School of Arts

About the school

The School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University brings together filmmakers, fine artists, graphic designers, musicians, photographers, journalists, publishers and beyond to form an inspiring, dynamic community of creatives.

We cultivate a collaborative and exploratory approach to what we do. We are home to a hub of research. From across art, music, publishing, digital media and film, our researchers are engaged in practice-based, digital, theoretical and archival research. The School of Art has been recognised for its research into areas such as audience and reception studies, sonic art, musicology, film theory and fine art.

The School of Arts is proud to have a strong partnership with Modern Art Oxford. The partnership places an emphasis on diversity and access to participation and professional development opportunities within the creative sector. A range of initiatives including an internship scheme for Oxford Brookes BA Fine Art students provides a platform for the next generation of creative professionals.

Explore our campus

Discover our campus and specialist facilities from our printmaking workshop to our motion capture suite, Glass Tank gallery and more.

Research

The School of Arts provides a vibrant environment for staff and students to develop their research and is committed to building research excellence by nurturing existing and emerging strengths. 

The School currently has researchers engaged in practice-based research, and theoretical and archival research across the fields of Art & Design, Digital Media, Film, Music and Publishing. 

We have a series of research groups across all disciplines, where staff engage with and share their research projects. We also encourage student-led research initiatives, such as the Contemporary Art Research Unit (CARU) and the Live Art and Performance Group (LAPER), where students are supported in developing their own work.

Researcher demonstrating to an audience

Courses

The School of Arts offers a wide range of courses. From fine art to graphic design, music, digital media production, film studies to publishing and journalism. 

Our courses combine academic rigour with creative practice to cultivate and expand your interests. Our courses are designed to help you shape your own practice or career. They nurture and build independent thinkers who think critically and produce innovative work.

Arts students at Oxford Brookes are well placed to pursue a variety of careers in the creative industries.

Student Life in the School of Arts

While your studies are a top priority, you will still want to make the most of everything else student life offers. Within the school there are always projects you can work on outside of your chosen field of study. It could be that you wish to work with students from other disciplines, creating the music for a film or digital media project, or filming a piece of performance art. The possibilities are many and various. This might be part of an assessed module or just something you would like to do for fun. 

Collaborations with students across different subjects is a good way to make more friends. The School of Arts are proud to run university wide initiatives such as The Documentary Club and the University Orchestra and Choir as well as many societies.

Contact us

Missed one of our open days? We'd still like to hear from you. Get in touch with us and learn more about our programmes and life in our vibrant community.