Wimbledon College of Art

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Wimbledon College of Art, formerly Wimbledon School of Art, is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London. It is located in Wimbledon and Merton Park, South West London.


The foundation of Wimbledon College of Art goes back to 1890, when an art class for the Rutlish School for Boys was started. Between 1904 and 1920 this was housed in the Wimbledon Technical Institute in Gladstone Road. It became independent in 1930 and moved to Merton Hall Road in 1940. Theatre design was taught from 1932, and became a department in 1948. BA courses were introduced from 1974, and MA courses from 1984. In 1993 the school, which previously had been controlled by the London Borough of Merton, was incorporated as an independent higher education institution, and from 1995 awarded degrees accredited by the University of Surrey.<ref name=qaa/><ref name=ual/>

Wimbledon School of Art became part of the University of the Arts London in 2006 and was renamed Wimbledon College of Art.


Wimbledon is divided into three academic schools, School of Foundation Studies, School of Fine Art and School of Theatre. Each school delivers a suite of specialist art and design courses ranging from foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate, as well as providing research supervision for students undertaking a research programme of study.


Wimbledon is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London, with Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication and London College of Fashion.

Notable alumni

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  • James Acheson (costume designer)<ref name=wimb/>
  • Hurvin Anderson (artist)
  • Jeff Beck (musician)<ref name=cug/>
  • Raymond Briggs (author)<ref name=cug/>
  • Georgina Chapman<ref name=cug/>
  • Tony Cragg (1988 Turner Prize winner)<ref name=wimb/>
  • Peter Doig (1994 Turner Prize nominee)<ref name=wimb/>
  • John Joseph Haldane (philosopher)
  • Richard Hudson (stage designer)<ref name=wimb/>
  • Charles Knode (costume designer)<ref name=wimb/>
  • Christopher Oram (theatre designer and Laurence Olivier Award winner)<ref name=cug/>
  • Phoebe Philo (fashion designer)<ref name=wimb/>
  • Mark Tildesley (production designer)<ref name=wimb/>
  • Anthony Ward (theatre designer)<ref name=wimb/>

Notable staff

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  • Prunella Clough (1999 Jerwood Painting Prize winner)
  • Maggi Hambling (sculptor, Jerwood Painting Prize winner 1995)<ref name=wimb/>
  • Anthony Wood, FSHA, FSSI, (heraldic artist, calligrapher and illuminator; lecturer and art teacher (1965-1986) at the Wimbledon School of Art )




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