Markeaton Street

A place of innovation and creativity, Markeaton Street is home to our engineering, computing and mathematics courses as well as art, design, media and performing arts.  

Our Markeaton Street site is in a quiet residential area, just 15 minutes’ walk from Kedleston Road. The Markeaton Street site also includes our new specialist Chandos Pole and STEM Centre buildings. You’ll also find these facilities here:

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 School 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.

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 opened in September 2016. Covering 1100m sq of space including open plan light and airy studio spaces, industrial textiles (weave and knit), tutorial and Breakout areas, CAD facilities and technical and academic staff offices. 

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.


A dedicated dance house. Launched in 2014, our BA (Hons) Dance course is based at Déda - a creative centre for Dance, Contemporary Circus and Outdoor Work – 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.