Visualisation of new building at Bower Ashton

City Campus development

City Campus is home to UWE Bristol’s creative and cultural subjects.

Comprising of sites at Bower Ashton, Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed, the multi-site campus gives our students the chance to work alongside creative professionals – and to get more closely involved in the work of the city’s most prominent creative spaces.

The new campus has been developed as a result of our close partnerships with some of Bristol’s principal creative organisations. Working with Spike Island since 2005, and with the Watershed since 2011, we run courses through both of their sites, and collaborate on research and other creative projects too.

Adding to these links, in 2015 we embarked on a significant new partnership with Arnolfini, which will see our Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education collaborating with the centre on programming, education workshops, seminars, events and academic research.

City Campus brings all of these links together into a new multi-site campus, where our students, industry professionals and colleagues can share ideas and develop their talents in the city’s most inspiring locations.

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“City Campus makes learning dynamic and relevant. It makes the city our campus and blends learning, research, innovation, work and play.”

Louise Jennings, Associate Dean, UWE Bristol

City Campus development work

As part of the City Campus project, we have made significant investment in developing our site at Bower Ashton to refresh our facilities, grow our services, and ensure our students and staff have access to state-of-the-art learning and teaching environments.

In particular, we have added new spaces for traditional making, alongside the most modern and high-tech facilities used in the creative industries today. The project includes both the refurbishment of existing facilities and new buildings being built for our Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education. You can see how the new spaces look in our Bower Ashton redevelopment gallery.

View the Bower Ashton redevelopment gallery

Progress so far

The City Campus project has involved four phases of development work:

Phase one – completed 2012

We kicked off the project by adding industry-standard newsroom facilities at Bower Ashton to support our Journalism programmes.

Phase two – completed 2014

In phase two, we created new specialist drama facilities, following the relocation of our drama courses from St Matthias. We transformed the courtyard area into a vibrant, open-plan student learning zone, and expanded and refurbished our catering, library and Students’ Union facilities.

Phase three – completed 2015

In 2015, we refurbished floors 3, 4 and 5 of the Arnolfini building, relocating our BA(Hons) Graphic Design, MA Graphic Arts and BA(Hons) Drawing and Print programmes into the heart of the city.

Phase four – in progress

The fourth and final phase of the project focuses on the site at Bower Ashton and involves constructing two new buildings to support our Schools of Art and Design and Film and Journalism as well as modernising our existing studios, facilities, research labs and student support provision.

In September 2017 we are opening new film studios, to provide industry-standard production and post-production facilities for our programmes in Animation, Photography and Filmmaking ((Building 1) Film Studios design access statement (12MB)). This will be followed in 2018 by another new building to house design studios and provide a new home for our fabulous physical making facilities.

The final element of this phase will be to refurbish teaching rooms and bring together student support services to offer an even better student experience.


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