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Welcome to the Home of Creatives

At Carlisle and Ambleside

Ever been told that a creative career isn't a 'proper job'? They were wrong.

The creative industry is worth over £100Billion each year in the UK alone. At the University of Cumbria, our job is to inspire, challenge, and prepare you to be part of this exciting industry. This is the place where culture is created and where artistic dreams become reality.

Refine your craft in collaboration with our industry experts while developing your theoretical knowledge and gaining experience with work and placement opportunities.

Join the 96% of students who get a job or go into further study within 15 months of graduating (HESA, 2020).

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Graphic Design

BA (Hons) Graphic Design is our three year course providing you with the skills and expertise to kickstart your career.

BA (Hons) Graphic Design with Placement adds a placement module to give you real-world industry experience.

BA (Hons) Graphic Design (with Integrated Foundation Year) allows you to enter the course if you have alternative qualifications or don't quite meet our entry criteria.

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Creative Research

Founded on a proud history stretching back almost 200 years, our Institute of the Arts undertakes various research projects each year. Current research projects include: Arts Research Scotland The BraveArts Research fellow Appointment, and Arts Research Vanishing Point

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