About the Cambridge School of Art

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A creative community like no other

We're home to 900 students and a host of art, design and media professionals. Small class sizes and caring tutors mean you'll never be far from a friendly face to help you out on your path to a creative career.

With our great industry links, you'll have plenty of opportunities to present your work, gain recognition and network with professionals. And as a student of Anglia Ruskin University, you'll have access to all the support a large university provides, including great careers advice.

Inspiring creativity since 1858

The original Cambridge School of Art was opened in 1858 by renowned British art critic, draughtsman, watercolourist and prominent social thinker John Ruskin. It has remained well-regarded ever since. Legendary cartoonist and graphic artist Ronald Searle (1920-2011) studied here, as did Edward Bawden, one of Britain’s greatest graphic artists, illustrators and printmakers, and Gustav Metzger, the pioneer of auto-destructive art.

In 1953 Odile Crick, a lecturer at Cambridge School of Art, drew the original sketch of the DNA double helix, to illustrate the pioneering work by geneticists Crick and Watson at Cambridge University. During the highly creative and experimental 1960s, Cambridge School of Art was home to many talented tutors and gifted students, including caricaturists Roger Law and Peter Fluck of Spitting Image fame and Pink Floyd members Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour, who played one of their first gigs from the balcony of the Ruskin studios at Christmas 1966.