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School of Arts

  • Art and Design

    Ranked 4th in the UK, we offer studio-based courses from Foundation Diploma to PhD.

  • Art & Design

    Currently ranked 4th in the UK, Fine Art offers intensive, studio-based courses from Foundation Diploma to PhD. With 24hr access to their own studio space, outstanding technical resources, and an extensive network of industry and professional practice partners, our students work with a highly accomplished team of resident and visiting artists, tutors and technical specialists. With small class sizes and a sector leading staff-to-student ratio, Fine Art is a tight-knit and dynamic creative community within which to develop new art works supported by theoretical grounding. Over the years, our Fine Art graduates have advanced impressive careers as artists, gallerists, and curators, to name but a few. With the creative industries growing faster than any other sector of the UK economy (Government statistics from DCMS), Fine Arts will help prepare you for
    a stimulating career in the arts.

  • Guest speakers 

    • Jay Osgerby (3D Designer) - designer of the Olympic Torch for London 2012
    • Andrew Wildman (Concept Artist) - concept Artist for Doctor Who and Illustrator of Marvel Transformer Comics
    • Omi Ong (Fashion Designer) - part of the design duo Vin + Omi who have a fashion colection at London Fashion Week
    • Cornelia Parker (artist, Turner Prize nominee)
    • Gavin Turk (artist)
    • Eddie Peake (artist)
    • Funki Porcini (artist, musician)
    • Aleksandra Mir (artist)
  • Research

    The staff in Art & Design are all active researchers exploring areas as diverse as socially engaged arts practice; kinetic sound art; the theories and practices of Joseph Beuys; and auto-ethnographic film-making. The School of Arts supports practice-based and theoretical research practices. In the last HEFCE research assessment (REF2014) research in Sound Art was assessed as world-leading (4*) - the highest possible category. Other areas of expertise identified by HEFCE include social sculpture and expanded arts practices.