Arts

Develop your own creative style. Capture a moment in time using photography, make beautiful glass and ceramic creations, or create a fine art masterpiece. Graduate with a portfolio of work to impress prospective employers. 

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Courses we offer

Our creative Arts courses combine practical skills with academic rigour. You will work with our award-winning academics to build up a portfolio that will impress prospective employers and display your practical skills, leading to a rewarding and creative career. Take a look below to find the right course for you.

Undergraduate courses

Camera equipment
Full-time/Part-time

BA (Hons) Photography, Video and Digital Imaging

Work alongside like-minded students within a creative and supportive environment, and gain work experience through projects and commissions managed by our Photography department.

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BA (Hons) Fine Art
Full-time/Part-time

BA (Hons) Fine Art

Study a wide range of modules to suit your interests, including Fine Art Media Skills, History of Art and Fine Art Contemporary Practice which will culminate with an exhibition in your final year giving you the opportunity to showcase your work to a public audience.  

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Full-time/Part-time

BA (Hons) Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics

Master making skills in a range of materials, including Glass and Ceramics. Develop individual creativity and skills through cutting edge and established methods of practical making and conceptual thinking. Foster reflective and critical approaches to creative practice by promoting diagnostic, communication and digital skills. Work alongside like-minded students and within a creative and world-class environment. Celebrate and showcase your creations in the final year Degree Show.

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Full-time

BA (Hons) Photography, Video and Digital Imaging with Integrated Foundation Year

Work alongside like-minded students within a creative and supportive environment, and gain work experience through projects and commissions managed by our Photography department.

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BA (Hons) Fine Art
Full-time

BA (Hons) Fine Art with Integrated Foundation Year

Study a wide range of modules to suit your interests, including Fine Art Media Skills, History of Art and Fine Art Contemporary Practice which will culminate with an exhibition in your final year giving you the opportunity to showcase your work to a public audience.

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Student working in glass centre
Full-time

BA (Hons) Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics with Integrated Foundation Year

Master making skills in a range of materials, including Glass and Ceramics. Develop individual creativity and skills through cutting edge and established methods of practical making and conceptual thinking. Foster reflective and critical approaches to creative practice by promoting diagnostic, communication and digital skills. Work alongside like-minded students and within a creative and world-class environment. Celebrate and showcase your creations in the final year Degree Show.

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Foundation Diploma Art and Design
Full-time

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

This Foundation Diploma helps you develop new ways of working by providing broad exposure to a range of pathways including Fine Art, Fashion, Visual Communication, Lens-Based Media, and Glass and Ceramics. The course is free for school-leavers aged 18 at the start of the course.

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Customised Awards Scheme
Full-time/Part-time

Customised Awards Scheme

Pick and choose the modules you want to study to build a tailor-made course. Available at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, this course allows you to gain a qualification that closely matches your particular needs.

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Postgraduate courses

MA Fine Art
Full-time/Part-time

MA Fine Art

Pursue your passion for Fine Art at an advanced level with professional support. Push the boundaries of your creativity,  academic rigour and contextual research. Define your own creative identity, tackle key issues and boost your employability.

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MA Glass
Full-time/Part-time

MA Glass and Ceramics

Develop a specialism in glass or ceramics, using outstanding facilities at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. Become independently creativity, improve your technical skills through expert support, and develop academic skills in research and communication.

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philosophy
Full-time/Part-time

MPhil Master of Philosophy

Take your education to the next level. Choose the areas you want to study, and which questions you want to research. Take the initiative while we support you with advice, guidance and facilities.

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Medicine
Full-time/Part-time

PhD Doctor of Philosophy

Refine your own agenda and do what you find interesting every day. Develop mastery of research methods that are appropriate to your chosen field. Discover things that no-one else has ever discovered.

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Part-time

DProf Professional Doctorate

Study for a doctoral qualification based on your professional role. Reflect on contemporary issues in the workplace.

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Part-time

PhD by Existing Published or Creative Work

Take the fastest route to a PhD. Convert your previous research outputs into a qualification which will increase your employability and open up new opportunities. Progress your academic career and add credibility in applications for research funding.

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Part-time

Higher Doctorate

Take your academic career to the highest level. Make a very significant and sustained contribution to your subject. Gain an elite qualification that will mark you out as an outstanding contributor to your field.

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Customised Awards Scheme
Full-time/Part-time

Customised Awards Scheme

Pick and choose the modules you want to study to build a tailor-made course. Available at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, this course allows you to gain a qualification that closely matches your particular needs.

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Outstanding facilities

Develop your intellectual and technical abilities, maximise your creative potential and generate a professional working practice. Join one of our Fine Art courses and you’ll be allocated personal studio space and have access to digital, video, sound editing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, woodwork and metalwork facilities. We have workshops, project spaces, a student gallery, a digital studio with video, sound editing and screening facilities and digital suites with Apple Macs.

Europe's largest glass and ceramics department

You’ll be based at the National Glass Centre, a nationally recognised glass production and exhibition environment, and home to our glass and ceramics department - the largest in Europe. You'll have an abundance of opportunities to network with professionals, as we hold up to 15 exhibitions per year with world-leading artists, and you can use that inspiration to exhibit your own work at the 'New Designers' exhibition in London.

Our staff include award-winning professional artists, designers, curators and writers with extensive international contacts, giving you the opportunity to enhance your networking skills. You’ll be at the heart of an international network of glass and ceramics professionals, giving you access to world-class production facilities, and you’ll showcase your work in the end of year Degree Show.

Life through a lens

At Sunderland, you'll develop your own personal style, be based at the fantastic Northern Centre of Photography and have the opportunity to display your work in our student gallery and Edition magazine, created by students. You'll have access to leading practitioners and theorists. You'll use our state-of-the-art chemical and digital photography facilities, including black and white and colour chemical darkrooms, and access a range of industry-standard cameras such as Mamiya, Hasselblad and Nikon. We have extensive studios equipped with Tungsten and flash lighting kits and specialist equipment for you to use, and you'll have the opportunity to print from 35mm to 5x4 plus a large horizontal enlarger to enable you to create extra-large prints. You'll also have access to Apple Macs with industry-standard video and editing software.