Our Art courses promote curiosity and nurture independent enquiry within a vibrant, dynamic, and interdisciplinary community

Undergraduate art courses

Art and Design courses

A full list of our Art and Design undergraduate courses, including optional Foundation year courses, can be found on our course page.

Creative Arts Practice

Our Creative Arts Practice course was designed for individuals with more than one field of interest, through this course you can study a combination of visual art disciplines. With emphasis on making and thinking, you’ll cover a range of subjects.

The first year of the course is structured and project based; you’ll be taught in a shared studio or workshop with academic and technical staff. You’ll learn new practical skills as well as developing those you already have.

As the course progresses, we’ll encourage you to explore your own individual studio practice in the areas of study you choose. You’ll benefit from support and encouragement from staff who are practitioners in their specialist fields. In addition you’ll have access to the range of technical facilities the School of Art and Design offers.

Postgraduate art courses

Fine Art

This studio based Fine Art course encompasses the whole range of Fine Art, from painting and sculpture to video and live art. Each element is supported by excellent facilities and taught by nationally and internationally practicing artists.

The programme is designed to fully develop your individual creative potential in an ever changing and challenging Fine Art environment.

Through a critical understanding of your own practice and a developed knowledge of the discourses that surround your chosen idiom, you’ll develop the skills and confidence to be able to communicate effectively and exhibit your work with authority.

Design (Ceramics)

This distinctive MA Design (Ceramics) course offers you the opportunity to study a range of approaches to ceramics at postgraduate level.

You’ll develop skills and knowledge through an exciting combination of material investigation and research. This will allow you to contextualise your practice in relation to current debates in art, craft and design and to develop an individual production strategy.

Approaches of past students range from sculpture and installation through to studio ceramics and design for products.

Curatorial Practice

Our Curatorial Practice course focuses on curating as a contemporary practice, bringing together history, theory and practice. We ask what is it that makes the role of the curator distinct, and how do we understand the essentials of curating, when it has become such a buzzword.

The course embraces contemporary curating in historic and collection-based settings as well as contemporary venues, digital, ‘pop-up’ and site specific contexts. It is delivered by experts in the field and working curators.

Design (Fashion and Textiles)

Our MA Design (Fashion and Textiles) combines creative practice with marketing theory and production. You will be taught by staff with a broad range of experiences in both making and industry, from small businesses to large fashion and design retailers. 

Visual Communication

Our MA Visual Communication course explores the use of illustration, graphic design, and photography as a communicative method in a number of industries, from advertising and product design, to personal practice and beyond. 

Aimed at perfecting your skills in creating dialogue through both textual and visual language, you will also be able to experience your practice in a global context, with field trips both at home and abroad.

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