Art and Design Undergraduate Courses

Study art and design in our creative community, where you’ll work with students from across our arts courses, broadening your artistic horizons.

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. 

Courses are led by experienced practitioners, many are artists and designers with key industry contacts. Their fresh and dynamic approach to teaching will encourage you to learn through risk-taking and experimentation to develop your portfolio. You’ll learn skills that can be applied to a range of fields from design to writing, performance to education and curating to publishing. These links mean that you’ll have the opportunity to work with external clients on real briefs, so you’ll graduate with a comprehensive portfolio of work to help launch your career.

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

Art and Design - your questions answered

In the below video, Head of the School of Arts, David McGravie, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Art and Design at the University of Derby. You can also watch exclusive subject content by signing up to Derby on Demand.

David McGravie, Head of the School of Arts

View Arts and Design - your questions answered! video transcript

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The course allowed me to develop my abilities and try more daring designs, testing my creative and critical thinking skills. Lecturers supported good design and gave critical feedback to improve the final product.

Macauley Metcalfe
Product Design graduate

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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I was creatively challenged and pushed to work to the best of my ability. The tutors offered me an abundance of guidance and support and the course provided with me the skills and motivation to progress into the creative industry.

Heather Dagless
Illustration graduate

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Where you will learn

We have invested £200 million in the last ten years to ensure that we have some of the best facilities in the UK. Take a look at where you could be learning on our Art and Design courses.

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Career opportunities

You’ll stand out from the creative crowd with our career-focused degrees.

  • animation
  • advertising
  • web and digital design
  • computer games
  • illustrator
  • practising artist
  • creative director
  • graphic designers
  • film/television
  • publishing

Facilities 

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. 

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Derby on Demand

Derby on Demand brings you the very best of Open Days on your terms. You can access exclusive online content wherever you are, whenever you want, and see all Derby has to offer.

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Live Subject Chats

Join us on Saturday 6 February for a day of Live Subject Chats. Ask our teaching team questions about the courses we offer, speak to Admissions advisors about applying and chat to current students about their experience.

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