Studying Art and Design at Salford

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So you’ve applied to study Art and Design, we've made you an offer, but you’re still deciding or have further questions? 
We want to make sure you have all the information you need as you get ready to study at Salford. We hope the information below helps you in your decision making. If you have any further questions, simply get in touch with us at or at 0161 295 4545.

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


Our degrees give you the skills and experience you need to enter the working world and hit the ground running.


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.

Our Art and Design facilities include:

Purpose-built design studios

Computer suites with industry standard software

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

Cameras, audio and sound equipment, which you can borrow for free


How much freedom do you have on the course? Do you have to specialise in certain media or techniques, or can you explore a range

The way the programme works is that in year one you are taught the basics of a variety of media from painting, sculpture, photography, film, fibre textile 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 Levels 5 and 6 the workshops become optional. It is very much a studio based course and this is where you will be spending the majority of your time. We do expect students to be in the studio's working on projects when they are not in lectures or workshops. The studios are open from 8am-10pm.

How much of the course is collaborative projects and how much of the course is self-directed solo projects?

There are three collaborative projects over the year and some of the staff led workshops are collaborative. However, most of the time you will be focused on developing your own work.

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

You will not be expected to bring anything with you to start the course and we provide a range of resources to help you. 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 general information?

Find out more about accomodation, finance, and wellbeing and support on our Offer Holder Hub.