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

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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."



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Still Not Applied? We Have Art, Design and Media Courses to Inspire

08 Sep 20

Working in graphic design or digital media is one of the most creatively-stimulating and rewarding careers to have. Whether you’re interested in studying Animation and Illustration, our

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Inform, inspire and heal people through art

18 Aug 20

Recent tragedies in the world have brought about severe suffering for many of us. But they have also shown us the courageous and supportive spirit of the people in our communities. There really isn’t a better time to feel inspired to h...

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Setting the Stage - MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries

18 Aug 20

This creative masters degree is for people who want to enhance their expertise in a particular field of creative practice, whilst developing those key professional and employability skills needed to succeed.

What’s it all...

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Designed by You - MA (Specialist Title) via Creative Practice

18 Aug 20

If you’re after an innovative and exciting master’s that is tailored to your career aspirations, then look no further! We offer you the chance to expand your creative practice through a range of projects of your choosing.

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Empowering Positive Change - MA Applied and Community Arts (Specialism)

18 Aug 20

Do you believe in the ability of art and creative culture, to improve and empower communities? To deliver improved wellbeing in society? Then by studying this master’s degree, you will be perfectly equipped to make a difference.


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Make a positive change to communities through art

18 Aug 20

Art is fundamental to our humanity and they have the power to positively change communities. Their social, educational and cultural benefits are truly remarkable. They enrich our lives and create positive experiences which never exclude,...

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