1842 - ?

As early as 1842 advocated by many including William Etty (1787-1849) a school of arts and crafts was established in York located in St Leonard's Place close to the present site of York Art Gallery. It was at the time Britain's second provincial art school, Manchester being the first. Its prime purpose was to provide training in education and draughtsmanship for persons intending to become teachers or enter professions such as architecture and printing and was known as York School of Design. In 1855 it was renamed the York School of Art. It was relocated in 1892 when it moved into the York Art Gallery under the headship of William Arthur Turner. It was then known as York School of Art and Design. There it remained until 1974 when it was relocated into a purpose-built building on Tadcaster Road and absorbed into York College.