Welcome to the Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
The Department of Arts and Cultural Industries is based on UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus. We offer an exciting range of courses in Creative and Professional Writing, English, English Language and Linguistics, Film Studies, History and Heritage, and Media Culture and Creative Design.
A cultural and creative city
The city and the wider region are home to a vast range of cultural and creative industries. In addition to an array of small and medium-sized enterprises, Bristol is home to prestigious organisations such as BBC Natural History and Factual units, Immediate Media Co. and Arnolfini.
There’s always something to experience, and Bristol's unique blend of culture ensures it’s a great place to live and study.
Our courses are designed to inspire our students and to prepare them for their future wide-ranging careers.
Taught by national and world-leading experts in their fields, our courses push the boundaries of subject knowledge through our research-informed pedagogy, while giving students the opportunity to apply their subject knowledge in real-world experiences and assessment.
High-quality, impactful, and REF-leading research underpins our course content, and we work alongside private, public and third sector partners to enhance every aspect of our teaching and research. Our graduates are confident and versatile, fully equipped to work in an impressive range of careers.
Teaching excellence lies at the heart of what we do. In the 2018 National Student Survey, we achieved 91% overall satisfaction. This reflects not only the quality of the student experience, but also the dedication and expertise of staff within the department.
Alongside teaching, all staff are research active and engage in professional research activities. Our Research Groups and Centres (including the Digital Cultures Research Centre, the Regional History Centre, and the Bristol Centre for Linguistics), are focal points and facilitators of research co-ordination and investment.
We work collaboratively in teaching and research with professionals from regional and global organisations such as Watershed Media Centre, to co-deliver high-quality student experiences. All our courses have student placement opportunities and we work with our partners to help our students gain relevant industry experience, and to help our partners develop their business. All students in the department are given the opportunity to complete recognised industry qualifications in leadership and management (ILM) as part of their studies.
Bristol is renowned as an innovative city. The city’s festival culture forms the backbone of a vibrant arts scene; and landmarks such as Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain offer glimpses of Bristol’s cultural heritage.
Dr James Lee
Head of Department