Explore Art and Design courses at Salford

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An art and design degree at the University of Salford isn't just a certificate and a line of accomplishment on your CV. Our courses allow you to work with supportive, friendly and experienced professionals, who genuinely care about how well you do.

At the University of Salford you'll learn new transferable skills, use our cutting-edge facilities, and you'll have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with a thriving art and design community in Greater Manchester. 

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 enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

Why should you study art and design at the University of Salford?


From professional designers and artists to project managers to teachers, our degrees 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.


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.

We're always here to help support you

Get in touch with our friendly team by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

Experience our art and design facilities

Our £55 million, sustainable and accessible New Adelphi building is a north-west hotspot for talent, academia, and creativity which is supported by a thriving media industry in Greater Manchester.  

The space empowers interdisciplinary collaborative teaching methods and our blend of digital and traditional facilities has been designed with industry, to create a forward-thinking educational experience during your studies. 

New Adelphi includes:

Purpose-built design studios

Computer suites that are equipped with the software you'll learn on your chosen course

State-of-the-art digital and traditional printing resources

High-tech cameras, audio and sound equipment, which you can borrow for free


Whether it's about the student experience in Salford, more details around industry placements, or how big our class sizes are - you can find out more by getting in touch with our friendly team by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

Student Life, Student Support, Accommodation and Finance

Student Life

Salford is part of Greater Manchester, a creative, thriving, diverse city-region in the north-west of England and home to some of the most open and friendly people you'll meet. There's an entrepreneurial spirit with the School of Arts and Media – we've got big ideas, and we make them happen.

Our main campus is just 2km from Manchester city centre, and our MediaCityUK campus shares a skyline with the BBC and ITV. Everything you need for an outstanding university experience. 

But we also know how to have fun – with some of the greatest sports, culture, and music scenes in the world. Salford and Manchester are home to anyone who works hard and plays hard.

Student Accommodation

Living in student accommodation is a great way to get settled into university life, meet new people and immerse yourself in the student experience.

No matter whether you’re an undergraduate student coming to university for the first time, an international student, or a postgraduate student looking to live in halls, we’ve got some great accommodation options to choose from, including Peel Park Quarter - which was recently voted the second-best halls of residence in the UK by Student Hut.

See more about the accommodation options available, as well as information on our facilities for commuter students >>

Support and Wellbeing

We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times you need a little extra support to help you. Whether you need advice about accommodation, settling into student life, or want a chat with our friendly Wellbeing team, we are here to help.

Finance and Money Matters

When you come to university, it’s important to manage your money carefully. Our student support service, askUS, offers information and advice on all aspects of student finance, whether you’re a current or prospective student.

Get more information about student loans, our support schemes and bursaries and help with budgeting >>


We're always here to help support you and answer any queries you may have. Get in touch with our friendly team by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.