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Art & Design and Fine Art

Welcome to Art & Design and Fine Art

Nurture your creative talents and pursue a rewarding career with the dynamic fine art and art and design degree courses at the University of Bolton! With a history stretching back over 150 years, Bolton School of the Arts offers a highly creative and vibrant range of courses, led by staff who are practising artists, designers, makers, critics, writers and performers.

We are the number one university in Greater Manchester for student satisfaction for the third year in a row as per the Complete University Guide 2020. Our innovative and industry-focused courses have an excellent staff-to-student ratio, providing a supportive learning environment.

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Welcome to “Unlocked”

Our virtual show designed to promote and celebrate the creative work that has been produced by students from across the School of the Arts throughout this memorable academic year. Within the confines of lockdown, students have been exceptionally busy and have used their talents and determination to overcome the restrictions of recent months. “Unlocked” captures the huge energy and commitment of our students to creatively reach beyond the barriers behind which they have been living to achieve their goals.

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A Personal Approach to Fine Art – Why Good Staff to Student Ratios Matter

16 Feb 21

Studying Fine Art is as much about appreciation for art, its history, and the artists that make it possible, as it is creating your own art and improving your techniques. The multiple facets of such a degree make student to staff ratios ...

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Is Fan Art Really Art?

05 Feb 21

Is Fan Art Really Art?

If you enjoy creating art, you might have considered going to university to complete one of the many available art courses. If you are considering this route, the University of Bolton is an e...

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Still Not Applied? We Have Art, Design and Media Courses to Inspire

08 Sep 20

Working in graphic design or digital media is one of the most creatively-stimulating and rewarding careers to have. Whether you’re interested in studying Animation and Illustration, our

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Inform, inspire and heal people through art

18 Aug 20

Recent tragedies in the world have brought about severe suffering for many of us. But they have also shown us the courageous and supportive spirit of the people in our communities. There really isn’t a better time to feel inspired to h...

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Setting the Stage - MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries

18 Aug 20

This creative masters degree is for people who want to enhance their expertise in a particular field of creative practice, whilst developing those key professional and employability skills needed to succeed.

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Designed by You - MA (Specialist Title) via Creative Practice

18 Aug 20

If you’re after an innovative and exciting master’s that is tailored to your career aspirations, then look no further! We offer you the chance to expand your creative practice through a range of projects of your choosing.




Lucy Detheridge

Fine Art | 2019

"The human form has been a theme in my work since I began studying at GCSE level. I am inspired by the great realist painters and artists of the renaissance period, notably Da Vinci and his anatomical drawings. I love the challenge of representing the body and have been attempting to blend my influences into a contemporary style, focusing on body image."


Louise Giovanelli

Guest speaker | 2019

"Painter Louise Giovanelli gave an artist talk to fine art students in Bolton School of the Arts. On her visit to us she had just returned from Florida where she had completed a Master Artist residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Previously, she was one of the 12 artists shortlisted for the prestigious Contemporary British Painting Prize 2017 through which she received a judges' Special Commendation award."


Charlotte Roberts

Fine Art | 2019

"I’m utterly shocked that I have been granted with this opportunity to be accepted onto the Venice Biennale Fellowship. I feel honoured to be representing the University of Bolton and possibly putting Bolton on the map! It’s simply an unbelievable experience and I aim to make the most of my time there."


Katherine Glover

BA (Hons) Art and Design with foundation year | 2019

"My work is figurative and often references feminist ideas and the experience of being a woman today. I am also interested in communicating the challenges and experiences I encounter as a disabled woman. In addition, more recent work explores concepts surrounding beliefs and spirituality – why people believe what they do fascinates me.

I enjoy the multi-layered mark-making capabilities of drypoint etching and exploring the different qualities of paint media through the use of acrylic and gouache. These 2D pieces have also been mediated through to sculpture into clay and papier-mâché."



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