About us

The School of Art and Design is a thriving creative community, which has built its reputation as leading/highly-respected provider of art and design education over the past sixty years.

Situated within the City Campus, our beautiful Bower Ashton site is home to maker spaces and technical workspaces. This is complimented by inspiring city centre studio spaces at two international contemporary art centres: the Arnolfini and Spike Island.

We offer a range of courses in Art, Design Craft, and Design Communications. This includes seven undergraduate courses plus foundation level courses, and postgraduate courses in Design, Graphic Art, Multidisciplinary Printmaking and Curation. All of our courses benefit from extensive input from professional and industry specialists.

We also lead a partnership steering group with international art centres Arnolfini and Spike Island and this special alliance supports the design and delivery of our curricula, enhancing the student experience. 

Students in an art and design classroom

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.

Fashion show

Our partnerships and research

Student in the design building


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 a piece of art


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


News and events


Find out all the latest from the School of Art and Design.


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