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Markeaton Street is the formal home of the College of Arts but our courses are delivered from four specialist sites, depending on your subject of study.

Markeaton Street

Markeaton Street is just a short walk away from the city centre and the University’s main site, Kedleston Road.

The £21m Markeaton Street site was created specifically for arts, design and technology courses with purpose-built studios and specialist facilities for all our art, design, media and performing arts students. This includes: a new suite of recording studios and postproduction rooms; traditional and digital darkrooms; a TV studio, news room and radio studio; a print bureau for large format photographs and prints; and an equipment centre, from which you can loan cameras, lighting and sound equipment.

There are almost 1,300 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying on over 30 courses in the College of Arts and this mixing of diverse minds encourages ideas exchange and original thinking.

The building is focused around the ‘Street’, a wide walkway, which also becomes a meeting point and space for events and visiting exhibitions, like the UK Young Artists exhibition, FORMAT international photography festival, the Association of Illustrators exhibition and the recent exhibition of ceramic pottery by the late Derbyshire born studio potter Dr Emmanuel Cooper OBE. There is a café and a SU shop and a regular hopper bus running between sites and the city centre. See the site map here.

Print Bureau
Students staff and external professional artists are able to benefit from our in-house print Bureau. Based in Markeaton street the Bureau is open Monday - Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4.30pm (closed from 1pm -2pm for lunch) and provides a range of services from high quality colour printing; mounting; banners; framing; CD/DVD printing and wire binding.

Chandos Pole Street
New specialist facilities for Fashion and Textiles opening in September 2016.

Covering 1100m sq of space, it will include:

  • Open plan light and airy studio spaces
  • Industrial textiles (weave and knit)
  • Tutorial and Breakout areas
  • CAD facilities
  • Technical and Academic staff offices

Phase 1 (£3M) of the redevelopment of Chandos Pole St - Denby Building, will link through to our sites at Markeaton St and Britannia Mill.

Britannia Mill
Just a few minutes’ walk from Markeaton Street is the refurbished former textiles mill, Britannia Mill, now home to our textiles studios and classrooms. It also houses one of the best art and design libraries in the UK, as well as drawing studios and major facilities for industrial textiles production, printmaking, ceramics and fine art installation.

Déda – A dedicated dance house
Launched in 2014, our BA (Hons) Dance is based at Déda – the only dedicated dance house in the East Midlands – and is run in partnership with their staff.

Déda offers dance students an amazing learning experience: they will work in Déda’s professionally equipped studios and will be taught by dance artists and producers working in the industry. Déda has recently expanding its facilities and gained a brand new state of the art studio and production space. This means Déda can now host large scale dance productions by in-house groups and national visiting companies.

Derby Theatre
A number of our performing arts and theatre students have a truly unique learning experience. We are one of the only universities in the country to own and run a professional producing and receiving theatre, Derby Theatre. Student experience what it’s like to perform and work in a real theatre, and learn by working alongside professionals on top quality theatre performances. There are opportunities for graduates to develop their own theatre companies mentored by the Derby Theatre team.

Derby Theatre has been acknowledged as a pioneer by the Arts Council, who gave us funding for a pilot programme to establish a new ‘learning theatre’ model. Derby Theatre’s vision is to stage artistically and critically acclaimed live theatre, educate the next generation of theatre makers in a professional environment, as well as providing multiple leisure and learning opportunities for Derby’s diverse community.

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