Creative Capital: London’s Art and Design

Why study this module?

This module considers how art and design artefacts, both produced and located in London, can be studied and understood in the context of the social, political, cultural and economic circumstances of their production or collection.

Throughout this four-week module you'll study the art and design of London, with examples selected to represent the long, rich and varied history of London as a settlement. There will be a series of guided and curated visits to galleries, collections, houses and buildings that will reveal the range of artworks and designed objects in London and the purposes they served. You'll be taken to both the world-famous cultural sites of London and some of the lesser known or hard to access places that offer insight into how art and design are inextricably linked with the economy, image and life of London.

All of our summer school modules are worth 15 UK credit points / 3 US credit points / 7.5 ECTS. Upon successful completion we will provide you with a transcript of records.

Please note that our summer school modules are currently subject to validation. In the unlikely event that a module isn’t validated by its start date, we will get in touch to discuss the options available to you.

Applications now open!

To register for this summer school module you'll need to fill in our application form below.

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Application deadline: 1 April 2021

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Entry requirements

You can apply for a place on this summer school module if you are 18-years-old or above. If you are a non-native speaker you can also choose to take this module in combination with our English Language module.

You should have an English language certificate confirming your level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) qualification. Acceptable English language certificates include IELTS, Cambridge Advanced or Cambridge Proficiency Certificate, TOEFL and institutional tests such as those offered by the German Academic Exchange Service. Exceptions may apply if you are a native speaker or if your current degree is being taught in English (UK NARIC certification required). 

You may need a visitor visa to attend the summer school depending on your nationality and personal circumstances. A standard visitor visa will cost £95 and we will provide you with visa guidance after you have submitted your application.

This module can also be taken in combination with our Internship in London module. Entry requirements for this combination can be found on our Internship in London page.


More about this module

During this module you'll: 

  • understand artefacts of cultural production in their contexts 
  • learn how artworks and designed objects are produced, circulated and interpreted 
  • understand how meanings, values and contexts of artefacts change over time 
  • recognise concepts of value and worth attached to cultural artefacts and consider the effect of such judgements 
  • learn how to present outcomes of research appropriately and effectively 
Teaching and assessment

Throughout this module you'll learn through a variety of methods including lectures, workshops and guided study trips to museums, galleries and other cultural institutions or places of interest. 

Assessment on this module will consist of two components. The first assessment item will include an illustrated case study of a site, artefact or collection. The other will be a journal of sites visited and you can decide on the form of the journal, eg film, photography or website.

Module fees

The cost of this module is £1,400. Discounts are available if you wish to take more than one academic module from each session. Please contact us for further information. 

If you would like to take this module in combination with our English Language module, the total cost of your tuition fees would be £2,650. 

If you want to take this module in combination with our Internship in London module, the total cost of your tuition fees would be £3,500.

How to apply

To register for this summer school module you'll need to fill in our application form below.

International Summer School application form

Application deadline: 1 April 2021

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Noelle and Johanna from the summer school team at