With its innovative teaching and close links to arts industries, there can be few environments more exhilarating for creative minds than UCLan's School of Art, Design and Fashion.
UCLan prides itself on producing industry leaders and the impact of the School of Art, Design and Fashion and its students falls well beyond the campus limits. The high quality, professional work completed within the School is recognised by real-world businesses who regularly commission live projects from its courses.
The School offers an extensive range of courses and opportunities to students and partners. Guided by expert teaching staff, our 2500 students are encouraged to develop their natural talents into a competitive skill set that can provide a foundation for a successful career.
"Our strength as a School is our diversity. We have three strongly defined disciplines: Art, Design and Fashion. That variety spills out into the wider environment – it generates a real excitement that bursts out into communal spaces and is completely infectious." Stephen Bennett, Principal Lecturer - UCLan School of Art, Design and Fashion.
Our industrial links continue to grow in strength which ensures our teaching and courses are relevant, highly contemporary and meet the future needs of the sector. We work with a number of businesses and organisations, these include: Umbro, Durex, LG, the Lowry, BBC, Granada, Queen Street Mill, St Catherine’s Hospice, SMD, Dyson, NHS, M&S, BAE Systems, Burberry to name but a few.
Studying design-based courses at UCLan is a friendly, challenging and rewarding experience. The design discipline has an established heritage and philosophy of “creative thinking” that is embedded into our curriculum. It is this creative focus that sets us apart from others. We value our strong links with industry partners, who are regular visitors to the School and work with us to provide advice, present lectures and develop live design briefs that give all of our students real world design experiences.
UCLan fashion courses will teach you strong creative skills, developed through exciting industry-linked live project briefs, placements and work-based learning. We have invested in advanced facilities that nurture and enhance the student learning experience. Our graduates regularly win top prizes at Graduate Fashion Week and New Designers.
UCLan is a centre of excellence for the study of fine art from pre-degree to postgraduate level, with first-rate facilities, including specialist studios and workshops. Our students work in all areas of contemporary art and we were rated as one of the top three courses for student satisfaction in recent National Student Surveys. Former graduates include internationally renowned sculptor Andy Goldsworthy OBE.
Much of the research within the School of Art, Design and Fashion is based on a genuine desire to tackle aspects of societal challenge facing local communities globally: the need for people to belong and to have their cultural contribution recognised; the need for cities to change to meet technological and economic shifts while taking various and varying communities with them on the journey and importantly; the need to play a central part in an ecologically sustainable strategy for the global built environment.