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Check out our school in the news below. To find out more about the university’s news, see our news section. Below you can also see what events we are hosting including our subject days where prospective students can experience a course taster session (starting again in the Autumn keep checking the website) . See our full list of subject days.

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Level up

Gaming expo hits Wrexham: Level Up Wales is a science, gaming and technology expo based at Wrexham Glyndwr University aimed at helping promote and grow the local, regional games and technology industries through exhibition space, workshops and business networking. Level Up Wales 2018 will be the largest ever meeting of games developers and tech companies from across North Wales showcasing games applications, products and related technology ranging from student work to full professional products. Come and visit - free and open to all.

Find out more about our Game Art course

New album for lecturer: Steff Owens a lecturer on our Creative Media Technology courses has been a professional musician and recording artist for all of his working life with performances at Glastonbury Festival, NXNE, The Millennium Stadium & Murrayfield. He plays the drums and sings in his band Seazoo. Listen and download their latest album Trunks


Find out more about our courses in Creative Media Technology
Handmade Kew

Applied Arts students exhibiting at Kew: Two of our Applied Arts students, Lesa Grimes- Thomas and Louise Taylor have had their work selected to be exhibited at this year’s Handmade at Kew exhibition which will take place from Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 October 2018. Handmade in Britain is regarded by exhibitors and visitors alike as a leading organiser of selling events in the UK contemporary craft calendar. With annual visitor figures exceeding 15,000 (and rising), Handmade in Britain events are, year-on-year, a highlight for UK designer-makers, collectors, industry professionals and design enthusiasts.

Find out more about our Applied Arts course
Glyndwr TV

Live bands perform at Focus Wales: 10th-12th May saw the return of Focus Wales to Wrexham. This year's live acts included bands such as City Gates, DTSQ, Moja and 3Peat as well as soloists such as Ada Lea, Arlo Maverick and Declan O'Donovan. Filmed and recorded by our own Creative Media students and staff you can listen to the performances on our own Glyndwr TV YouTube channel.

Find out more about our Creative Media courses

Festival work experience for student: One of our Creative Media Technology students, Toni known as Teekaybee gained some valuable and real world work experience with Graeme Park at the Highest Point  3 day music festival which took place on the 18th-20th May 2018 in Williamson Park, Lancaster. 

Find out more about our courses in Creative Media Technology
Charley Wiles

Graphic Design student's work published in national newspapers: Charley Wiles, who is studying Graphic Design and Multimedia has combined her love of musical theatre with her passion for graphic design and photography. Fuelling her long held passion for theatre, she secured a placement at Theatr Clwyd in Mold where her work so impressed staff that they asked her back to take pictures for a forthcoming production - a musical entitled The Assassination of Katie Hopkins. 

Read more here.
History FB Live

History lecturers host Facebook live session: Two of our lecturers on our BA History course, Kathryn Ellis and Peter Bolton hosted a Facebook live session for prospective students to make contact and ask questions about studying with us. Watch the video

Find out more about our History course.
Graeme Park

Dance legends at Focus Wales festival: Wrexham Glyndŵr University lecturer – and Haçienda legend – Graeme Park along with artist, DJ and producer Gerald Simpson – better known as A Guy Called Gerald - appeared at an event in Tŷ Pawb in Wrexham town centre as part of the Focus Wales festival. The session, on Friday, May 11 focused on Gerald’s contribution to dance music culture and recalled the night where one of his best-known tracks, Voodoo Ray was first aired to the Haçienda crowd.

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Complete Uni logo

Art and Design ranked top 3: In the most recent Complete University Guide we ranked 3rd in Wales for student satisfaction and top 20 among all UK universities for Art and Design.

Find out more about our Art and Design courses
Polar ice caps

Journalism student achieves national coverage: Callum Rice-Coates, a student on our Journalism course has had his first piece published in a national. Callum's piece in i News covered one of the most improbable games of football in the world in the desolate, frozen landscape of Greenland. The men from a Norwegian patrol vessel were playing football to pass the time during a lull in their mission to calculate the total population of seals in the area.

