Arts and Graphics

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Our Art and Graphics courses are designed to develop the skills and contacts you need to make an impact in the industry. 

Created to reflect a working environment, our courses will give you the opportunity to learn from tutors who have vast experience of working in the arts sector, and to work on modules that have been shaped in partnership with industry experts.

From working on live briefs to taking part in exhibitions, catwalks and competitions, you will build confidence and creative ability that will prepare you for taking the first step in your professional career.

Studying Fine and Applied art supports the development of your studio practice within fine art, craft, ceramics or textiles, with the option to specialise or work across disciplines. 

Our Graphic Design courses allow you to study design techniques and processes, graphic image making and specialist creative response. There is masses of creative freedom to choose an area of interest and explore this as part of the course. As well as this, there is the opportunity for field trips to local and international venues such as Paris, Rome, Barcelona, New York and Berlin.

“UCR has allowed me to experience university in a different way, as a larger university would be overwhelming.”

Ashleigh Lofthouse
Ashleigh Lofthouse Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fine and Applied Art


The arts sector is ideal for those who are detail-oriented and have a passion for creativity.

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Average salary - £28,800

Artists create original works of art using appropriate techniques, materials and media, design artwork and illustrations and restore damaged pieces of art.

Day-to-day tasks**:
  • Work from your own ideas, or a commission from an individual or an organisation
  • Sell your work through an agent or through galleries, exhibitions, shops or online
  • Research subjects, materials and new artistic techniques
  • Network with agents, dealers, gallery owners and other artists
  • Attend exhibitions, join artists’ groups and run local art projects
  • Work as ‘artist in residence’ – running classes and workshops in places like schools, prisons or hospitals
Working environments

You could work in a creative studio, in a workshop or from home.

*EMSI 2021 **

Graphic Designer

Average salary - £28,200

Graphic Designers use illustrations, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for informational, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes.

Day-to-day tasks**:
  • Discuss the client’s requirements and come up with creative ideas
  • Produce rough drafts and present your ideas
  • Prepare designs using specialist software, and produce a final layout
  • Make presentations to clients for feedback and approval
  • Explain requirements to other design professionals
  • Keep up with design trends and developments in software tools
Working environments

You could work in a creative studio, in an office or at a client’s business.

*EMSI 2021 **

In-demand skills that commonly appear in job descriptions for roles within the art sector include*:

  • Communication
  • Enthusiasm
  • Self-Motivation
  • Problem Solving
  • Innovation

What our students say

“I enjoy the atmosphere of this University as it is not as populated as other Universities, making it easier to concentrate on my studies. UCR was recommended by my tutors from Rotherham College, and they made me believe I could do it.”

Ryan Widdowson Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Media, Moving Image and Photography

“I’m really enjoying every aspect of the course. Studying locally means being part of a really close community.”

Charlotte Broadway
Charlotte Broadway Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fine and Applied Art