Art schools

James Purnell to step down as president and vice-chancellor of the University of the Arts London

After months of student protests, the former Labour minister will now lead the advisory group Flint Global

State officials will investigate sudden closure of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts as 600 workers are laid off

The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is examining the circumstances surrounding the renowned school’s closure, and Philadelphia’s city council is planning hearings

Philadelphia's University of the Arts suddenly closes, prompting president's resignation, student protests and a class action lawsuit

The institution gave just week's notice before its 7 June closure, causing confusion and upheaval throughout the community

Student sit-in at Goldsmiths in protest over planned job cuts

The college—an alma mater of Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst—faces a restructure and more than 130 possible redundancies

East Coast art college strikes deal for West Coast campus facilities

In response to financial pressures, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a graduate-only art school, is partnering with the big-name California Institute of the Arts 3,000 miles away

Students occupy London’s Central Saint Martins in pro-Palestine protest

They slept in a reception area of the art school as part of a demonstration against what they see as an unacceptable response from the university to Israel’s military campaign in Gaza

First-of-its-kind pro-Palestine faculty encampment continues at New York’s New School university

Following violent crackdowns on student protests, instructors at the left-leaning university and leading art school have set up tents in the lobby of an academic building

'Empty promises': art on Queens College campus in New York has languished in damaged state for decades

Staff allege that ongoing systemic issues have left the institution's art collection at risk—well before the City University of New York system could blame it all on lack of public funding

Artist Steve McQueen condemns planned job cuts at Goldsmiths

Restructure of London University college could result in loss of 133 roles across arts departments

Bard College plans $10m expansion of Center for Curatorial Studies’ library

The expansion of the influential programme’s library and archives will be named the Keith Haring Wing in recognition of a gift from the artist’s foundation

Pro-Palestine student group at RISD takes over school building

Negotiations between leaders and students at the top-tier art and design school have broken down

President Biden forgives $6bn in loans for students of defunct Art Institutes

The eight art and design colleges closed without warning last September

Art students arrested as US universities crack down on Palestinian solidarity encampments

Students at Parsons School of Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the School of Visual Arts, the Savannah College of Art and Design and others have joined the nationwide protest movement

Faculty at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts reach tentative contract agreement, averting strike

The potential deal between the union and administration came just hours before a vote to authorise a strike

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to end its degree-granting programmes

The institution, which began offering BFAs and MFAs in 2013, will wind down those programmes next year

US art college network abruptly closes its remaining campuses, shocking students and teachers

After losing accreditation in 2018, falling enrollment numbers and financial instability have led the Art Institutes to shut the doors of its remaining campuses

Former San Francisco Art Institute campus may house a future new art school

Bay Area philanthropists and arts leaders seek to continue the tradition of an art school at the old SFAI campus—great news for the Diego Rivera mural there

New school reimagines art education

Founded by art historian Romi Crawford, the New Art School Modality aims to both make art school more accessible and open up alternative forms of study and exchange

‘Such folk are treated like shit’: artists urge University of the Arts London to improve cleaners' working conditions

Artists including Tai Shani, Larry Achiampong and Jade Montserrat sign an open letter asking the institution to bring outsourced cleaners in-house

San Francisco Art Institute files for bankruptcy

After years of financial troubles, one of the Bay Area's leading art school's faces the potential liquidation of its storied archive

Hundreds of RISD students walk out in support of striking university workers

Students and faculty at the top-ranked art and design university have been vocal in their support of custodial, moving and groundskeeping staff

American art schools brace for positive discrimination policy ban

With the highest court in the US expected to rule against policies intended to boost student body diversity, universities and colleges are exploring alternative approaches.

Artist Colette Veasey-Cullors will be the next dean of New York’s International Center of Photography school

Veasey-Cullors, who currently serves as an interim vice provost at the Maryland Institute College of Art, takes the helm of the Manhattan-based photography school in June


Chinese government investigates sexual assault claims in art institutions

Enquiry prompted over wave of accusations at a major Beijing arts school

Mark Hallett appointed director of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London

He joins from Yale University's Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and will now oversee the next phase of the Courtauld's £57m redevelopment project

Bard College, in partnership with Indigenous art organisation Forge Project, will use $50m gift to overhaul Native American studies programme

The school’s American Studies programme will become the American and Indigenous Studies programme, and Forge Project’s executive director will become a fellow at Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies


At an art school in Gaza, creation prevails amid destruction

Bombings have halted classes in the city’s only accredited arts academy, but its founder keeps hope alive

Museum directors and art school leaders demand that UK government ‘scraps cuts to arts education’

"Art is essential to the growth of this country," say 300 art world figures and academics in open letter