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, creative dance house 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.

"I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better equipped university!"

"If you are looking for a really friendly city with loads going on, and a course that allows you plenty of space to develop your style then Derby is for you. To get the most out of the course,  you need to work hard and enjoy what you’re doing, be able to take constructive criticism on board and learn from your mistakes. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better equipped university. The screen printing studio was brilliant and we had access to the laser cutter and darkrooms."

Pippa Curnick, BA (Hons) Illustration

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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Take a look at what students get up to on our Art and Design courses...

Why you should study a course within the School of Arts at the University of Derby
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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. 

Virtual tour of the Print Studios at Markeaton Street
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Undergraduate Live Online Event

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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Fast track to Clearing

If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Register with us today and fast forward to your future.

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Academic Achievement Scholarship

We’re offering eligible students a £1,000 scholarship to celebrate your hard work and success. 

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