Why study with us?

This is a creative and intensive programme of self-directed study that encourages the breakdown of conventional barriers between arts disciplines and prepares students to locate their position within contemporary practice.

Our staff are dynamic and passionate practicing artists with international reputations. Our lecturers also publish and exhibit internationally and being active within the research world, are well placed to pass their extensive knowledge and expertise on to our students.

We offer modern and well-equipped facilities with studio and exhibitions space in abundance. Postgraduate students have the opportunity to access workshop and studio resources hosted by the fine art programme in printmaking, sculpture, photography, AV and IT suites as well as all other facilities within the university.

Our campus in Carlisle is central in relation to many cultural centres such as Liverpool, Glasgow, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Manchester.

What can this course lead to?

Graduates have been successful in developing their position within the visual arts, exhibiting nationally and internationally. They are also at the centre of initiatives within Cumbria related to contemporary arts.

Graduates have gone on to be for example, professional artists, curators in private and public galleries, programme coordinators at independent film theatres, researchers, art academics, freelance curators and artist agency directors and operatives.

In anticipation of this, students are encouraged to work outside the University in addition to their studio practice, in conducting research, negotiating with third parties and setting up exhibitions and/or events.

We consider it part of our collective remit to be exploring and promoting the influence and scope of contemporary art as knowledge producer in respect of its methodologies and as a critical instrument in the arenas of culture, politics and ethics

Resources and facilities

This interdisciplinary course is supported by technical resources and staff at both the Caldewgate site and at the Brampton Road campus.

These facilities together include: workshops for sculpture, printmaking, photographic studios, AV studios and editing suites.

A well-equipped seminar room is pivotal to the programme for the delivery of lectures and student presentations. Each student is allocated a studio area, progressively larger at each academic level, and bookable space exists for installations or special events.


Tuition fee bands

Home and EU students: Band A
International students: Band E

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