Read more about our Journalism course

Eurovision job for graduate: A dream job covering the Eurovision song contest has become a reality for broadcasting graduate Jamie Davies, from Malpas. A keen Eurovision fan, Jamie will be reporting from the semi-finals in Lisbon next month. In the meantime, he has been recording a series of hour-long radio shows on the contest which are broadcast on Calon FM, based in the University’s Creative Industries Building.

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Jeweller Wins Dragon's Support: Sarah Hoare, a graduate of our Applied Arts course and teacher on our jewellery Short Course has been recognised by Dragon Theo Paphitis. Sarah who has set up her own jewellery company Bird and Monkey based on jewellery from children's drawings tweeted Theo's Small Business Sunday and was picked as one of 6 winners. Sarah was invited to a conference to meet Theo and other business leaders and was recently interviewed on North Wales Live.

Join our Jewellery evening classes
Dan Berry

Illustration lecturer book signing: To mark the release onto the world of their first graphic novel collaboration, Eisner-nominated cartoonist Dan Berry (lecturer in Illustration in the School of Creative Arts) and Manchester-based micro-fiction writer and novelist David Gaffney will be chatting about The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head and signing copies of the book (ut now with US publishers Topshelf) at Travelling Man, Manchester on 28 April 2018. 

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MA graduate published in Dovetail Journal: Jake Astbury, one of our MA graduates has had his work published in the peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal Dovetail which links academics, creative practice-based researchers and postgraduates from different universities across the UK, Europe, Australia and the US. The journal invites international collaboration and an outward looking sensibility towards future cross-disciplinary research in both creative and critical practice. Jake's piece is also going to be included in a group exhibition at CARN/Balaclafa Caernarfon in a show called ‘Alternative Landscapes’. 

Find out more about our MA postgraduate course
Little Scholars Nursery

Theatre students perform for Nursery audience: A group of first year theatre students performed to two and three year olds from the Little Scholars Nursery as part of the Drama in the Community module which asked them to devise a piece of theatre for a young audience. The performance, held in the Techniquest Glyndŵr theatre was on the theme of Spring and was centred on Farmer Geraint and the animals and plants on his farm.

Find out more about our Theatre, Television and Performance degree
Harry Wright

Graduate lands dream media job: Broadcasting, Journalism and Media Communications student Harry Wright has landed his dream media job as a journalist with The Leader at Wrexham. Harry, 22, originally from Malpas, is putting all his media skills to use covering stories from armed raids to golden wedding anniversaries. Opportunities during his degree years included working with the Wrexham AFC communications team, handling the media for the university’s motor racing team and working with local football club, TNS.

Read more about our Broadcasting, Journalism and Media Communications course
360° Applied Arts

360° Applied Arts: Second year Applied Arts students specialising in metalsmithing, glass and ceramics in combination with other materials such as plastics and wood have put together a dynamic show based on a brief called 360°. Part of being an applied artist is the attention to detail and the perfection of making. In this sense, there is no ‘back’ to a piece of jewellery or glass and no ‘base’ to a ceramic form; every part should be well finished as the viewer will be able to see the object from every angle - 360°. The exhibition is situated next to The Applied Arts Shop in Ty Pawb from 18th April for a month.

Find out more about our Applied Arts course
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Arts in Health: Sue Liggett, Head of Research Centre for Creative Arts attended a meeting of the Wales Arts for Health Network in April. The Wales Arts for Health Network is coordinated by Engage Cymru (the UK’s leading organisation for the gallery education sector) with support from Arts Council Wales Sharing Together funding. Over the years, the network has delivered a wide range of arts and health projects for socially isolated older people and those experiencing mental health issues.

Read more about Engage Cymru
Painting workshop

Between Hands 2: Painting Workshop - Fine Art lecturer John McClenaghen and visiting guest Christopher McHugh delivered a workshop to our Fine Art students from 10am-4:30pm in Regent Street on 16th April.

