The Institute of Arts is the home of creativity in Cumbria. We are artists and creative practitioners, students and academics. We work across art forms and we are focussed on your creative work from day one and throughout your career.
The British Creative Industry boasts an estimated 2.04 million jobs, with 75% of these outside of London. On the same note, the Createch industry, including creative and digital, is responsible for over 16% of all jobs in the UK. Our industry contributes almost £13 million per hour to the British Economy and our sector is growing more than five times faster than the national economy. Cumbria’s Creative Industry itself supports 11,000 jobs and it’s worth £84.82 million. And our job, here at the University of Cumbria, is to inspire, challenge and prepare you to be part of this exciting industry.
If you are an emerging artist who wants to work in the inspiring landscape of Cumbria we want to find you. It’s our purpose and mission to support and challenge you, to help you build the career your imagination demands. We want to open up our facilities to your projects so you can make artworks of all sorts and develop your creative self for a rewarding career.
We want to open your mind to fresh collaborations within Cumbria’s rich community of artists and to help you to prepare for a digital creative future in a global cultural economy. Artists shape the way we imagine and respond to the world. You have a role to play in the creative and sustainable future and it is our job to help you prepare for this future.
Our academic and technician staff are artists and practitioners in their own right. They will guide and mentor you through your studies and help you build the right skill set for the exciting world that is the Creative Economy. Our staff know the value of originality, spontaneity and authenticity. They will work with you to develop your voice and your unique talent. Along the way you will also learn about how to support your career and tailor your skills for the Creative Industries. Our courses are built in partnership with the industry and creative and cultural employers are part of the development of everything we do. You will also develop the analytical and research skills that will enable you to keep on learning in a changing world.
It doesn’t matter what age you are, you might be fresh out of school trying out your skills with a desire to learn, or you might be returning to study to refresh your creative skills and techniques. We will work with you to build your skills – you can go from undergraduate to doctoral level. A degree from the IoA gives you membership for life of an exclusive group of Cumbria Creatives, including:
- Helen Skelton - (2004) Countryfile, Blue Peter, TV presenter
- Katie Slavin Tower - (2018) Shining Stars ASN
- Mally Chung - (1998) Location Manager
- Lucy Hadley (2015) Artist/Illustrator
- Keith Tyson (1990) Turner Prize Winner 2002
We look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve your creative potential.