University of Worcester

David Broster

Head of School

+44(0)1905 855 141

Henwick Grove


School of Arts – University of Worcester

Modern, creative, imaginative and original art courses require a combination of traditional skills and abilities and new, up-to-date technical knowledge. The School of Arts at the University of Worcester encompasses subject areas including Art, Design, Theatre, Film and Television, all of which demonstrate this combined approach.

As a University we have a long-held passion for inclusive, high quality education, which is why we were named as number one in the UK for Quality Education in the inaugural Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings last year and were shortlisted for University of the Year in the 2019 Times Higher Education Awards. Worcester was also named Sustainability Institution of the Year in the 2019 Green Gown Awards.

We know that the best results and the most satisfying achievements come from working together in a friendly and generous atmosphere. We are ambitious in what we want our students to achieve and we pay particular attention to our students’ career prospects and how their skills fit into the needs of their chosen working life.

By sharing our academic work and by collaborating with partners, we aim to make a distinctive contribution to public life in the region and to international knowledge. Dynamic interaction with associated professional worlds underpins the day-to-day environment in which learning, teaching and research take place.

Our arts expertise includes:

  • Animation
  • Broadcast and print journalism
  • Creative media
  • Dance Theatre
  • Drama and performance
  • Fine art
  • Game art
  • Graphic design, advertising and marketing
  • Illustration
  • Music Theatre
  • Playwriting
  • Screen writing
  • Television and Film production

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The School has a range of onsite specialist facilities, including the Art House, Digital Arts Centre, the Garage Studios, Game Art Studio and Drama and Dance Studios.

The Art House, a newly renovated facility, has created an innovative and experimental home for the Arts in Worcester in one of the city’s best loved buildings. Its large open spaces can be continually transformed to meet the needs of our students, while studios and workshops run alongside intimate spaces for small group learning. This creates a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere that we believe is perfect for creative expression.  Its glass fronted exterior is both a source of fantastic natural light and an area for continual public exhibition.

The Drama and Dance Studio are large, multi-purpose purpose built spaces with a fully flexible rig and retractable seating for more than 100 people. The Digital Arts Centre has a sound recording studio big enough to house a band for a music video, or a group of actors for a radio drama.  It also houses facilities for digital, graphic and web design, multimedia, video editing and studio broadcast. The video studio has been designed to professional broadcast specifications.

Teaching is enriched by a lively research culture and the research activity and interests of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. Institute academics regularly achieve national and international peer recognition for their contributions to knowledge, and we are committed to sharing the outcomes of their work to the benefit of communities within our region. Much of our research activity involves partnerships with colleagues based in other European universities and with professional organisations and companies.

This international outlook also saw the School establish the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society.  In 2017, this led the University’s Illustration academics to ask illustrators around the world to draw and send an original postcard on the theme of Migration, in response to the world migration crisis. More than 300 postcards were submitted and formed an installation at the Biennale of Illustration at Bratislava, Slovakia, before going on to be exhibited at locations around the world, from South Korea to South Africa, and as the opening exhibition of the University’s Art House.  This inspired a book published last year, Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders, featuring illustrations from artists around the world.  It also led to the University’s shortlisting for International Collaboration of the Year in the 2019 Times Higher Education Awards.

The climax of our students’ time with us is the final Degree Show, at the end of their course.  This showcases their best work, on open display to the public, to potential employers, to the industry as a whole and finally, but just as important, to their own family and friends.

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