University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Arts
At the Faculty of Arts, creativity and personal discovery go hand in hand with scholarship and academic endeavour. Whether your interest is Art and Design, Humanities, Media or Performing Arts, each of our four Schools has a wide range of courses at postgraduate level, and you can look forward to studying in some inspirational surroundings using state-of-the-art technology.
Our four schools are:
- Wolverhampton School of Art: Our creative community consists of a team of academics/industry professionals, expert technicians and internationally recognised researchers. We offer postgraduate programmes to further enhance, broaden and deepen your experience of art and design theory and practice. Inter and cross-disciplinary practice is encouraged, or you can study at a highly specialist level if this suits your needs.
- School of Humanities: We live in a world that has been shaped by big ideas – cultural, philosophical and religious. At each stage, these ideas have been the site for challenge, contest and debate and continue to be so.
- School of Media: We offer courses dealing with the theoretical and practical study of Digital Media, Film and Broadcasting.
- School of Performing Arts: Our programmes are highly respected by employers and provide graduates with a ‘gateway’ into the world of employment or further study.
You're welcome to contact us at any point if you'd like to talk more about our courses, or if you’re working on a research proposal to read for a PhD. We also hold a number of open evenings each year where you can meet with us and talk at greater length.
Many of our postgraduate courses can be studied part-time, offering you flexibility to balance your studies with other commitments. Postgraduate taught qualifications in the Faculty of Arts include MA Design and Applied Arts, MA by Research in Art & Design, MA degrees and postgraduate diplomas in Digital and Visual Communications, Design and Applied Arts, and Fine Art, MA Popular Culture, MA by Research in Humanities, MA Language and Information Processing, MA English, MRes Human Sciences, MA Contemporary Media, MA Film Studies, MA Public Relations and Corporate Communication, MSc Dance Science, MA Dance, MA by Research in Performing Arts, MMus Music, MA by Research in Music Technology, MSc Audio Technology, and MA Musical Theatre.
Student loans for PhD programmes have been confirmed in the UK government’s 2016 Budget announcement. Following the confirmation of £10,000 Master’s loans for 2016, £25,000 doctoral loans will be introduced in 2018. This announcement will be welcome news if you are considering a PhD with us.
Postgraduate Degree Show
The success of our postgraduate students, including PhD, MA Digital and Visual Communications, MA Design and Applied Arts, and MA Fine Art students, is celebrated annually in an exhibition, often in nationally renowned venues such as The Public in West Bromwich and most recently; Wolverhampton Art Gallery. For details, visit out postgraduate degree show page: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/mashow/.
For REF 2014, over 50% of our research outputs were judged to be of at least international excellent quality with 11% as world leading. This demonstrates an 8% increase in research quality since RAE 2008.
We have a number of research centres in the Faculty of Arts:
- Established in 2006, the Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation (CADRE)’s overall concern lies in the effect of art and design upon society. The social interaction inherent in new interactive technologies, the theory and practice of cultural agency, and experiments in radical democracy and performative objects, remain the hallmark of both the intellectual and practical research in all of our research groups.
- The Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research (CTTR) provides a research environment for interdisciplinary investigation into the history and continuing pertinence of internationalism, cosmopolitanism, and other inter-cultural configurations of consciousness and identity, including their manifestation in micro-cosmopolitan contexts (e.g. national, regional or local).
- Staff involved in the Cluster for Research in Culture and Humanities (RiCH) currently work in the areas of Broadcasting and Journalism, Creative and Professional Writing, Cultural Studies, English, European Studies,Philosophy and Film, Media and Communications.
- The Centre for Film, Media, Discourse and Culture builds on a long tradition of cultural studies here at the University, with a bulk of internationally-successful publications and external funding.
- The Centre for Creativity, History and Identity in Performance pursues creative inquiry and critical analysis at the intersection of theory and performance practice. The group comprises dance, musical theatre, music and sound, and drama.
The Wolverhampton School of Art has a long standing history of design excellence and offers a broad range of courses all housed within one purpose-built building in the heart of Wolverhampton. We have nine floors of outstanding facilities, including purpose-built workshops, specialist equipment and dedicated studio spaces which create an important environment for creativity to flourish.
Our excellent School of Media facilities include dedicated studios with workstations running industry standard software, a motion capture suite, a purpose-built media suite, TV studios and a sound-booth with full recording capabilities.
The Performance Hub boasts exceptional teaching and learning facilities for music, dance, drama and musical theatre all under one roof, to support student learning at the highest level. The Hub also doubles up as a performance venue, with shows and independent cinema at the Black Box Theatre, and rehearsal rooms available for hire.