Bolton School of the Arts

Welcome to Bolton School of Arts

Welcome to Bolton School of Arts

It is an exciting time to be part of the booming creative industries sector and at Bolton School of the Arts your creativity and critical talents will be nurtured, so you can graduate fully equipped with the skills that will help you to make your mark on the world.

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Subject areas

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Animation and Illustration

The University of Bolton print room

Art & Design and Fine Art

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Performing Arts and Theatre

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English and Creative Writing

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Fashion and Textiles


Graphic Design


Media and Photography

Welcome to “Unlocked”

Our virtual show designed to promote and celebrate the creative work that has been produced by students from across the School of the Arts throughout this memorable academic year. Within the confines of lockdown, students have been exceptionally busy and have used their talents and determination to overcome the restrictions of recent months. “Unlocked” captures the huge energy and commitment of our students to creatively reach beyond the barriers behind which they have been living to achieve their goals.

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Bolton School of the Arts

The School of the Arts really exemplifies the University's TIRI commitment to enhancing the student learning experience by embedding research and professional practice of tutors within the curriculum. Research enriches seminars and practical workshops across the school and opens up a fantastic range of collaborative projects between tutors, students and essential partners.


Lucy Detheridge

Fine Art | 2019

"The human form has been a theme in my work since I began studying at GCSE level. I am inspired by the great realist painters and artists of the renaissance period, notably Da Vinci and his anatomical drawings. I love the challenge of representing the body and have been attempting to blend my influences into a contemporary style, focusing on body image."


Hannah Hatchman

First Class BA (Hons) English Degree |

"Studying English at the University of Bolton has ensured that I was prepared to enrol on a Schools Direct postgraduate course to become an English secondary school teacher. Not only did I have the necessary subject knowledge, I also had the confidence to teach the subject to a class full of students."


Faye Power

Fashion and Textiles Lecturer |

"The fashion course gives you the opportunity to find out who you want to be as a designer. It teaches you the fundamental skills needed to enter the industry but also allows you to have fun and take creative risks.

The range of programmes on offer within the School of the Arts offers opportunities to collaborate and work across disciplines, allowing students to become specialists within their field whilst also gaining a strong understanding of the diversity of the creative industries. We don't take large cohorts so each student is valued and has access to academic staff, technical support and outstanding workshop facilities.

I enjoy working with students who are willing to play and take risks with materials and processes, challenging what is expected and known. I love it when students come with new ideas and we can work collaboratively to find solutions to creative problems whether that be through material sampling, use of new technologies and media, or working with traditional processes."


Cara Novotny

Theatre Graduate | 2018

"The course has given me a number of experiences within the university and at the Octagon Theatre. I have loved the opportunities to learn in the professional theatre environment, from observing rehearsals to being a part of the rehearsal process. I've had placements across my three years and the roles have developed, with new, different and increased responsibilities, from supporting the Octagon’s NT Connections group to working as an assistant director on David Thacker’s main house production.

I have gained knowledge and confidence in the career path I want to follow, and developed professional skills in theatrical and non-theatrical settings. The course has made me realise that I can be a theatre maker and now have the confidence to do it!"


Katrina Fletcher

Theatre Graduate | 2018

"During my placements I had been given responsibility for researching and developing creative relationships with schools, delivering workshops, and arranging an educational theatre trip for a class of pupils. I was supported throughout my placements by my tutors who were incredibly encouraging and insightful. My placements in third year greatly enhanced my CV but most importantly they gave me the chance to apply the knowledge I’ve gained in my degree, practically in the workplace environment. Consequently my skills as an artist and as a member of a working team have been developed and extended."





27 Nov 23

In a world where words sometimes fall short, art and design emerge as powerful agents of social change. The intersection of creativity and advocacy gives rise to a dynamic force that transcends conventional boundaries. Let's explore the ...

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Is a Fine Art degree worth it?

30 May 23

Are you passionate about art? Do you find yourself fascinated by brushstrokes? Do you like the play of colours and the hidden messages of artistic masterpieces? If the answer is YES, you may want to transform y...

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Art Trends for 2023!

09 Feb 23

Have you heard of the French artist, Henri Matisse? It’s fair to say, probably not. Nevertheless, something he once said speaks volumes in the art world. “Creativity takes courage”.One of the most important factors in becomi...

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Autumn 2022 Artist Talks

12 Dec 22

Throughout Autumn 2022, leading artists spoke to students on our fine art courses as part of an inspirational series of talks. The talks focused on the artists’ work alongside their experience working in the industry. Here, we focus on...

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Famous People with Arts Masters Degrees

04 Dec 22

What makes a good artist? Besides raw talent, you require formal education to perfect your creativity. As far back as the 1800s, aspiring artists were attending universities to improve their skills and create t...

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Bolton School of the Arts: Letting your Creativity Flourish

03 Aug 22

Are you interested in a career as an artist, designer, animator, choreographer, or illustrator? A degree in creative arts can make this happen. If you consider yourself creative and aspire to a career you would love, this could be a grea...

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