Find out more about our Fine Art course
Stand and Deliver exhibition

'Stand and Deliver' exhibition - Ruthin Craft Centre - Unit 2 until Wednesday 18th April.
Exhibition of work produced by first year Applied Arts students specialising in ceramics and jewellery/metalwork. During the project students explored initial design ideas and utilised new making techniques and construction methods to examine unusual ways of serving food. From ambiguous implements to alternative containers, the work has been inspired by a range of themes including: geometry, surface pattern and the natural world.    

Find out more about our BA Applied Arts course
Commonwealth mascot

Animation graduate designs mascot for Commonwealth Games: The eye-catching mascot for Australia’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games was brought to life by one of our former students, Ian Anderson. Ian who studied design communications and animation now works as an Animation director. He led a team of artists to design Borobi, a blue koala, and bring the character to life. 

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Ty Pawb

Tŷ Pawb opens - 2nd April - Tŷ Pawb is a new cultural community resource in Wrexham, bringing together arts and markets within the same footprint. This coexistence will celebrate the significance of markets within Wrexham’s cultural heritage and identity.The development will be a new space for dialogue around subjects including social and civic issues, the environment, health, cultural identity, sustainability and education and will present a contemporary programme of welcoming and inclusive exhibitions, socially engaged projects and live performances. The programme will emphasise skills and craft, working with emerging and established artists from all backgrounds.

Read more about Tŷ Pawb
Journalism staff

Journalism staff columnists in new magazine: Broadcast, Journalism and Media Communications senior lecturer Janet Jones and lecturer Jonathan Simcock are columnists in Midland News Association’s new magazine Shropshire Weekly. Both journalists have worked for the publishing group in the past, so jumped at the chance to write a column when asked.

Find out more about our Journalism courses
Calon FM

Calon FM celebrates 10 years on the air: Calon FM, Wrexham’s own Award Winning community radio station celebrated 10 years on the air in March. Since March 2008 the station has built up its schedule to offer a wide range of shows for all tastes and provides an invaluable platform for people in Wrexham to have their voices heard.

Take a look at what Calon FM has to offer
Austerity, Adversity, Art? - NAFAE Conference

Austerity, Adversity, Art? 4 staff from the School of Creative Arts spoke at the NAFAE  (National Association for Fine Art Education) Conference in Wolverhampton on the 23rd March.

  • Adam Cooke & Paul Jones - Precarious practices, precarious futures
  • Alec Shepley & Paul Jones - Overlapping species of spaces: exploiting ecotones in an urban setting and various attempts at increasing artistic biodiversity
  • John McClenaghen - Between Hands – Painting as a Negotiated Space
Read more about our staff
Building an Artist Career Today

Building an Artist Career Today: On Friday 23rd March, the Gladstone Library, Flintshire welcomed Susan Mumford to North Wales to deliver a participatory workshop for creators at all stages of their careers. Susan is a game-changer in the 21st Century art world. She’s an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, moderator and author. 

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Graphic Design social event

Graphic Design social event: Students on our Graphic Design course organised a social event on 22nd March @bankstcoffee from 4pm - 6pm.

Find out more about our BA Graphic Design course
Alien project

Students involved in Annual Open Meeting: Students from our Theatre, TV and Performance and our Graphic Design courses took part in the Annual Open Meeting on 16th March to show the public what they get involved in as part of their studies. The theatre students dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatter's Tea Party to welcome the public and students from Graphic Design talked about their recent trip to Athens as part of the European Alien project.

Find out more about our courses
Ruthin gaol

History students visit Ruthin gaol: On the 9th March a group of our history students and staff paid a visit to Ruthin gaol to learn about life in the Victorian prison system. Ruthin gaol is the only purpose-built Pentonville style prison open to the public as a heritage attraction and has won the Visit Wales Hidden Gem award for the last 3 years, 2016, 2017 and 2018. 

Find out more about our History course
Damien Hirst Donation

Damien Hirst Donation: In March the School of Creative Arts received a fantastic donation of Damien Hirst books from Other Criteria publishing, worth over £500. These have been catalogued for the library and are available for students to use. 

