Inside Our School

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With a history stretching back over 150 years, Bolton School of the Arts offers a highly creative and vibrant range of courses, led by staff who are practising artists, designers, makers, critics, writers and performers.

Bolton School of the Arts offers an innovative and industry-informed range of courses, led by motivational staff who are practising artists, designers, makers, critics, writers and performers. With excellent staff: student ratios, the Bolton School of the Arts provides an exceptionally supportive learning environment in which students are encouraged to explore, experiment and excel in their chosen field. We also have opportunities to cross disciplinary boundaries and exchange ideas with staff and students from other subject areas through collaborative events and creative projects.

With links to international partners such as Beijing Foreign Studies University in China, and a regular programme of visits to and involvement in major design shows, exhibitions and cultural exchanges on the national and international stage, students and staff in our School enjoy broad horizons.

We also have excellent links with local arts venues such as the Octagon Theatre Bolton, neo:artists and Bolton Art Gallery & Museum. These have led to rewarding student-centred professional projects, and enabled us to hold degree shows in a range of regional galleries and arts venues.

Art & Design and Fine Art

Textiles & Fashion

Media & Photography

Theatre & Performance

English & Creative Writing

Graphic Design

Animation & Illustration

Purpose-built Facilities

Our purpose-built facilities in the Eagle Tower include custom-designed photography studios and fully equipped darkrooms, dedicated computer suites, wide format digital printing technology, and an array of well-appointed teaching and seminar rooms.

Innovation Factory

The Innovation Factory provides large, well-lit open studio accommodation, a 2D art workshop that accommodates a range of printmaking processes, a 3D art workshop that includes ceramic, glass and casting workshops, as well as wood and metal workshops.

Queen’s Specialist Building

The Queen’s Specialist Building is the primary home for our Theatre and Performing Arts students, including access to the university’s very own fully functioning theatre and studio spaces fitted to public performance specifications.

Off-campus Collaboration

We work in partnership with carefully selected education and training providers, offering access to an impressive range of educational environments and knowledge in the UK and Asia.

Senate House

Senate House includes design studios equipped with work spaces, and high-specification facilities for embroidery, digital printing, non-woven textiles, garment manufacture, felt making, printed and dyed textiles, and computer aided design.

Research & Projects

Research activity at Bolton School of the Arts is centred around the Research Unit for Art & Design, and the English Studies Research Unit. Staff from Bolton School of the Arts are also involved in research projects conducted by the Centre for Worktown Studies.

Our research in English & Creative Writing was classed as ‘world leading’ in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, and it was commended for its important social and cultural impact.  If you would like to find out about the research opportunities offered by the School, please contact Dr Terry Speake for Art & Design, or Prof Suzanne Stern-Gillet for English Studies.

Staff from Bolton School of the Arts also take part in the National Art & Design Saturday Club, working on Saturday mornings to give 13 to 16 year olds the opportunity to develop new skills and expand their opportunities. If you would like to find out about the School’s involvement in this project, please contact Rachel Dawson.

Industry Links & Partnerships

We work hard to build and maintain links with industry professionals and employers. These help ensure the relevance of our courses and research, and that our academic content and focus keeps pace with industry changes and innovations. These relationships may provide networking and placement opportunities for our students, as well as providing research collaborations and consultancy opportunities. Industry professionals contribute to our School Industry Advisory Boards and also feature as guest speakers throughout the academic year. Our industry links include:


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