The University Of Northampton

Awarded full university title and research degree awarding powers in 2005, The University of Northampton is a dynamic, modern university situated in the heart of England.
We believe in teaching contemporary Fine Art practice within a social and cultural context that values diversity and debate. The student's ideas are nurtured and developed in an environment that provides specialist media support, close interaction with the course team, visiting artists and other students. They will graduate with a unique balance of critical, practical and creative skills and abilities.
A significant feature of the course is the opportunity to move readily between media disciplines which fall under the broad headings of painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, which embrace installation, digital imaging, video and performance. Those who wish to specialise in one discipline, may do so from the beginning of Level Two.


United Kingdom

Avenue Campus St George's Avenue
Phone: 01604 735500

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Our Aims

Whether you see yourself as an artist, designer, performer, media practitioner, or your interests lie in literary studies or creative writing, The School of The Arts at The University of Northampton will help you make the most of your talents.
Our aim is to provide a vibrant, stimulating and supportive environment where you are able to experiment and explore new ideas while working to fulfil your true creative and intellectual potential.
We offer excellent facilities and flexible programmes of study where students are encouraged to work within and across disciplinary boundaries and to develop their skills and imagination while enjoying their studies.  

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Location and Getting there


Department and information about the department

The School of The Arts is organised into four Divisions:
Fine Art
Media, English and Culture
Performance Studies

A BTEC Foundation Studies course is offered in Art and Design and a wide range of single, joint and combined honours undergraduate courses are available across the divisions. An exciting new interdisciplinary MA in the Arts course is now offered with a range of subject routes. A community of PhD students are engaged in research in all areas of the School. Approximately 1,300 students are supported by some 75 academic and support staff.

The School provides a creative and very well-equipped environment including:
Digital imaging lab
Music recording studio and practice rooms
Printed textiles and sculpture workshops
Printmaking studios
Radio and television studios
3D fashion and footwear workshops
Dance studios
Performance spaces
Photographic darkrooms  

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Information For  Undergraduates

The University of Northampton prides itself on supporting its undergraduate students throughout their studies.
We do everything possible to provide courses that will exceed, students' needs and aspirations. We offer an extensive portfolio of Single Honours or Specialist Honours degree courses that focus on either traditional subject areas, offer a contemporary focus, or target a dedicated career path.
If you prefer a broader-based degree with increased flexibility, our extensive Joint and Combined Honours (J&CH) programme provides a choice of around 40 different subjects.
Our two-year undergraduate courses, leading to either Higher National Diploma or Certificate (HND/C) or Foundation Degrees, have a more vocational slant with exciting opportunities for work-based learning.
Many of these courses can be 'topped-up' to an Honours degree through an additional year of study. Every course is split into smaller sections of topic-based learning called modules. Though some modules are compulsory, there are also a range of elective modules to choose from, enabling learning that can be tailored to personal interests or career aspirations.  

Information For  Postgraduates

Postgraduate study, independent creative practice and art-related employment are available to graduates of Fine Art. Employment opportunities include arts organisation, gallery management, exhibition curating, photography, journalism, teaching, art therapy, theatre, film and television, or into less obviously related work where creative thinking is valued. MA in the Arts (Fine Art) or (Curatorial Studies) are offered as suitable progression within the School of the Arts.

Information For  International Students

The University of Northampton prides itself on the diversity of its student body and welcomes international students from all across the world. We currently have staff and students from over 100 different countries across the globe.
Our dedicated International Office, based at Park Campus, has years of experience with dealing with overseas students and can offer social, as well as academic, support. Many of the staff are former international students.
For more information about the opportunities available to you at The University of Northampton visit our international student pages.
Find out more about Northamptonshire, a cosmopolitan, historical and beautiful county to live in.  


The University of Northampton Alumni Association aims to maintain strong links with our alumni community, former students, friends, parents and supporters. An international, thriving network of people linked to the University and each other.
Whether you have just graduated or been away from us for a while, the Alumni Association continues to support you through a lifetime of personal growth and development by encouraging you to develop social and professional relationships.
The Alumni and Development office is the main point of contact to help you stay connected with your University and to help us keep in touch, please follow the link to complete the online registration form.
Download the latests copy of Connect (PDF), the magazine of the University Alumni Association.  

Student Facilities

The School provides a creative and very well-equipped environment including:
Digital imaging lab
Music recording studio and practice rooms
Printed textiles and sculpture workshops
Printmaking studios
Radio and television studios
3D fashion and footwear workshops
Dance studios
Performance spaces
Photographic darkrooms  


Living on campus at either Avenue or Park is a great way of being close to your study, making new friends and being able to use University facilities.
Both of our campuses are attractive, safe, supportive and pleasant environments to live in with on-campus shops and Student Union facilities available to help you relax after a hard day's study.
Accommodation Services provides a wide range of information and advice to students at The University of Northampton. The following information should help answer many of your questions relating to accommodation during your time in Northamptonshire.
We are able to offer places in Halls of Residence to almost all first year students and existing students and assist other students to find safe and affordable housing.  

How To Apply


Visit us (open days)

The only way to find out if a university is the right one for you, is to go along and visit it.

Open Days
The University of Northampton welcomes visitors to its Open Days five times a year, when you can find out everything about how the University operates, meet staff and students and look at the accommodation on offer.

You can register for an Open Day in advance by calling freephone 0800 358 2232, email or register online and we will send you details of what will be happening. For details of the next Open Day and programme of events visit our Open Days page.

Campus Tours
If you can't make an Open Day, you can visit the University at other times by making an appointment to have a tour.
Campus Tours are available for both Park and Avenue Campus with our experienced Student Ambassadors. The tours last 45 minutes (approximately) and show all the main facilities on each campus. Tours are available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday — Avenue Campus at 2pm, and Park Campus at 12 noon. If you would like to attend a tour, or arrange for your school or college to have a tour, please fill in the online appli...  [ Read All ]

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