Art, Media and Design Summer School

Spark your creativity in an environment that encourages you to develop your talent at our Art, Media and Design Summer School.

COVID-19 update

Online English and UK Culture Summer School

Face-to-face summer schools will not run in summer 2021. However, we are offering an Online English and UK Culture Summer School starting on Monday 16 August 2021.

About the programme

Our strong partnerships within Bristol's creative sector mean that we deliver dynamic courses at inspirational city centre venues with extensive input from professional, industry specialists.

Our Summer School is an exciting two-week programme that will help you to develop the creative skills and knowledge you need to study Art, Media and Design at higher education level.

You'll be taught by specialist instructors, working both individually and in small groups to design and create work using your new skills. To celebrate the end of the Summer School, we'll hold an exhibition of the work you've produced followed by a presentation of your certificates of attendance.

The course will take place in our new design studios building, part of City Campus Development, which has recently benefited from £20 million of investment in state-of-the-art facilities at Bower Ashton Campus.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside and the Ashton Court Estate, City Campus at Bower Ashton is just 15 minutes from the cultural heart of the city. Bristol was voted the 'best city to live in' in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide, 2017 and granted UNESCO City of Film status in February 2018.

And there will be plenty to keep you busy outside of the course too. We're arranging an exciting events programme, including social evenings and weekend excursions, so you'll get to make the most of your time with us.

What you will study

The programme includes skills-based workshops from the following:

  • Image making using virtual reality and iPad technology
  • Laser print
  • Laser cutting
  • Etching
  • Silk screen
  • Letter press
  • Moving image/animation
  • Photography
  • Graffiti art
  • Bookbinding
  • 3D printing


The Summer School is for you if you’re looking to improve your portfolio and creative practice and if you’re considering studying Art, Media or Design at higher education level.

With students coming from over 140 countries, UWE Bristol prides itself on creating an inclusive environment and extends a warm welcome to all international students.

There are no formal qualification requirements, however:

  • you’ll need an interest in art, media and design as well as the enthusiasm to explore, take risks and learn
  • you need to be at least 16 years old at the start of the course
  • you must arrange your student visa before you pay for the course
  • lessons are taught in English so you’ll need an intermediate level of English. If you need any advice on your level of English, please email:

Accommodation and your stay

As a Summer School student, you’ll stay in high-quality accommodation in our Student Village on Frenchay Campus. You’ll have your own en-suite bedroom in a flat for six, with a shared kitchen and lounge area. The Student Village is within easy walking distance of the library, computer rooms, the Centre for Sport and all the social spaces.

Your accommodation is included in the Summer School fees and this covers:

  • bed linen, towels and a kitchen pack
  • internet access in all rooms
  • weekly cleaning and linen change service
  • extensive 24-hour CCTV monitoring
  • on-site staff.

You will have access to all of UWE Bristol's student facilities during the Summer School. For some facilities like the gym you may need to complete an induction. You may also need to be accompanied for specialist facilities.

If you are staying in self-catering accommodation there will be a hob, grill and fridge/freezer. On Frenchay Campus there are also several catering options including cafes and The Students' Union at UWE.

Additional information about your stay in the UK

  • The UK uses the Pound Sterling (£).
  • July and August are the summer months, however, this does not always mean that it is warm or dry. We recommend bringing a range of clothing, including an umbrella. For up-to-date weather reports visit The Weather Channel.
  • You will need a three-pin point plug adaptor for a standard UK plug socket. The UK uses different plugs to the rest of Europe.

Fees and costs

The fees are £2,500 and this includes:

  • 40 hours of tuition including teaching materials
  • accommodation
  • all meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • social activities and trips
  • airport transfers at designated times
  • transport between campuses
  • wifi access inside the University
  • UWE Bristol certificate of attendance.

Please note that the following are not included in the course fees:

  • Travel to and from the UK
  • UK entry visas (if required)
  • Travel insurance

In terms of spending money, we recommend that you bring £80–£100 per week for meals and drinks. If you are planning additional excursions while in the UK you will need extra money.

If you cancel, unfortunately we will be unable to refund your £300 deposit.

If you have paid the full amount and wish to cancel, please see below for details on cancellation fees:

Date of cancellation Charge
More than six weeks before the start of the course £300 deposit only
Between six and two weeks before the start of the course 50% of the course, plus £300 deposit
Less than two weeks before the start of the course 100% of the course, plus £300 deposit

Airport transfers

We're offering free airport transfers from London Heathrow on Sunday 14 July at 11:00, 15:00 and 19:00, so we recommend that you book your flights so that you can take advantage of this.

If you can't make these times or you're arriving at another airport, you can book your airport transfer independently (see tables below).

For an extra charge, we can arrange airport transfers from London or Bristol airports for individuals or small groups of students.

However, if you chose to make your own way to UWE Bristol then Bristol has lots of transport links, including motorways, train stations and an airport. Find out more information about how to find us.

Taxi service

Number of passengers Heathrow Bristol
Six seater taxi (up to three people plus luggage) £250 £60
Eight seater taxi (up to six people plus luggage) £300 £65
16 seater taxi (up to eight people plus luggage) £340 £155

Coach service

Coach service Cost
All London Heathrow airport terminals to Bristol coach station £12 single fare
Bristol International Airport £7 single fare

Please email if you would like any help booking this.

How to apply

Please note that due to COVID-19, our Summer School will not be running in summer 2020.

To apply for the Summer School, please complete this short application form.

Make sure you have read our terms and conditions before completing your application.

When we receive your application form we will ask you to pay a deposit of £300 to confirm your place. This will be deducted from the total fee. We will then confirm your place, and send you more information nearer to the start of the Summer School. The balance must be paid four weeks before the start of the course.

We accept applications up to six weeks before the start date of the Summer School.

UWE Bristol does not arrange your visa or contribute to the cost of a visa. You must arrange your student visa before you pay for the course.

If you wish to cancel your place on the Summer School you must email The cancellation fee will depend on when we receive your email.

Applying as a group

To attend a Summer School as part of a group booking (minimum ten students), you must be over the age of 16 at the time of the Summer School. Groups of under 18s must also bring a group leader (one for every five students under 18). Group leaders get a free place. Groups of over 18s are not expected to bring a group leader, but can do so if they wish.

Applying as an individual

You must be at least 16 when the course begins.