Elevate Your English Teaching

ELT Consultancy for International Art schools

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How do you ensure ALL students leave your international art school with a better English level than the day they arrived?

With today’s technology, art students don’t need to sit in an ‘English class,’ they can improve their English with real-life experiences.

It is time to make art school English learning practical!

As well as targeted English for creative careers, international art schools need a school-wide English Strategy.

For tips on cost-effective ways to improve your students’ English education, sign up for the English Education Health Check.


Has YOUR English teaching evolved in the last 10 years?

English for International Art Schools | Health Check

International Art School English education needs to be increasingly affordable, time-efficient, and effective – but what does that look like in 2023?

How many of these targets are you meeting? ✔️

  • English at art school should never be presented like a high school class.
  • The need for English should not feel like a chore to ANYONE (directors, staff or students).
  • Working on English should not leave students creative identity at the door.
  •  Art school English classes need to be taught by teachers who are clear and informative on the life skills graduating artists need.
  • International art schools need a school-wide English Strategy.

If your English classes look like high school classes – you ARE failing your students.

English classes like high school classes:

  • Disempower and infantize students.
  • Make your students hugely resistant to any form of English learning.
  • Don’t serve neurodiverse students.
  • Do little to establish good long-term English-learning habits.
  • Fail to make English relevant to a professional creative practice.

Do you know how good your English department actually is?

Many international art school directors don’t know how to evaluate if their English department is meeting current needs.

Why not use our free diagnostic tool and see?

Discover quick wins to make it immediately better – and see how we can help you implement a school wide English strategy.

Is your English Department just paying lip service?

Many International Art School English Departments are Underperforming

The common excuse is that it’s hard to make English learning a priority in an art school environment.

At art school, English is regarded as the pyjamas under the Christmas tree. (Thoroughly useful – but hard to get excited about when there’s so much other cool stuff around).

English at Art School Should be Dynamic – and Open Doors onto the World

It can and should be taught like this!

At Blue Noun, our specialism is elevating English to be as interesting, creative, and expressive as any other art school subject.

Over the last 10 years, the student’s English needs have evolved. 

– Their average entrance language level has improved.

– Tools, technology and good ELT practice have all changed.

Has your English department?

Art School English departments are too often in the wrong hands.

It is Time to Learn What You Don’t Know

Directors, are YOU up-to-date with:

  • What’s achievable in the hours of English tuition you provide? (and what’s feasible in any time period – ie: how much practice do your students need?)
  • Ways to assess student other than scholarly tests (which measure knowledge not progress & effort made).
  • What language skills to prioritise for a career in art (clue – it’s not vocabulary).
  • The online resources and courses you could integrate into your curriculum – and why that would be pedagogically effective.

In truth, the director of an art school can have a pretty poor idea of how good or bad their English department actually is.

Our FREE health-check tool gives tips for every education budget.

Many are even money-saving.


International Art Schools, We Can Help if:

  • Your English Department is the last thing you want to spend time thinking about.
  • Your English department is out of date.
  • You would like an overview of the best pedagogic options available – for your students and your budget.
  • Your  English department is not providing the language skills creative professionals need. 
  • You have an immediate English problem to solve: staff illness, strikes, or interview skill training missing from your programme. 


As long as students are graduating into a world where otherwise excellent artists and designers may NEVER break into their careers – because they lack English; art schools, you owe your students to evaluate how well your English department is performing: and take action now to make improvements.

Ruth, 2023


Our Expertise is Your Answer

Blue Noun are specialist in presenting the English language creatives need to know – in ways that motivate them to learn it.

We are a small team led by artist and course creator Ruth Pringle, Ba Hons / M.F.A., and a community of creatives. (Find out more here.)

Ruth has held different teaching roles in various art and design schools in different countries:  more details.

Our language hub has the capacity to deliver bespoke assistance to just 3 international art schools each academic year.

Should your school be one of them?

Use our free diagnostic tool to find out!