School of Arts

Study in our dynamic, energetic and creative community, where you’ll work with students from across our arts courses to broaden your artistic horizons while developing your own personal style. 

The School of Arts is a place where talent thrives and ambitions are realised. Our impressive facilities range from our producing and learning theatre, photography lab and purpose-built studios.

You’ll join a creative community that is supportive in helping students shape their individual identities and styles. Our courses focus on graduate employability, helping you to establish yourself as an artist; this may be through work placements, real world projects and the chance to showcase your work at events including the end of year Degree Show.

Our courses are led by practising artists, designers, performers, makers and creators with key industry contacts. Their fresh and dynamic approach to teaching encourages students to learn through risk-taking and experimentation; and through this pedagogic approach the next set of creatives are shaped and developed.

Explore our courses pages to find out about student success stories and realise your own creative ambition.

Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the courses with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

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Our creative community supports in helping our students shape their individual identities and styles, helping our students to establish themselves as artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians and in many other creative fields.

David McGravie
Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor & Dean of College of Arts, Humanities & Education
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Take a look at some of our impressive facilities...

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See highlights from recent exhibitions from the School of Arts...

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Banks Mill Studios

We also provide support for graduates starting out in the creative industries in the form of Banks Mill, an innovative space for creative and digital industries located in a landmark building within the heart of Derby city centre.

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Our Staff

Meet the staff in our School of Arts...

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Our Arts research

The Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre (DMARC) is the home to artistic research from the disciplines of Performing Arts, Music, Media, Art and Design within the School of Arts.

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