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Section 1: Overview

Is this course for me?

  • This course is ideal for students who want to improve their English whilst practicing their art and design skills.
  • It allows you to prepare a portfolio of artwork for future study or work purposes.
  • It combines general English with specialist art and design related disciplines.

Key Facts

Available in

  • London
  • Oxford

Start dates:

  • Every Monday between 2 January and 10 December 2019 
  • Every Monday between 6 January and 7 December 2020

Entry level:

  • Elementary (Kings Level 2)


  • 16+


  • Minimum 2 weeks

Class size:

  • Maximum 14 in English
  • Maximum 10 in Art 

Lessons per week:

  • 28 lessons per week total (21 hours).  20 lessons (15 hours) General English + 8 lessons (6 hours) Art and Design 

Included in the price:

  • 28 lessons per week (21 hours)
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Course materials
  • Basic art materials 
  • Sketchbooks 
  • Use of art studio 
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation and progress tests
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Access to Classmate, the Kings online learning platform
  • Free Wi-fi at school
  • Full access to Kings social programme, with at least two free activities per week
  • Full access to join Kings’ school clubs and societies
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)
"I studied in Oxford before and then I moved to London. I don't have experience of studying Art in Oxford, but I chose it here because my university major is Fine Art. I am working with watercolours, and there are many books that can help me."

Section 2: Course structure and content

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) per week of General English
  • 8 lessons (6 hours) per week Art and Design
    + independent project/portfolio work

General English lessons

Your general English lessons will be designed to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening at a consistent rate. Each week, lessons will focus on a different topic.

Key areas covered include:

Communication skills

  • Conversational language skills
  • Listening and accents
  • Reading and interpretation
  • Writing and presenting

Linguistic resources

  • Building your vocabulary bank
  • Fine tuning your pronunciation
  • Interpretation of texts
  • Grammar and syntax

Study skills

  • Note taking and revision
  • Research skills
  • Time management and planning
  • Dictionary work
  • Learner autonomy

Cultural and personal development

  • Understanding cultural difference and similarity
  • Team work and leadership
  • Presenting an argument
  • Discussion skills

You will be assigned to your general English class based on your current Kings Level. We have classes suitable for students at Level 1 (Beginner) right through to Level 8 (Advanced), and you will progress up through the levels as your skills improve and your confidence grows.

Specialised Art and Design lessons

  • The art and design lesson content is determined by the student, and is structured around their experience and personal interests. This allows a broad range of students to gain a different, personally tailored experience in art and design.
  • Each student fills in a questionnaire on arrival and has a tutorial with their art teacher in their first lesson where they discuss their art background and previous experience as well as their learning goals.
  • Students can attend with different levels of experience in art and design, from degree level, or pre-masters students to complete beginners, and can attend for different amounts of time.
  • Those who are planning further study in art and design can get portfolio advice and expert guidance on how to prepare effectively for art courses or job applications.
  • Students will get an understanding of how art and design is taught in the UK through project work to develop creative thinking.
  • Many students simply want to work on their drawing skills, either for themselves or for courses for which they are planning to apply.

Art and design techniques

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Practical 3-D design, for example, modelling, construction and design process including drawing
  • Fashion/textiles

Kings Oxford also offers:

  • Stop frame animation
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration

Portfolio development

  • Students will be advised on further art and design study in the UK.
  • Portfolio development can consist of advice on selecting and presenting work, creating new work for a portfolio and giving a student the means to continue developing their portfolio after their course.
  • Students wanting to work on portfolios should bring, if possible, images of any previous work and work in progress that they may wish to include in their portfolio.

Section 3: The Kings Art Studios

  • At both Kings Oxford and Kings London, fully-equipped art studios are available for English Plus Art and Design students to use. The Oxford studio is based at the Alfred Street Annexe in central Oxford.
  • Both studios are light and spacious, and specially equipped for teaching painting, drawing and modelling.
  • The studios provide a great space to meet other students after class to share and develop artistic ideas, and to learn new skills. You may also work on projects in your spare time here.
  • Software available includes Photoshop, and InDesign and Illustrator in Oxford.

Thank you for your enquiry.
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The Kings Admissions Team