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

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.

The city and the wider region are also 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

Our courses are designed to inspire and prepare our students for employment or further study after graduation.

Taught by nationally and internationally recognised leaders and practitioners in their fields, our courses are developed to ensure they remain at the cutting edge, offering the best opportunities and latest knowledge. Research practice underpins our courses, and we work closely with the private, public and third sectors so that we have the right expertise to guide and inspire you.

Our students graduate confident and versatile, able to pursue a range of career options. We’re confident that our programmes act as a great springboard to work and further study.

Our staff

We’re committed to providing the highest possible standard of teaching. In the 2018 National Student Survey, we received a 91% overall satisfaction rating, reflecting the dedication and expertise of staff within the Department.

Besides teaching, staff publish and lecture extensively, both domestically and abroad. Much of the Department’s research is coordinated and directed through our research groups and centres for Digital Culture, Linguistics and Regional History. Staff are also committed to disseminating their research more widely through a variety of popular events.

Our partners

We bring in professionals from regional and global organisations such as Watershed Media Centre to supplement our expertise and provide a wealth of opportunities. Recent collaborations include the development of a showcase app for Bristol Parkhive, and a tourist-information app for Clifton Suspension Bridge. Students are encouraged to take up these opportunities to gain work experience and internships, and to provide them with the essential distinctiveness that employers value.

Dr James Lee
Head of Department

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