Art and Design courses at Salford

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From fine art to design for the stage and screen, photography to graphic design – the areas of specialism within art and design are vast and at the University of Salford, we’ve got them covered.

When you study art and design courses with us, you’ll call the £55 million New Adelphi building home. It’s where you’ll find industry-standard facilities and teams of experienced and dedicated tutors and technicians, on hand to help you hone your skills and develop your creativity.

You’ll be able to specialise in the areas that interest you, undertake live briefs and real world assignments, and at the end of it all, you’ll graduate with a portfolio of work and the confidence you’ll need to make an impact from day one of your new career.

Read on to find out what courses we offer, and where an art and design degree could take you.

Got a question? We're always here to help support you and answer any queries you may have. Get in touch with our friendly team by emailing or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

Did you know?


From professional designers and artists to project managers and teachers, our art and design courses prepare you for the working world.


Our graduates and alumni have worked with organisations such as the BBC, ITV, Social Chain, The Lowry Theatre and more.


You'll have the opportunity to make industry contacts while you study.

What art and design courses do we offer?

Foundation Year and HNDs

Foundation Years

These four-year courses give you a general grounding in the area before you move on to specialise in your chosen subject.


On completion of this two year course you'll be able to enter the world of employment, or go on to further study.


Spend three years exploring the areas of art and design which interest you most. You’ll gain an understanding of the general skills you’ll need, and as you progress you’ll get the chance to shape your degree how you want to.


These courses will allow you to build on your undergraduate and work experiences to far, to further develop your skills and job prospects in a specific area.

Art and Design courses FAQs

Do I need to prepare an art and design portfolio? 

Your portfolio is a reflection of your skills, personality and experience. Our Art and Design courses do require a portfolio submission during the application process. 

Find out more by reading our helpful portfolio guide.

What's the art and design scene like in Greater Manchester?

We're proud that Greater Manchester's design sector is etched on the world map. With iconic brands such as Adidas, JD Sports, Social Chain, The Lowry, and the cultural venue HOME on our doorstep, you'll have the opportunity to be surrounded by a thriving creative sector. You'll also be working with our talented lecturers to drive innovation.

What social channels do your art and design courses have so I can follow you?

The below areas have an Instagram account so you can keep up to date with what our students and staff are up to:

Do you have to specialise in certain media or techniques, or can you explore a range?

The way the programmes work is that in year one you are taught the basics of a variety of media, such as painting, sculpture, photography, film, fibre, textiles etc and you can apply these processes to whatever ideas you are exploring in the studio. Students have the freedom to specialise in one particular media, or they can try out lots of different ways of working over the three years.

In years two and three will I have the opportunity to focus more on project work and will it be mostly self-directed projects?

In years two and three the workshops become optional. Our courses are very much studio-based and this is where you will be spending the majority of your time. 

What materials do you recommend I bring to start the course?

We have a resource centre that you can buy paint and brushes from, but depending on your budget, we recommend that you bring basic drawing materials and some basic tools.

Are the courses suitable for students that commute?

Yes! There is lots of support for commuter students at Salford. We have two Commuter Hubs which are designated areas on campus for commuters who want somewhere to study away from the library, make/eat their own food, or even play some Xbox games. Alongside that we have excellent transport links - there is reasonable parking on campus, there is a train station next to Peel Park Campus and there are buses running every few minutes into Manchester and going into Greater Manchester.

Need more help?

Confused about accommodation? Unsure how you’ll pay for university? We know there’s a lot to consider and it can all be a bit confusing. That’s why we’ve pulled together all the information you’ll need before you apply on our Pre-Applicant Hub, so you can get the whole picture.


Experience our art and design facilities

Fancy learning your craft using the same type of equipment you’ll use when you’re working? Study with us and you’ll become confident and comfortable with industry-standard kit and facilities. You won’t just be left to work it out on your own – our experienced tutors and technicians will show you how to master everything we have on offer.

Take a 360 tour of our £55 million New Adelphi building below - it's the home of art and design on campus.


We're always here to help support you and answer any queries about an art and design degree you may have. Get in touch with our friendly team by emailing +44 (0)161 295 4545 or using the form below.