Study creative arts in the UK

Inspirational creative careers

The UK is an exciting, inspiring place with a long history of cultural and creative achievements. This has allowed us to develop some of the world’s best industries for creative professionals, from art and theatre to advertising and television – each one fed by university degrees that know exactly how to foster emerging talent.

There are more than 1,500 art and design degrees in the UK and four of the best performing arts universities in the world. With so much departmental collaboration, our graduates are exposed to all kinds of cross-pollinating ideas and approaches. And with countless museums, galleries, gigs, festivals and other cultural experiences to enjoy in your spare time, the UK really is the best possible place to spark your imagination and career in creative arts.

Passionate about creativity

We’re passionate about creativity in the UK, and everywhere you go, you’ll find examples of artistic expression – from iconic personalities to local artistic events. Nowhere is this more true than on our university campuses, which are thriving with a wide variety of performances, live music and creative groups. But whatever your passion – Shakespearian theatre, underground music festivals, or epic installations – it’s easy to connect with likeminded individuals and cutting-edge creatives in action. Everything you need to be inspired and grow the skills you’ll need to succeed anywhere.

'Over one in eight UK businesses is part of the creative industries'

'The creative industries sector provides 2.4 million jobs in the UK — 66 per cent of them outside of London'.

The UK has a unique creative heritage that is thousands of years old—and a creative industry that is now worth £100 billion. We’re also home to the largest public broadcasting organisation in the world. With over one in eight UK businesses being part of the creative industries, the sector provides 2.4 million jobs—66 per cent of them outside of London. When you’re not studying, there’s always something creative going on nearby to keep you inspired, from festivals and gigs to galleries and independent cinemas.

UK graduates are among the most employable in the world, and when you study creative arts in the UK, you’re getting the best possible preparation for a global career. From working as a dancer or musician to pursuing all kinds of roles in the film industry, the choice of career opportunities is growing all the time.

What to expect

Wide range of courses

From universities and colleges to specialist conservatoires, you can find career-focused creative arts courses in the key specialisms that interest you.

Performing arts

The UK is home to some of the best performing arts schools in the world, so whether you have a passion for acting, dancing or singing – or all three – you’ll find everything you need to rise to the top. You’ll develop a rich understanding of the history and theory of your creative field, before refining your talents for the ultimate self-expression. So you graduate ready to make an impression on the world.


You can study a wide range of musical genres in the UK, with a blend of theory and practice that will ensure your knowledge is as well-developed as your skills. As you proceed you can tailor your modules to whatever gets you most excited, from performance and composition to recording.

Creative writing and journalism

If you have a way with words – whether it’s poetry, screenwriting or fiction – you’ll find talented teachers ready and waiting to help you push your talent to the next level. A range of flexible degrees will help you understand everything you need, from structure and craft to how to tailor your writing to a specific audience and get your foot in the door with publishers and agents.

Film, photography and animation

Students of film, photography and animation will find world-class expertise on-hand in the UK, showing them how to master everything from narrative structure to lighting, image composition and editing. Not only that, you’ll get the chance to refine all these skills on state-of-the-art equipment, such as powerful HD cameras and motion capture technology.

Art and design

Artists and designers of all kinds are able to express themselves and refine their skills on a range of excellent degrees, where you’re encouraged to think differently and rewrite the rules. From ceramics to comic art, we’ve got thousands of courses to choose from, each one led by fantastic teaching staff with industry connections in your chosen field.

World-class teaching

The flexible nature of study in the UK means you’ll learn to think creatively from day one. Our outstanding teachers will share their expertise and help you learn your craft while fostering academic rigour and a strong knowledge of the history of your chosen field.

Because many creative departments allow for cross-pollination of ideas, you’ll be able to broaden your perspective all the time, whilst following your instincts towards the right career path. And you’ll be learning on state-of-the-art equipment – from powerful HD cameras to motion capture suites – so you feel fully prepared for success in your chosen field.

Create the career you want

Group of dance students in a studio wearing grey and white.

Whatever you choose to study in the UK, you’ll find courses designed with your graduate journey in mind. Through our progressive approach to learning, we’re experts at balancing the academic with the expressive, and the practical challenges of getting your big professional break.

With modular courses, a clear focus on professional career paths – and total immersion in the English language throughout your studies – you’ll be set to succeed anywhere in the world.

Meet creative arts students

Bhavana, India

MA Fine Art, Arts University Bournemouth

‘I didn’t expect the course to be as intense as it is, and I love that it is.’

Devon, USA

BA Modern Ballet, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

‘The benefit of studying in the UK and studying abroad, you get different trainings and different styles of ballet.’

Sabrina, Italy

Master of Music in Cello, Royal Northern College of Music

‘All the opportunities here make me a better musician. I will play with the BBC Philharmonic next year.’

Read blogs from creative arts students

'Studying in Scotland is preparing me for an international dance career'

Devon from the US is studying modern ballet at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow. Hear how he's preparing for a career as an internationally touring professional dancer.

'My fine art degree will help inform my existing architectural practice'

GREAT scholar Bhavana from India chose to study fine art in the UK to broaden her perspective and her existing practice.

'I'm turning my passion for music into my career'

Hear from Sabrina from Italy who is training to be a professional cellist at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

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