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WMC - The Camden College (WMC) is a fantastic place to study.

Students love WMC's friendly atmosphere, our truly supportive teachers, the wide ranging student support, great facilities and café, the inspirational diversity - 'outstanding equality of opportunity'. We remain small enough to know all our students and to respond to their individual needs. In April 2013 the College received grade 1 'Outstanding Overall' by Ofsted and became London's first college, and one of only five colleges nationally, to be graded Outstanding overall by Ofsted since the introduction of the new inspection framework.

WMC - The Camden College is based in Camden Town in Central London, one of London's most culturally exciting, diverse and dynamic locations which has also recently become London's newest creative hub. We are just a few steps from Koko and Mornington Crescent tube (2mins); 10 mins to St Pancras International (and Paris), the British Library, Camden Lock Market, the Roundhouse and just round the corner from loads of shops, pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs and music, drama and art venues.

Sitting inside our 1904 listed building with its stunning Victoriana, wonderful Old Library and arts and crafts ceiling you will find bright airy studios dedicated for jewellery, ceramics, art, fashion and digital media plus great PC/Mac and library areas. Students rush to our light-filled Ruskin Café for good home cooked food, study and lively discussion.

Ofsted also said the College has 'Outstanding visual arts, ESOL, Outcomes for Learners, Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment'. So, altogether the best place for adults to learn in central London. Not surprising given our history. Founded in 1854 to bring 'liberal arts to the working man', and merged in 1967 with its sister Working Women's College, WMC is the oldest adult education institution in Europe - and still delivering outstanding results for adults.

What's on offer

  • LANGUAGES AND HUMANITIES: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish and Creative Writing, History of Art
  • VISUAL ARTS: Jewellery, ceramics, stained glass, sculpture, printmaking, etching, picture framing, painting, drawing, digital media and graphic design
  • MEDIA: Media Foundation, radio production, journalism, creative video making and editing
  • MUSIC, DRAMA, FITNESS: theory, Logic Pro, Djing, singing, world music choir, harmonica, drumming, guitar, piano, learning to play the blues, acting and public speaking, pilates
  • FASHION: Fashion Foundation, Fashion Design, Sewing, Dressmaking, Knitting, Pattern Cutting, Illustration, Experimental Textiles.
  • IT AND COMPUTINGIntroductory IT, CLAiT, ECDL, Sage accounts and payroll, keyboarding



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Subject Strengths

WMC - The Camden College was inspected in March 2013 and received an outstanding report from Ofsted. It became the first London college, and one of only five colleges nationally, to be graded Outstanding overall by Ofsted since the introduction of the new inspection framework.

Key Findings

Outstanding Overall

Outstanding Outcomes for Learners

Outstanding Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

Outstanding Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

Outstanding Visual Arts

Outstanding ESOL

What learners like best about WMC

Feedback from an anonymous survey carried out by Ofsted prior to and during the inspection.

“Friendly environment, I feel really well in my college, everyone is really helpful, they give many opportunity to improve own skills.”

“Great atmosphere, good teaching, good facilities, friendly teachers with a calm approach.”

“Good training, positive atmosphere, comfortable learning environment.”

“WMC has historic arts tradition and offers support and discipline (eg learning agreements) while encouraging students to explore their potential on an individual basis."

“Community spirit is strong”

“Professionalism of this school. I am very impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm of my teacher Patrick. And his patience!”

“Outstanding teaching and facilites. Its a pleasure to attend.”


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We believe that in order to facilitate your student experience, and for you to participate and create in the 21st century, we need to offer you access to traditional working methods and media alongside contemporary technologies and environment.

Main site

Sitting inside our 1904 listed building with its stunning Victoriana, wonderful Old Library and arts and crafts ceiling you will find:

  • classrooms equipped with whiteboards and AV equipment
  • bespoke art studios for sculpture, glass, jewellery, ceramics, fashion, media, design and the general arts
  • a performance studio
  • a grand hall with a stage, AV equipment, PA & lighting
  • a dedicated MAC suite for the Foundation Diploma students
  • dedicated PC and MAC labs containing 160 desktop machines and 45 laptops
  • free wifi

Kentish Town site

  • PC rooms
  • a dedicated printmaking studio
  • free wifi

All Macs are equipped with Adobe Creative Suite (including Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamwaever, Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Autodesk AutoCAD 3D, Maya 3D, Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Microsoft Office for Mac and Sibelius. PCs are loaded with the latest business applications including Microsoft Office 2013, Sage 2023 and Payroll 2013.

