Here, at the University of Cumbria, in the North West of England, we focus on making the Impossible become Possible.
There has never been a better a time to be a creative, than now in the digital era. The creative industry is in the middle of a boom and talent is not only admired, it’s wanted.
Think about shopping online… A web designer created the website, a graphic designer created the trendy visuals, a photographer photographed the product and the holiday scenes that made you fall in love with that piece of clothing, a content writer wrote the description and the adverts, actors and models were filmed by a videographer for the advert, a fashion designer created the clothes, a fabric designer created the beautiful pattern on the fabric.
We are surrounded by the work of the creative industry without even realising. The way we consume media, information and products today has in most cases been primed, edited, written, enhanced or produced by a creative in some shape or form.
A Creative Hub in Carlisle
Our Institute of the Arts, here at the University of Cumbria, has been a hub for the creative community in the North West of England since the 1950s, with historical links going back to 1822. Situated just below the border with Scotland, just over an hour by train to Edinburgh or Glasgow, we offer undergraduate (Bachelor) and postgraduate (Master’s) courses in an array of artistic disciplines with a focus on getting you fully prepared and connected for a career in the arts.
Our dedicated art campus in Carlisle is fully equipped to suit industry demands, boasting the latest technology, software and hardware as well as workshops, a darkroom, bespoke studios, editing suites and permanent work-stations in professional settings. But don’t take our word for it, explore our facilities via our virtual tour here.
Our students benefit from numerous fieldtrips and events and we work with industry experts, influencers and employers to create a programme of activities that enhances our students’ learning and career opportunities.
Studying at our Institute of the Arts in Carlisle, you will also be surrounded by hundreds of other likeminded creatives, the perfect environment to make friends and share aspirations. And our previous students have gone on to become Turner Prize winners, Oscar winners, Pixar animators, Disney designers and Bollywood producers as well as professional artists and owners of businesses that support the art industry.
If you want to work in the creative industry, you are in the right place. The University of Cumbria: Where the Impossible becomes Possible.
The Institute of the Arts at the University of Cumbria offers BA Hons degrees in Film & Television and Games Design, taught by academic experts with a wealth of industry experience.
Our unique and popular Wildlife Media is the only one of its kind in the whole of the UK, offering wildlife filmmaking as well as photography. If you have a passion for both nature and imagery, you can become a professional wildlife photographer and filmmaker. You’ll learn to create polished, professional wildlife documentaries charting the relationship between humans and the natural world.
All of our courses are industry-focused and around 75% of your time will be spent on practical projects, including field trips and internships in active real-life productions. We take part in national and local events as well as organising our own events, such as our annual Games Design competition – Games Jam. This is aimed at giving our students the opportunity to make great industry connections and, in fact, a number of our students have been hired by directors and production companies as a result of their internship projects.
Media Arts students also benefit from enviable facilities and visits from TV practioners, filmmakers and designers.
Ignite your passion and build long-lasting industry connections. Study Media Arts at the University of Cumbria.
From Fine Art and Illustration to Photography and Graphic Design, we offer art and design courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Our courses are taught by industry experts using the latest equipment, software and hardware. Our campus benefits from bespoke studios and workstations. For budding photographers, our darkroom even offers colour processing as well as extensive analogue film camera facilities.
Every year our students are visited by national and international industry influencers and have the opportunity to embark on an international research trip. In 2019 it was Lisbon, in 2020 it will be Berlin.
Love to draw, snap away, sketch and design? You have come to the right place. The University of Cumbria: Where the Impossible becomes Possible.
English Literature and Creative Writing
The landscape in the North of England has inspired and produced some of Britain’s literary greats, so studying at our campuses in Carlisle and Ambleside, the latter set in the stunning rolling heels of the English Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, should most definitely get your creative flow on track.
From Creative Writing to English Literature, our courses are taught by experienced professionals that maintain their own practice, often with links in industry. Our students also benefit from a calendar of events and visiting academics and writers, who share industry knowledge and offer networking opportunities. In March, author, TV presenter and broadcaster, Lord Melvyn Bragg visited our campus to talk to our students about Writing in Cumbria:
Love writing and telling stories? Find your voice at the University of Cumbria: Where the Impossible becomes Possible.
Home to two theatres, with the main theatre seating around 200 people, and three further dance studios, our Institute of the Arts offers BA Hons degrees in Acting, Musical Theatre and Performing Arts.
Our Stanwix Theatre is at the heart of our student performances as well as visiting professional productions throughout the year. Our students benefit from theatre research trips; visiting directors and choreographers from leading national performances working with students every semester; enviable studio facilities for rehearsing, practicing and project activities as well as lectures; and most importantly, our end of course ‘Show Stopper’, when we host two auditioning events in London and Manchester and invite talent management agencies as well as theatre companies to preview the talent graduating from our Institute of the Arts.
Turn your passion into a career. Study Performing Arts at the University of Cumbria: Where the Impossible becomes Possible. Want to find out more? Visit our website, ask a question or contact our International Team directly for support with your application or to request more information about studying in the vibrant, but historical North West of England
Where the Impossible Becomes Possible