Manchester Metropolitan University Faculty Of Art And Design

With 3200 full-time and 150 part-time students we are one of the largest providers of art and design courses in the UK. With a distinguished history dating back over 150 years, we offer a wide range of art, design and architecture courses. Based in the heart of Manchester, a vibrant and creative multicultural city, we attract a diverse range of students from all around the world.

The Manchester School of Design was set up in 1838, only the second design school in Britain, and became the Manchester School of Art shortly after. The present magnificent Art School (now Grosvenor building) was built in 1880, and it was here in the early years of the century that L.S.Lowry studied.

Many well known artists and designers have taught here over the decades including painter Adolphe Vallete (a contemporary of Lowry’s) and Walter Crane, who was Head of Design. The impressive Holden Gallery within the original building was once the Textile Court, and now houses a programme of contemporary art and design exhibitions.

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United Kingdom

Ormond Building
M15 6BR
Phone: +44 161 247 1705
Fax: +44 (0)161 247 6393

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Our Aims

We aim to further contemporary practice in art and design while embracing traditional as well
as emergent technologies. Like Manchester, we are original modern.  

Location and Getting there

The Faculty's programmes are largely based in buildings adjacent to the re-landscaped Grosvenor Park on the main All Saints Campus, a major project undertaken with the help and advice of staff from our Landscape subject area.

Just 10 minutes from the Cornerhouse and the centre of Manchester, with its vibrant restaurants, bars and galleries, the Faculty is at the heart of the Oxford Road student corridor, which with 80,000 students in two universities is one of the largest student centres in the country.

The Faculty's buildings range from the magnificent Grosvenor Building , which was the original Manchester School of Art constructed in 1880, to modern accommodation. The Righton Building, a listed building which was originally a draper’s store was built in 1905, the Chatham Building in the 1960s and the Cavendish Building in 1978. The Acting course, which has its own Capitol Theatre, is based in the Mabel Tylecote Building a few steps away.


Academic Staff and Description

All of the staff in the Faculty are practitioners as well as lecturers and are encouraged to spend part of their week on their own practice. This can range from consultancy to applied research,pure research and single authored books. The range of diversity amongst the staff practice reflects the breadth of activity in the programmes and includes internationally recognised work in a range of disciplines from contemporary sculpture, interior design, three dimensional design and textiles to photography, video installation and visual arts publishing. At
Manchester we recognise that a vibrant art and design culture grows from having an active group of staff.  

News and Events  

Information For  Undergraduates  

Information For  Postgraduates  

Information For  International Students

Manchester is a truly international European city, with a large and diverse population with origins in many parts of the world. And from a total student population of 80,000, around 10,000 are international students, creating an attractive environment to study art, design and architecture.

There is a range of cultural institutions in the city focussed on the wider picture, from the Instituto Cervantes for the Hispanic countries to the Chinese Arts Centre. And the city’s galleries and museums show artists and designers from all over the world.

MMU Faculty of Art and Design welcomes international students and the special perspective they bring to creative arts and design practice.


In recent years graduates from many disciplines have made their mark on culture internationally, including Thomas Heatherwick and Peter Saville,(Design), Mick Hucknall (Fine Art) and Julie Walters, Steve Coogan and Sir Anthony Sher (Acting).  

Student Facilities

The Faculty is fortunate to have a wide range of resources for students, combining traditional media with the most modern digital facilities.

The studios range from the magnificent painting studios in the original 1880 School of Art building, to modern design spaces in the 8 storey Chatham tower, affording panoramic views over central Manchester.

Our ethos is to combine new and digital media in innovative and exciting ways. So within Fashion, Embroidery and Textiles for example, traditional weaving techniques are side by side with the advanced digital loom. Bronze casting and etching can be combined with computer image manipulation and professional digital edit suites.

The library is not only a learning centre but has its own distinguished art and design collection, and the Faculty also holds a world class Textiles collection and resource, as well as an extensive slide library.

Most facilities are open to all trained students in the Faculty, in addition to drop in PC and creative Mac computer suites.


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