Creativity Matters.

Where would we be without creativity? A world without art and entertainment, a place robbed of meaning and emotion. No personality, no humanity, no colour. Because creativity, in all its forms, shapes our lives. It matters.

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Join a community of artists, designers, illustrators and more for an experience you’ll never forget.
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    Art, Design and Fashion

    Art Design and Fashion at the University of Central Lancashire delivers a portfolio of courses with innovative teaching and close links to the creative industries. We offer an excellent environment great for a creative minds that include studio based teaching from expert teaching...

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    Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire is held in high esteem within the industry, with some courses accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCJT) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

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    Media courses at the University of Central Lancashire merge creative and technical skills with a hands-on delivery by a close-knit community of students, academics and technicians. They boast industry standard equipment and facilities. 

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    Performing Arts and Music

    We offer an exciting range of Performing Arts and Music courses which have creative, vocational and hands-on practice-based activities at their centre.

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    The Grenfell Baines Institute of Architecture (GBIA) is home to architecture courses at the University of Central Lancashire. We aim to provoke debate, encourage diversity and develop advances in the profession, placing particular emphasis on conservation, sustainability and env...

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Get a feel for our campuses and check out the facilities through our campus tours. Our campus tours are led by current students and offer a great way to have an informal look around.

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Why study a creative course in Preston?

Take advantage of the countless benefits of living in the heart of Lancashire. Student life is about more than lecture theatres and exam results. Student life is about making friends for life and creating unforgettable memories. 

Life in Preston
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Get ahead of the game

When you study with us, you have access to some excellent employability services. Our Creative Innovation Zone gives you the unique opportunity to work on live briefs set by a range of companies in the North West and beyond. Allowing you to exhibit your creative problem-solving skills, as well as putting theory into practice. The Propeller Student Enterprise service gives you the opportunity to start up your own business. Propeller offers one-to-one mentoring, masterclasses and possible access to funding. With creative students three times more likely to start up a business after graduating – this is an excellent way of getting ahead of the game.

Your future. A vocation. An occupation..

No. 1 in the North West

Drama, Dance and Cinematics at the University of Central Lancashire is ranked 1st in the North West and top 10 nationally for student satisfaction (CUG, 2022)

Great graduate prospects

Art and Design at the University of Central Lancashire is ranked 2nd in the North West for graduate prospects (CUG, 2022) and 2nd in the UK for overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2021)

Outstanding facilities

Access a wide range of facilities, including fully functioning art galleries which regularly host exhibitions of student work across all our arts and media courses.

3rd in the UK

Our Architecture course was ranked 3rd in the UK for overall satisfaction (NSS, 2021), and we are top in the North West and 6th in the UK for career prospects (CUG, 2022)


The creative economy accounts for around 36,000 jobs in Lancashire


Employment in the creative industries has increased by 18% in the North West


There are over 4,500 enterprises in Lancashire’s creative economy

UK's biggest

The North West is home to the biggest UK’s regional advertising sector

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