Hardwick is an exciting hub of creativity with its own photography and fine art studios as well as being home to Hardwick Gallery.

Photography studio.


10 minutes' walk from the town centre.

25 minutes' walk from the train station.

Students creating charcoal drawings.

Did you know?

We are in the top 20 in the UK for graduate prospects in design and crafts.

(Guardian University Guide, 2020)​​

Hardwick is home to the Centre for Art and Photography which sees students explore their creativity in dedicated studio spaces including a dark room, a processing room, a Mac suite, the dedicated fine art studios and the sculpture yard, all packed with industry-standard equipment.   

The on-campus Hardwick Gallery also offers a diverse programme of public exhibitions, talks and discussions supported by practising artists, photographers and creative directors.

Investments to the campus

​Our Pittville Student Village, which is the result of £38million investment, is now open for new University of Gloucestershire students, adding approximately an additional 600 rooms to our existing portfolio. It's just 15 minutes' walk ​away from our Hardwick and Francis Close Hall campuses.

Degree show for the photography students  

Campus Spotlight

“Vibrant and empowering”

Every year we host a degree show at Hardwick where our students exhibit their work in our dedicated gallery space for artists, experts and the wider public.

Photography students using the equippment in the studio
Clothes on a fashion dummy.  

Future talent

“Hardwick is a creative community with a studio culture - the lecturers are also artists and you're really encouraged to explore and express your own ideas. I even got to enter the Hans Brinker Trophy art contest and exhibit my work in Amsterdam.”

Robyn Hill, Fine art graduate

Extensive IT and library facilities

We provide expert help and advice in using the full range of resources available to support your studies, whether you’re working on or off campus. Designed to provide a safe and secure environment for individual and group work, our libraries are open 7 days a week in term time.

Singer guitarist.  

Campus Spotlight

Bars and events

With an onsite cafe, you’ll also be 5 minutes’ walk away from the Students' Union (SU) bar at Francis Close Hall campus, where you’ll have opportunities to run your own events in addition to a number of SU run events. We hold several balls a year, the highlight being our summer ball, held at Cheltenham Racecourse and attracting over 5000 students – it’s certainly an event not to be missed.