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The School of Arts at Oxford Brookes brings together filmmakers, fine artists, graphic designers, photographers, journalists, publishers and beyond to form an inspiring, dynamic community of creatives.
Our courses combine the academic rigour of traditional programmes with professional development components in a creative setting. Our courses 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.
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.
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 (see below). 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.
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.
The Documentary Club screens documentaries made by independent film makers addressing a wide range of cultural, political and social issues.
Oxford Brookes University Choir and Orchestra (OBUCO) perform twice a year and open to all students, staff and the community (over 18).
Our students’ union is a hub for all kinds of social activities and opportunities to get involved in wider student life.