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Creative

Discover our courses in the School of Arts and the School of Creative Industries.

Welcome to the weird and wonderful

It’s not all about painting, pencils and photography.

Think outside the box, dare to go where others don’t and develop your artistic flair, in a creative community that supports and challenges one another.

At the heart of it all is our people. From activist illustrators and pioneers of cutting-edge sustainable architecture, to global music managers and BAFTA and Emmy-award winners.

Open your mind and free your thoughts – welcome to the weird and wonderful.

Students with graffiti

“One of the best things was being surrounded by people of all ages and backgrounds. That diverse environment is really conducive to being creative.”

Sidonie, Landscape Architecture graduate

Choose your course

Creative Industries courses

Discover our range of Creative Industries courses including Animation, Television Production, Sports Journalism and Music Business.

Arts courses

Discover our range of Arts courses including Architecture, Illustration, Games Art and Drama.

The extra-ordinary

Far from ordinary, at University of Gloucestershire ‘the extras’ are part of everyday life. ­

Published articles in the New York Times, an interview with Leonardo Di Caprio and workshops with Cartoon Network’s graphic designers – for our creative students, extraordinary is the norm.

Abbi Mobbs

Placements

Every year our students gain real-world experience through placement and internship opportunities.

Our creatives have worked for the BBC, ITV, The Times, ASOS, DreamWorks, Warner Bros and Universal Music.

Student taking photos abroad

Trips

Travel across the UK and beyond. From the London Design Festival and music tours across Barcelona, Amsterdam and Prague, to performing alongside professional actors on Broadway in New York.

Our course trips help students gain culture and knowledge which they bring into the classroom.

Student laughing in media room

Industry links

The Royal Shakespeare Company, Battersea Arts Centre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Saatchi & Saatchi, Paris Photo, Universal Music, D&AD.

Our local and global industry links help our creative students make life-changing connections and graduate one step ahead.

Our talented graduates

There are many misconceptions about the lack of career opportunities for graduates from creative courses.

Our talented graduates are proof this isn’t true.

Many have found themselves in careers some can only dream of.

Demi Marriner singing

“I’ve recorded and produced a debut EP and it entered the iTunes Country Album charts at Number 1. We learn and create on the highest standard of equipment and perform at festivals to thousands.”

Demi Marriner, Popular Music graduate

Ruth Hogben

One of the fashion industry’s most distinguished filmmakers, Ruth Hogben once studied Photography here at University of Gloucestershire.

After graduating she moved to London to pursue a career in fashion photography and it wasn’t long before she transitioned from photography into filmmaking – exploring fashion film as a new art form.

To date, her clients include Kanye West and Alexander McQueen, Fendi and Dior.

Most recently Ruth celebrated a 10-year creative partnership with Lady Gaga. Having collaborated with the global superstar as director of her Monster Ball tour, ARTPOP Ball, Joanne World Tour, performances at the Oscars and Grammys, countless TV appearances and her Superbowl halftime show.

Young film director giving instructions to actors on the set of Broadchurch

“The placements got us out and into the industry. I came out of the course with a really strong network of contacts. I love working with the actors and crew, bringing the script off the page onto the screen.”

Lewis Arnold, Film Production graduate

Directed several short films and episodes for TV shows like Misfits, Humans and Broadchurch

Festival stage with audience

A county of creatives

Creativity can be found in every corner of our county.

We’ve Cheltenham born clothing brand, Superdry and television giants, the BBC. As well as the Everyman Theatre, Gloucester Guildhall, Wilson Art Gallery and Cheltenham’s annual Jazz and Music Festivals.

We’re the home of Harry Potter filming locations – Bond and Bridget Jones too.

Not forgetting rounds of cheese made more famous by a Netflix series, and Sex Education’s unmistakable red and white house.

There are famous faces like the hilarious Daisy May and Charlie Cooper, creators of This Country, Simon Pegg, Beatrix Potter and genre-bending music star, FKA Twigs.

Our campuses

Located in the festival town of Cheltenham and the historic city of Gloucester, 4 University of Gloucestershire campuses unite our creative collective.

Each with their own unique charm and state-of-the-art facilities, they’re a hub for avant-garde thinking, unapologetic self-expression, and where you’re sure to find your creative tribe.

Park

Design
Games Design
Media

Set in picturesque parkland that was once a zoo, at Park Campus there’s inspiration to be found inside and out.

With a state-of-the-art media centre, bespoke design studios and top-spec games design suites, this is an interdisciplinary creative hub. It provides professional spaces where our talented students can commission, collaborate and create together.

Francis Close Hall

Architecture, Construction & Environment
Illustration

Often referred to as the ‘Hogwarts campus’, FCH’s ivy-clad walls are home to traditional print-making workshops, ultra-modern digital design suites, a Gothic library and architecture studios with panoramic views of Cheltenham.

Hardwick

Fine art
Photography

You’ll be surrounded by like-minded creators, artists and photographers. Get hands-on with industry-standard equipment in our dark room, sculpture yard and dedicated studios. Year-round exhibitions will keep your creative calendar jam-packed.

Oxstalls

Dance
Drama
Performing arts

Our purpose-built creative centre features harlequin-sprung dance floors, professional drama studios fitted with full-rig lighting, acoustically-designed singing and music spaces and an experimental multimedia suite with digital performance and audio-visual staging.

Discover the creative courses we offer at University of Gloucestershire