Damien Hirst is a British contemporary artist whose varied practice explores the complex relationships between art, religion, science, life and death.

Read more about Damien Hirst
Shani Rhys James

Guest speaker holds exhibition: Shani Rhys James - guest speaker at our Creative Futures event in February is holding an exhibition of new paintings that explore the transience of being. The title of the exhibition This Inconstant State refers to Shakespeare's beautiful Sonnet 15 in which the poet condemns the 'conceit of this inconstant stay' to transform 'youth to sullied night'. Rhys James captures the effervescent beginnings of life in paintings of budding flowers and her young grandson in domestic interiors while powerful images of the aging female figure reflect on the passage of time. 

Find out more about Creative Futures
Ruscoe Ceramics

Former student showcases work: Past student Annmarie Ruscoe who studied applied art here and graduated in 2015 now owns her own company Ruscoe Ceramics creating porcelain designs inspired by Mental Health awareness. Annmarie's work formed part of the ARTIcles of Faith exhibition in Oriel Sycharth and was one of the project artists for the opening of the Ty Pawb gallery in Wrexham on 2nd April.

Join our Ceramics evening classes
Articles of Faith exhibition

Articles of Faith exhibition: Articles of Faith is a collaboration between artists and the university’s chaplaincy and careers teams.

The exhibition was launched on Tuesday 27 February by Lynda Powell.

The artists are Annmarie Ruscoe, Seiza Friedrich, Carrie Wainwright, Andrea Hilditch and Lord Black Art.

Themes of humanity, spirituality, diversity and faith are explored in the art exhibition. 

Oriel Sycharth Gallery
Image of Mai Thomas' Ark

PhD student produces Ark: PhD student Mai Thomas produced an Ark as part of her final submission for her Doctorate. The Ark was displayed near the Univeristy and attracted the attention of locals passing by:

Mai successfully defended her PhD viva and we wish her well with her future career plans.

Research in the School of Creative Arts
Star Wars Artist

Star Wars Artist Gives Students the Low Down on High-flying Career: University students were treated to the low-down from a high-flying artist as part of a four-day careers event.

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Alien Project Athens

Students join European project in Athens: Staff and students from the School of Creative Arts have been involved in a number of European Erasmus activities over the past few months. In February, 9 students and 3 staff including Adam Cooke (Graphic Design) and Paul Jones (Fine Art) visited Athens as part of the Alien Project - a collaborative project involving staff and students from Greece, Poland, Scotland and Wales aimed at contributing to greater equity and social cohesion within Europe. The students attended a series of Living Lab workhops based in Technopolis Athens with diverse stakeholders to understand the complexities of migration. The Athens visit was followed up by a visit to Poland in March, Glasgow in April and students from the other universities will visit Wrexham Glyndwr University at the end of May to investigate local strategies.

Read more about our Graphic Design course
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Student work placement at Theatr Clwyd: Charley Wiles, a third year student on BA Graphic Design and MultiMedia degree completed a work placement via GO Wales at Theatr Clwyd. Her overall objective was to learn more about theatre marketing and how it is used in the entertainment industry.  Charley loved her placement, where she learned about everything which happens behind the scenes in a theatre environment and this experience has helped her confidence in her chosen area of employment.

Find out more about our Graphic Design course
Creative Futures

Creative Futures Week 2018: Creative Futures aims to inspire students to think about their personal goals, how they can succeed in their sector, what skills, knowledge and experience they need to develop and to encourage them to take action to fulfil their career aspirations. This year's activities featured presentations, workshops, and information sessions delivered by a number of distinguished artists, academics, and creatives from all over the world, including Glyn Dillon, (storyboard artist on the Star Wars films); Simon Gavin, Global Head of Music at SYCO Entertainment and A&R for Sony UK; and Shani Rhys James MBE, a former winner of the Jerwood Painting Prize.