Library & Learning Resource Centre

Situated in the College’s beautiful historic library in room 601, our Library & Resource Centre is an open and inclusive space designed to inspire learning, invite interaction, and improve access to information and knowledge for students and staff. The library collection covers all areas of the curriculum and strives to contain all the key texts needed to complete your study. The extensive collection of Arts books covers historic and contemporary artistic practice in all fields. Whether you’re looking to the past for inspiration or searching for information on the latest creative techniques we have materials for you. The library is equipped with PCs, MACs and laptops.

The Ruskin Café

The Ruskin Café is at the heart of the College. It is light-filled space where students can get refreshments, enjoy good home cooked food, study or meet up with friends.


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Address: 44 Crowndale Road NW1 1TR. Between Camden High Street and Royal College Street.

Tubes: Mornington Crescent (Northern Line) - 2 minutes. King's Cross, St Pancras International, Euston, Camden - 10/15 minutes

Buses: 24, 27, 29, 31, 46, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274, C2

Situated in Camden Town, Working Men's College is at the heart of one of the most culturally exciting, diverse and dynamic London boroughs. Just a few steps away from Mornington Crescent tube, close to St. Pancras International, Kings Cross and Euston stations, the College benefits from a fantastic location and is surrounded by some of London's most attractive mini villages.

Koko, the British Library, Camden Lock Market, the Roundhouse are around the corner as well as loads of creative shops, pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs, and music, drama and art venues. Kings Cross is the largest area of urban redevelopment in Europe, only 10 mins away and is becoming London's newest cultural scene. With its six tube lines, it is also the biggest interchange on the London overground.

Thanks to its convenient transport links and great cultural scene, the College attracts students from many areas of Central and North London.

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How to enrol

First come, first enrolled

Enrolling starts as soon as the new courses hit our website. Once a class is full, we will put you on a waiting list and contact you if a place becomes available.

Read the full course description on our website or ask Student Services. This is so you can make sure the course is right for you. It will also make it clear whether you need specialist advice or an interview or assessment before we can enrol you.


Online it is faster. Follow the instructions on our website. You will pay for your fee online and receive a receipt/learning agreement.

By Phone Call 020 7255 4759. We will then send you a summary with the Learning Agreement (which summarises your agreement with the college) for you to sign and return.

Using the enrolment form: downloadable from our website or available at Student Services on 020 7255 4759

Then send it to us:

  • by fax 020 7383 5561
  • by post to WMC, 44 Crowndale Road, London NW11TR
  • or in person at WMC's Student Services

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Open days

We are holding open days for the Foundation courses on the following days:

  • Tuesday 8 March 2016, 2-4pm
  • Tuesday 7 June 2016, 2-4pm

Student Story

Student: Mariangela Presti
Course: French Intermediate 3

'Learning another language is a great tool for life. Speaking allows you to make friends with people from other cultures. Being able to read opens up new perspectives.

I came to London from Italy eight years ago, already fluent in English. So I decided to learn French. Working Men’s College - The College for Women and Men with its central London location is so convenient. The facilities and support are great. The new spaces are stunning. I regularly read French books from the library, and used its PCs to practise on language websites.

I have a brilliant, wonderful teacher. She always gives 110 per cent and makes the lessons so interesting and funny. She is one of the main reasons I returned each time for the next class up. On a trip to Paris I was amazed by how much French I could speak, and that I could really get in touch with the Parisians. I plan now to consolidate and extend my learning so I can read academic articles in French as part of my work as a researcher.'

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Contact Details

Working Men's College - The college for women and men
44 Crowndale Road

Telephone: 020 7255 4700

Nearest Train/Tube Station: Mornington Crescent/Kings Cross