About us

We are a community that goes far beyond traditional boundaries and expectations. By combining traditional crafts, digital innovation and critical thinking across practical learning and world class research, we provide a unique background for our students to learn and thrive in.

Based in one of the biggest creative hotspots outside of London, you’ll benefit from the huge variety of artistic, cultural and media organisations Bristol has to offer. We are at the centre of this internationally renowned cultural and creative network. Our connections with businesses and research centres give you the opportunity to work with and hear from experts and specialists through teaching, events, live briefs and placements.

You’ll have access to specialist maker spaces, industry-standard studios and production facilities at our Bower Ashton site – part of our City Campus, which also includes three international contemporary art centres: Arnolfini, Spike Island and Watershed. These sites offer you access to shared studio space with working artists, as well as talks, workshops and opportunities to exhibit work and to get involved in community outreach projects.

Choose to be a student here and you’ll be inspired to bring your ideas to life while developing a sense of belonging within a like-minded community of creatives.

Our subjects

Art on the wall


Our Art courses include: Illustration, Fine Art and more. Find out why you should study an Art degree at UWE Bristol.

Product design project produced by a student


On our design courses, you'll work on live briefs, be inspired by study visits and benefit from our extensive industry links, both in buzzing Bristol and further afield.

Students performing on a stage

Drama and Acting

Our courses include: Drama and Drama and Acting. Find out why you should study a Drama and Acting degree at UWE Bristol.

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English, History and Writing

Our courses include: English Literature, English Language and Linguistics, Film Studies, History, Creative and Professional Writing and more.

Models wearing fashion clothing created by fashion students


Our Fashion courses include: Fashion Communication and Fashion Textiles Find out why you should study a Fashion degree at UWE Bristol.

Students in animation studio

Filmmaking, Animation and Photography

Our courses include: Animation, Filmmaking, Photography, Wildlife Filmmaking and more.

Students working together at a laptop on a media piece

Journalism and Media

Our courses include: Media Communication, Media Production, Journalism and Radio Documentary.

Student showcase

View our digital showcase featuring the work of students from 25 of UWE Bristol’s creative programmes across art, design, animation, fashion, media, performance, photography and filmmaking.

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Our facilities

Students and staff screen printing in a design studio

Art and design

Develop your skills in traditional and contemporary crafts, processes and digital technologies.

Bower Ashton D block

Design studios

Our state-of-the-art Design Studios at Bower Ashton are helping to shape the future of the creative industries.

Music students making the most of the great facilities at UWE Bristol

Drama, Acting and Music

Make the most of exciting facilities at Bower Ashton Studios, Frenchay Campus, Arnolfini (Bristol's International Centre for Contemporary Arts) and our Centre for Music.

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English, History and Writing

Take a personalised virtual tour of our creative teaching spaces, such as our dedicated Resource Centre or S Block Atrium.

Fashion students working in a studio


You can access facilities across the whole of Bower Ashton Campus whilst studying fashion, exploring fabrication, print and digital design to produce incredible work.

Student editing film using touch display facilities at City Campus

Filmmaking, Animation and Photography

Get skilled, practiced and inspired in one of the UK's hottest spots for animation, filmmaking and photography. Whether you're inspired by the BBC or Aardman, find facilities to match your creativity at UWE Bristol.

Students working together on computers

Journalism and Media

Passionate about discovering the truth and telling the world about it? From newsroom and radio labs to mobile media on the go, gain the craft and master the tools to get your stories out there.

Our partnerships and research

Fine Art student painting in one of our City Campus studios


Well-established links with some of the top creative and cultural organisations in the region have led to an evolving portfolio of exciting collaborations and opportunities.

Student working on laptop decorated with bright stickers at City Campus


Research plays an integral role in the School of Arts, generating new knowledge through a mixture of dialogue, practice and critique. The findings feed directly into your learning experience, providing valuable insights.


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News and events


Find out all the latest from the School of Arts. You can also join our social channels:


Find out what events are taking place across the University and how you can take part.

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