Ealing Art College

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Ealing Art College was 'Ealing Technical College & School of Art', a further education institution on St Mary's Road, Ealing, London, England. The site today is the Ealing campus of University of West London. In the early 1960s the School of Art was composed of Fashion, Graphics, Industrial Design, Photography and Fine Art Departments, and the college was attended by notable musicians Freddie Mercury, Ronnie Wood and Pete Townshend.[1]

There was also a School of Liberal Arts which offered secretarial and undergraduate language course in French, Spanish, German and Russian and included a semestre at L'ecole d'interpretes, University of Geneva. It was considered revolutionary at the time (mid-sixties)

The two-year Groundcourse was held in the annex to the Art School. The "Groundcourse" was a radical and influential experiment in art education, led by Roy Ascott with a team of artists including R B Kitaj and Anthony Benjamin. For a few years in the 1970s, the college had a separate campus at Woodlands Avenue, Acton, where the Schools of Librarianship and Management were based.

Notable alumni[edit]




Writers and journalists[edit]

  • Michael Molloy - ex-editor of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror
  • Robert Rankin - best selling author, illustrator and sculptor
  • Michael Lawrence - author of many books for children and young adults
  • John Van der Kiste - author (his novel Always There is based partly on his student days at Ealing)
  • Jan Warburton - Author and Ghost writer. Has written 4 contemporary romantic novels. Also ghost wrote "Only Human" autobiography of American soul singer songwriter Tommy Hunt.


  1. ^ a b c d "How one man wove a kind of magic in Ealing", The Independent. Retrieved 2 July 2011