Find out more about Creative Futures
John McClenaghen - Hillside

Lunchtime lecture: John McClenaghen, Lecturer in Fine Arts, gave a lunchtime lecture on 14th February as part of the Chaplaincy's lecture suite. The lecture explored the creative process of the painter, and the range of influences that can influence the finished work.

Read John's staff profile
Fine Art students create artwork for hospital

Fine Art students create artwork for hospital: Our third year Fine Art students were involved in creating colourful artwork to adorn the walls at Glan Clwyd Hospital’s Ablett Unit which cares for patients who suffer from a range of mental health problems.The refurbishment of the room into a brighter and more welcoming dedicated family room means that patients will be able to spend more quality time with their children.

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Design Trust logo

Design Trust workshop: In February Patricia from the Design Trust visited our students to deliver a workshop offering practical advice to creative students who are considering setting up their own business. The Design Trust  is an online business school for designers and makers which offers training and support to entrepreneurial creatives. Comments from students included: It’s inspired me to just get on with it! I feel more confident.' 'I found this talk very motivational and inspiring, informing me about how important it is to make connections, I really enjoyed the interactive activites.'

The Design Trust
Wrexham Symphony Orchestra

New image for Wrexham Symphony Orchestra: Students from the School of Creative Arts designed a new image for the Orchestra’s 50th anniversary concert season in 2018/19. Students worked on a challenging project for the Gala concert which took place in February embracing promotional materials, VIP invitations and a set of backdrop pieces for the Opera pieces in the concert programme.  

‘Night at the Opera’ Gala concert
Graphic Design poster

Graphic Design poster exhibition: Students on our BA Graphic Design course opened a poster exhibition in a local cafe Bank Street Coffee on Thursday 8th February. The exhibition was in response to a quote by Sociologist, Richard Sennet.

Find out more about our Graphic Design course
Global Game Jam

Global Game Jam (GGJ): GGJ is the world's largest game jam event (for game creation) taking place around the world simultaneously at physical locations that include the US, Japan, Australia, Sweden, Italy, Germany and Hawaii. This expo returned to Wrexham Glyndwr University in January and ran over three days, where experienced and wannabe developers descended on the Centre for the Creative Industries to attempt to design and build video games within a strict 48 hour period. 

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Hay Festival Scribblers

Award-winning poets and writers visit the University: The Hay Festival Scribblers visited the University on 18th and 25th January to meet and inspire children from local secondary schools. The tour featured Welsh author Daniel Morden, poet and playwright Eric N’Galle Charles, spoken-word artist Steven Camden (aka Polarbear) and Gemma Cairney, a broadcaster and teen ambassador who wrote a book about the difficulties of growing up. The global literature festival's tour aims to engage and encourage future generations in storytelling and conversation and is funded by the Welsh Government. 

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Art of Research skills training session

Art of Research skills training session: At the end of January, the School of Creative Arts led an Art of Research skills training session for research students from different disciplines across Wrexham Glyndwr University. Led by Dr Susan Liggett and Sue Thornton and with the help of final year illustration students Meg Stokes and Ben Edwards and professional graphic facilitator Lisa Evans, the students had to articulate their research journey in layman's terms to enable large colourful visual maps to be created.

Read more about Research in the School
Blood Brothers

Students' production of Blood Brothers: Students on the (BA Hons) Theatre, Television and Performance degree programme from the School of Creative Arts, presented an adaptation of Blood Brothers in the Catrin Finch Centre from Thursday 7th - Saturday 9th December. Lecturer Elen Mai Nefydd said: "The students performed in front of full audiences, and even received a standing ovation during the evening performances. They performed in matinees to schools and colleges including Coleg Cambria, Bishop Heber High School and Sir John Talbot School, Whitchurch, who also took part in an educational/drama workshop led by the students."

Find out more about our Theatre, TV and Performance course
Gareth Roberts

Olympic Cameraman Shares Tips to Get Career in Focus: A Wrexham graduate delighted at being the youngest cameraman at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics has offered tips on getting your career in focus.

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Theatre partnership with GP programme

10 year celebration for theatre partnership with Wrexham GP training programmeThe work with the Wrexham GPs specialty programme, based at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, is now established as a key part of the university’s degree in Theatre, Television and Performance.

