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Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts comprises the historic Hull School of Art and Design and the Hull School of Performance Arts and is twinned with Harrogate School of Art and Design. The Hull School of Art and Design was founded in 1861 and is regarded nationally and internationally for its excellence as a specialist creative centre for higher education. It is based in iconic 1970s buildings located in the centre of the city overlooking Queens Gardens. The School of Performance Arts is situated in Hull’s medieval old town and benefits from access to the outstanding Horncastle building and its 200 seat Riverside Theatre which is open to the public.

Students are taught in small groups by practising artists, designers and performers and have access to their own design or studio space depending on their specialty. The Faculty of Arts offers an impressive range of degree and masters programmes and boasts national competition winners across the student and staff population.

Now has never been a better time to study the creative arts in Hull. September 2016 entrants will benefit significantly from the citywide preparations for the 2017 City of Culture.

We offer a friendly and creative environment in which to study. Our unique degree programmes maintain curriculum and vocational currency, giving students a comprehensive and contemporary range of subjects to choose from. The programmes are supported by multi-media and digital suites, purpose-built workshops dedicated to 3D and architectural design, industry-standard photographic studios, digital print and editing suites, art studios, textile studios with computer-linked dobby looms, extensive fashion workshops, a fully equipped TV studio including a radio and newsroom, recording studios and performance rehearsal spaces. These facilities attract many professionals to work in partnership with the Faculty, providing students with real experience of the exciting and vibrant creative industries.

Our teaching staff are passionate and committed to their subjects with experience of both industry and higher education contexts. Staff are engaged in their own research or professional practice, exhibiting nationally and internationally, working for prestigious clients, running and contributing to conferences and publishing their work.

The Faculty of Arts places great importance on external links which benefit students. Our track record in winning nationally important competitions, live project work, commissioned work and opportunities for students to exhibit in professional venues is excellent. Exposure to vibrant and diverse visiting professionals ensures that students are able to experience the work of eminent practitioners. Student progression into work and post-graduate study is testament to the relevant vocational enhancements that students enjoy whilst studying with us.


Mike Tierney BA (Hons) Graphic Design D&AD Award Winner

“With the help of my tutors I finished with a First Class Honours degree and had a full-time paid design job lined up as soon as I finished my course. Good times ahead.”

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