Welcome to the Institute of the Arts. Delivering excellence in Art and Design education since 1822. Become part of a lively and friendly community of arts practitioners. Take a look at our department pages to find out what makes us special.

On the 11-12th January, we had the privilege of welcoming Arts Council England chief executive Darren Henley to our Brampton Road and Ambleside campuses. Here he gives his thought on the visit and of our university

Art & Design: Create a bright future

We have a fantastic inheritance in Art and Design education going back nearly 200 years as part of our legacy institutions. Our former students include internationally acclaimed artists and a Turner prize winner. Our purpose-built studios give you the space (and light!) you need to work individually and collectively, and our workshops are supported by dedicated technicians.

Find out more about Art & Design
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Media Arts: Realise your vision

With studios, edit suites, IT labs and kit to loan from sliders to drones, DSLR to high definition – you can realise your vision. Specialist software such as 3ds Max, Maya, XSI and Zbrush is available in dedicated high-performance suites. Our graduates are working in a range of roles in the industry for companies such as Disney, Pixar, BBC Productions, MTV (Berlin), ITV Productions, Company Pictures, Planet 24, Nickelodeon, Lionhead Studios and Independent Productions. To date, our students have won 27 Royal Television Society awards – is your project next?

Discover our Media Arts courses
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Performing Arts: Showcase your talent

Our three performance spaces are the hub for our intensively practical degrees, staging over 300 performances a year. We bring the industry to you, hiring over 40 visiting directors, choreographers and musical directors to work on our performance projects. This enables you to network and seek placements and jobs. Our London Showcase at the end of the course gives you the opportunity to seek agency representation and meet casting directors.

Explore our Performing Arts courses Stanwix Theatre
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What's on

We offer a rich diversity of events and opportunities throughout the year, including theatrical productions, exhibitions and student and artist-led activities.

View our programme

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