Close to the city centre of Carlisle in a beautiful, leafy setting, the University of Cumbria’s Institute of the Arts is everything you need to inspire your creativity. We are currently ranked at #1 in the UK for 'student satisfaction' for our Fine Art courses*.
*Guardian League Tables 2017
What Art and design courses do we offer?
Why study Art and Design at the University of Cumbria?
The purpose-built arts resources and equipment at Brampton Road are excellent for students. Our highly practical courses are focused on the development of your skills and the atmosphere is friendly and lively. We aim to provide you with a rich, personal and unique experience and we have a proven record of excellence in teaching, student support and graduate employment.
The Graphic Design and Illustration studio is the hub of the course, students are encouraged to access daily. There is ample working space and over 80 Mac's with the latest software.
Photography has a wide range of specialist resources available for almost every conceivable art and photographic outcome. You will be able to work with a range of new equipment, including Nikon digital cameras, professional digital medium-format, panoramic Hasselblad and 4x5 large format, on location or in one of the three main professionally equipped studios. Post-production and printing is through high-quality dedicated, Mac workstations with the latest printers.
Working in the Creative Economy
From the outset you will be encouraged to find your artistic direction on our courses and our aim is to develop your professional knowledge and skills in order for you to forge a career in relevant industries. We also have a strong focus on helping students to acquire the skills required to pursue a freelance, portfolio career.
Many of our students become practitioners, designers and photographers. Some work as freelance artists while others find careers with national and international organisations. Our graduates can be found working in a wide range of industries from galleries and museums, across the media, to their own studios and companies. They are curators, art therapists, illustrators, animators, photographers, stylists and picture editors (to name a few). Their work has featured in books, magazines, galleries, advertising campaigns, web design and film and TV title sequences.
Working with Industry Professionals
Our experienced staff have professional backgrounds in relevant areas and maintain their own practice. We have strong connections with the industry to maximise opportunities for students to be taught by visiting professionals and take part in innovative live projects or work placements.
Some of our students have been head-hunted by major publishing houses such as Future Publishing and Condé Nast. In 2016 one of our current students was runner-up in the prestigious ‘Book Illustration Competition’, beating other entries from 27 countries to make the shortlist.
Meet the Team