The School provides a diverse range of contemporary and challenging programmes in design and the visual arts with strong professional, commercial and community links. These programmes are designed to equip students with the personal and professional skills needed throughout their career. The undergraduate and postgraduate programmes have a reputation for their relevance to the real world. All courses pride themselves on their links to industry and practice and employers appreciate the real world focus. Key themes for the School are: • commitment to quality, • currency and relevance, • raising aspiration, • professionalism and employability, • collaboration.
The School has extensive overseas links typified by a major collaborative programme - MSc International Design Management for Design is a joint programme with Ecole Internationale de Design in Toulon, validated by the University of Salford and delivered (in English) in Toulon with a mixture of UK and other staff and students. Students from other home-based P/G programmes share some modules which can include study periods in France. ERASMUS staff teaching visits have taken place to: ESAG Paris, Clermont-Ferrand, Toulon, Macerata, Aveiro. Current student exchanges are with:- Strate College, Paris; ESAG, Paris; Ecole Supérieure d'Art Clermont-Ferrand; IED Toulon; Accademia di Belle Arti, Macerata; University of Aveiro; University of Zaragoza; University of Linköpings; Ohio State University, Columbus USA. Extensive links in China are being developed by the School as one of the lead institutions in AsiaLink which has led to major international Design Management conferences such as D2B in Beijing 2006.
The School is recognized as one of the major providers of Art & Design education in the northwest of England and has extensive links with partner institutions in the HE and FE sectors. Strong industry links are fostered at all levels and give our programmes a real world focus and relevance, evidenced by numerous live projects and joint ventures with industry such as Knowledge Transfer Partnership projectwork.
Undergraduate BA and postgraduate MA design and fine art programmes.
faculties and departments
School of Art & Design Faculty of Arts, Media and Social Sciences
bachelor level programs
BA (Hons) Advertising Design BA (Hons) Art & Design with Foundation Year BA (Hons) Art & Design with International Foundation Year BA (Hons) Design for Digital Media BA (Hons) Design Futures BA (Hons) Design Management for the Creative Industries BA (Hons) Fashion BA (Hons) Graphic Design BA (Hons) Interior Design BA (Hons) Photography BA (Hons) Product Design BA (Hons) Visual Arts All 3 year full-time study
master level programs
MA/PgDip Arts and Museum Management MA/PgDip Communication Design MA/PgDip Contemporary Fine Art MSc/PgDip Creative Games MA/PgDip Creative Technology MSc/PgDip Design Management MA/PgDip Heritage Studies MSc/PgDip International Business & Management for Design MA/PgDip Museum & Heritage Exhibition Design MA/PgDip Product Design All 1 year (3 semester) fulltime study
research activity and main areas
Research in the School of Art & Design is coordinated by Professor Paul Sermon, Associate Head for Research. There are over 30 fully research-active academic staff and a number of embryonic and early career researchers engaged in a range of innovative creative practice in art and design and in advancing the boundaries of theoretical investigation. Research is firmly embedded in teaching at all levels and our research centres inform, influence and reflect the nature of the wide ranging curriculum in the School. Research in The School of Art and Design is committed to promoting art and design research activity, internally and externally, nationally and internationally and aims to maximise the evolving synergies between research, teaching and learning, and academic enterprise. In the UK 's official national assessment of research - the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise - staff from the School of Art & Design secured an impressive national power ranking of 38 out of 68. Research is disseminated via refereed journal papers, books, reports, international conferences, exhibitions, professional practice and directly back into teaching via the curricula of the School of Art & Design and school-based research events. Activities continue to constantly evolve as we respond to a wide range of opportunities, thus ensuring the structure and research we undertake remains dynamic and impacts upon a real world context. Our three distinct, yet complementary Research Centres provide a supportive infrastructure and a framework for both projecting and sustaining the research culture. Art and Design research is structured and organised via three research centres: Creative Technology & Communications Research Centre Heritage & Design Innovation Research Centre Contemporary Fine Art & Critical Theory Research Centre
subject areas for exchange students
Exchange opportunities are available on all our degree programmes.
Normally one semester before proposed period of exchange study.
October - January February - June
cost of living per month (studying and living)
Tuition Fees (04-05) - £1175 (based on parental income). Reciprocal waiving of fees is possible in the case of student exchange) Living costs approx £5000 pa