About us

Welcome to the School of Arts a leading educator of creative practice, with a trusted reputation and strong ties to Bristol's creative sectors. We’ll immerse you in the city’s dynamic arts and cultural scene.

Located across two campuses, the School is spread across Bristol’s creative ecosystem. If you're based at City Campus, you'll have access to specialist maker spaces, industry-standard studios and production facilities at our Bower Ashton site. And it is also home to two international contemporary art centres, Arnolfini and Spike Island, complete with inspiring city centre studio spaces to enjoy. Our Frenchay Campus is home to a range of stimulating humanities courses, and if you're based here you'll have access to all the latest insight and technology, as well as some fantastic study spaces and a 24/7 library. 

As one of the biggest creative hotspots outside London, Bristol is brimming with a huge variety of artistic, cultural and media organisations. Our partnerships with local museums, news hubs and artistic venues, including the BBC, Arnolfini, Watershed and ScreenSkills, offer opportunities for real-world learning and professional placements.

At UWE Bristol, we believe creativity powers innovation, growth and progress. We work with agile industry leaders to create new futures, developing digital and immersive technologies through our research.

Students in a City Campus studio

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.

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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 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


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

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