Welcome to the School of Art and Design

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UWE's School of Art and Design is located in Bristol - one of the most exciting creative cities in the UK - and has an international reputation for the high quality of its teaching and research.

Creative location

Bristol is an exciting place to live and study creative subjects, with many festivals, events, arts venues and emerging networks of practitioners. The city hosts some outstanding creative and cultural organisations – Watershed, Arnolfini, Royal West of England Academy, Spike Island and Bristol City Museums and Art Galleries.

Our partnerships

Our links and partnerships with organisations and businesses across the region enables us to develop and deliver a curriculum in tandem with the needs of the breadth of the art and design industry.

We also work closely with the School of Film and Journalism and share many collaborative opportunities.

Subject areas

All of our programmes benefit from extensive input from visiting lecturers and professional or industry specialists. Students have the opportunity to participate in inspirational cross-programme collaborations, external events and exhibitions, as well as developing their specialist expertise within a chosen area of practice.

We provide a diverse curriculum of making, ideas-generation and real-life testing, with all courses operating clear pathways to becoming a flexible and aspirational creative professional.

State-of-the-art facilities

Students studying at the School of Art and Design engage with traditional and digital technologies through practice-based, professionally orientated programmes. We invest heavily in our facilities and resources to support our students – from workshop areas, space and kit to experienced academics, technicians and researchers.

Work-ready graduates

Through work placements and research into career opportunities, study exchanges, professional practice and collaborations with industry, we offer choice and flexibility within a stimulating environment, in preparation for the world of work and for further study.

Karen Lewis
Head of Department
School of Art and Design

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