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Alec Shepley

Inaugural Lecture by Head of the School - Professor Alec Shepley delivered his inaugural lecture on 15th November in which he explored some fundamental questions around art, its products and practices. He looked at the role of boundary-breaking, improvisation and how a peripatetic and arguably a post-organizational artistic cultural tendency, attempts to bring art and art practice outside traditional institutional settings and embed it within the contours of contemporary urban landscapes. The University's Inaugural Lectures aim to showcase and celebrate the academic excellence of the University’s professorial staff, and bring leading research and thinking to the wider community. Inaugural lecture

Read Alec's staff profile
Tara Squibb

Artist who discovered talent through chance visit to university graduates after battling chronic back painThe journey of Tara Squibb has seen her start creating things out of wire at home to ease pain to having her work stocked by an interior designer in London.

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Wayne Clark and Wendy Lawrence

Terrania - Montblanc International Pottery Festival: 2 staff from our Ceramics department took part in the 15th festival in Spain which was held from 29th September - 1st October. Wayne Clark and Wendy Lawrence joined over 30 other potters from across Belgium, France and Spain including Catalonia at the event.

Try your hand at ceramics
Fine Art books

Fine Art books: John McClenaghen, Programme Leader for Fine Art in the School of Creative Arts has a chapter in 'Teaching Painting' which addresses the historical, theoretical, pedagogical and continually shifting methods of how painting is taught within art schools and academies. It asks how and why approaches to teaching painting have changed and developed and offers a platform through which practices and experience can be shared. 

He also features in PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: 20 QUESTIONS – which includes interviews with UK undergraduate Fine Art staff exploring how students are prepared for life after art school.

Read John's staff profile

What's On

Please see below a list of upcoming events involving our staff and students. We hope you can attend these events to find out more about what we do in the School of Creative Arts.


31-1 May-Jun
Level Up Wales
31st May - 1st June

Level Up Wales is a science, gaming and technology expo to help promote and grow the local, regional games and technology industries through exhibition space, workshops and business networking. FREE to come and visit the largest ever meeting of games developers and tech companies from across North Wales. 

Find out more

4-15 Jun
Degree Show
4th - 15th June 2018

This annual show of students' work will feature graduate artists, designers, makers and performers presenting their professional works for public display for the first time.

View examples of last year's work

27 Jun
New Designers
27th-30th June & 4th-7th July 2018

The New Designers exhibition is a two-week celebration of visionary design that sees students of 200+ creative courses unveiling never-before-seen work to thousands of industry professionals and design lovers.

Location: New Designers takes place at the Business Design Centre 
52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH

5-29 Jul
Fine Art exhibition
5th-29th July 2018

John McClenaghen, programme leader for our Fine Art course will be showing his work at The Listening Hill exhibition at The Bingley Gallery.

Find out more about John's work and interests

13-15 Jul
Ceramic Wales
13th-15th July 2018

Ceramic Wales is an exciting exhibition open to the public featuring makers stands, demonstrations, lectures, trade stands and installations.

The event is suitable for all ages, offering free admission and parking and also the opportunity to talk and buy directly from the makers. In addition visitors can get involved in community projects and discover clay for themselves in our have a go workshop.

20 Aug
MA Degree Show
20th - 26th August 2018

This year our Postgraduate students will be exhibiting their end of year work in the newly opened Ty Pawb space in Wrexham. Come along and see the public display of work from students on our MA Art Practice and MA Design Practice courses.

Find our more about our Postgraduate courses

Creative Futures 2017

As part of Creative Futures 2017, Creative Media Technology lecturer Graeme Park interviewed soul singer Natasha Watts in our TV studio in the Centre for Creative Industries. Watch the interview below.

Creative Futures is a module within the School of Creative Arts, giving students an insight into various areas of the art, design and media industries and providing an understanding of career opportunities, the employment market and how you might function within it. 

University open dayOpen Eveningsca degree show