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“The creative industries are a vital and growing part of the UK economy and play a key role in shaping the UK’s image and reputation abroad. We are one of the top destinations for media and entertainment investment in the world, and that's because of the global reach of our culture, creativity and expertise. We ​are work​ing​ with our creative industries to seize the exciting opportunities that will flow from Britain's new place in the world." The Rt. Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport


Derby Quad at night time
Deda and the Cube Cafe in Derby
Derby Theatre audience shot and view of the stage

Derby: A city of culture 

Derby is home to a range of festivals, workshops, and exhibitions including Y NOTFORMAT and Derby Film Festival and University of Derby students form the key volunteer body for many of these events. A full listing can be found on artsderbyshire

QUAD is a creative hub that connects people and businesses to art and film and create opportunities for entertainment, education and participation. It has a Cinema, Gallery, Café Bar, Digital resource and Workshop that anyone can use and has strong links with the University of Derby.

The University owns Derby Theatre giving our students direct access to professional staff and resources. The Theatre produces, exciting performances, hosts expert masterclasses and leads education and learning programmes and supports our BA degrees in , , and  

Déda is the only dedicated dance house in the East Midlands region, acting as a local, regional and national resource for dance artists and the wider arts community. It houses a 124 capacity studio theatre, three dance studios, meeting room facilities and the CUBE café bar. It offers a weekly class programme and a year-round professional performance programme for children, young people and adults, and an extensive community development programme.  The theatre presents large scale dance productions – both by Déda’s own Youth Performance Companies and by National visiting companies. It hosts  in partnership with the University of Derby.

Study Abroad

Students have opportunities to study or work abroad as part of their programme with . Studying or working abroad is a fantastic opportunity to see more of the world, become a global citizen, and gain a new perspective on your subject, whilst gaining invaluable transferable skills and experience. You will meet new people from the host country and other countries, and future employers will be impressed when they review your CV.

The Degree Show

The The Degree Show is a series of live events and exhibitions across the city of Derby. It offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the very best of emerging contemporary art and design practice from our final year students. Their work explores the issues and subjects of today's world also looks ahead predicting and setting the trends of tomorrow.