandrine is a professional botanical painter who started with a Botanical Illustration course from the London Art College, passing with a Distinction. She is a Member of both the Society of Botanical Artists and the Society of Floral Painters. She is a regular contributor to the Artists & Illustrators magazine. She exhibits widely in the UK and has had Exhibitions in galleries in San Francisco and Germany.

Stewart Roberts: B.A.(Hons), Dip T.P. PGCE  Stu teaches the college's Art History students. He teaches Contextual Studies and Critical & Cultural Studies to Students to Degree level. He trained and worked originally as a Graphic Designer, but has taught across many areas of the art cirriculum.

Vanessa Weaver: Vanessa studied Graphic Design at Salisbury College of Art. She has worked for many blue chip clients and lectures at Gloscat teaching Computer Studies to Graphic Design students.

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Study by Distance Learning

Home Study is an increasingly popular option for people wishing to further their education, and has shown to be particularly successful for people who want to develop their artistic skills. Students can work at times of their own choosing, at their own pace in the comfort and convenience of their own home.

The London Art College is the leading exponent of this type of training for the aspiring artist. Since 1931 the college has concentrated upon developing each student as an individual to maximise their own potential rather than trying to get everyone past the same finishing post. This is a very appropriate approach for art subjects and is proven to work well.

Students enrolling with the London Art College are allocated their own personal tutor who will look after them throughout the course. All of the tutors at London Art College are carefully selected for both their own artistic ability and for their expertise as teachers. Most are artists who regularly exhibit their work as well as holding formal teaching qualifications. Students are given advice and, most importantly, encouragement by their assigned artist/tutor, who they are likely to find both friendly and understanding.

The London Art College offers more than twenty courses ranging from beginners programmes to specialist subjects like Illustrating Children's books. There is something for everyone. Courses can be started at any time and although Diploma courses are normally completed in around twelve months, students are given up to two years to complete their studies.

After enrolling, students receive their complete course material, which is broken down into a series of easy to follow study units. The units are carefully designed to lead the student through the programme in a logical, progressive way. There is plenty of opportunity for students to practice newly acquired skills prior to submitting examples of their work to their tutor at pre determined places on the course.

The tutor then critiques the work and returns it to the student with his/her comments, most usually on MP3 or audio tape. Thus in addition to the study units themselves, students are able to build up a very personal library of their own work supported by detailed comments and advice from their tutor.

Assignment work can be submitted by post or, as is increasingly popular, by electronic means. The college's very modern website provides the means whereby work can be sent in and critiques returned. Alternatively original artwork can be sent by post and returned, with the appropriate critique, the same way.

London Art College has been teaching art and art related subjects by correspondence course for over seventy years. The methods employed have been steadily improved and modernised over the years, however the belief in providing high quality tuition at affordable costs remains unchanged. Prices compare very favourably with other providers and so do the individual courses.

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The London Art College is a specialist Distance Learning institution. All its students work from home and it does not hold face to face classes. Students are kept in close contact with their course tutor via the Administration Centre - usually using e-mail and the telephone. Assignment work can be submitted electronically or by post.

How to Enrol

Enrolment can be via secure pages on the college website or download the enrolment forms and send by post or by telephone 0800 328 0465.

Study Methods

The London Art College is a specialist Distance learning college. Students are provided with very carefully constructed study units for Home Study. Working in the comfort and convenience of their own homes, students set their own timetables. They are required to submit a set number of Assignments to qualify for the Diplomas and or Certificates awarded by the college.

The College is vocational rather than academic and their courses do not carry academic credits. However students are encouraged to develop art portfolios and these, taken with the Diploma/Certificate, can be very useful with interested third parties.

Once a student chooses their course and completes the enrolment formalities, they are sent the complete course. Each course is broken down into progressive study units, interspersed with self test exercises and assignment work. The formal assignments are submitted by the student for critique by their personal tutor.

The course tutor also acts as a mentor and supportive friend to the student - one artist to another. This is one of the distinguishing features of the way the college operates and why it achieves consistently good results.

The College has been helping students study art at home for almost eighty years. It provides a personal and supportive environment - as far as it can from a distance - by providing well constructed, carefully illustrated study units that are supported by sympathetic course tutors and a knowledgeable and well motivated administration team.

Students need self discipline to get the best out of their programmes, but if they apply themselves, these courses will be very effective at developing them and helping them achieve their objectives.

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Contact details

Admin Centre
The London Art College
PO Box 22

Tel: 01539 564643