University Of Cumbria Institute Of The Arts

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University Of Cumbria Institute Of The Arts

Welcome to the Institute of the Arts. Delivering excellence in Art and Design education since 1822. Become part of a lively and friendly community of arts practitioners. Take a look at our department pages to find out what makes us special.

Close to the city centre of Carlisle in a beautiful, leafy setting, the University of Cumbria’s Institute of the Arts is everything you need to inspire your creativity. We are currently ranked at #1 in the UK for ‘student satisfaction’ for our Fine Art courses*. *Guardian League Tables 2017

What Art and design courses do we offer?


  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art with integrated foundation year
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design with integrated foundation year
  • BA (Hons) Illustration
  • BA (Hons) Illustration with integrated foundation year
  • BA (Hons) Photography
  • BA (Hons) Photography with integrated foundation year


  • MA  Contemporary Fine Art
  • MA Creative Practice
  • MA Fashion Textiles
  • MA Photography

Why study Art and Design at the University of Cumbria?

The purpose-built arts resources and equipment at Brampton Road are excellent for students.  Our highly practical courses are focused on the development of your skills and the atmosphere is friendly and lively.  We aim to provide you with a rich, personal and unique experience and we have a proven record of excellence in teaching, student support and graduate employment.

The Graphic Design and Illustration studio is the hub of the course, students are encouraged to access daily. There is ample working space and over 80 Mac’s with the latest software.

Photography has a wide range of specialist resources available for almost every conceivable art and photographic outcome. You will be able to work with a range of new equipment, including Nikon digital cameras, professional digital medium-format, panoramic Hasselblad and 4×5 large format, on location or in one of the three main professionally equipped studios. Post-production and printing is through high-quality dedicated, Mac workstations with the latest printers.