Thames Valley University

Over 50,000 students, 2000 staff and three separate campuses, at Ealing, Reading and Slough, make Thames Valley University one of the largest universities in Europe – with a reputation to match. We are also the largest single source of skilled and qualified people for employers in the Thames Valley and West London.

The Faculty of the Arts at TVU has its roots in the late nineteenth century when it was founded as a dedicated music college, and today it enjoys an international reputation for radical, exciting and ground-breaking courses. In the late 1990s, the College was quick to respond to the explosion in revolutionary digital, creative and broadcast media technologies with a greatly expanded portfolio of courses. Our expertise falls into three main areas: Music & Performance, Media, and Art & Design, all three offer great career opportunities.

We offer excellent facilities across three sites and our location and links with London’s creative and entertainment industries provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to develop the skills and relationships necessary for them to embark on a ful... [ Read All ]


United Kingdom

Thames Valley University, Faculty of the Arts, St Mary’s Road
W5 5RF
Phone: 0800 036 8888 or +44 (0)20 8231 2734
Fax: +44 (0)20 8566 1353
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Our Aims

Our aim is to produce students who are informed practitioners able to both produce high quality works of art & design and place their work in social, historical and theoretical contexts. We focus on providing our students with a range of technical, aesthetic, conceptual and theoretical skills they will need to flourish in both academic and professional life.  

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Location and Getting there

TVU has three excellent locations in the most successful business regions in the UK: Ealing in West London, Slough and Reading in Berkshire. As a result, we have forged close links with blue-chip organisations such as the BBC, Sony, Sky Television and Pinewood Studios to ensure that our courses meet the demands of employers. In addition to its prime location at the heart of West London’s creative and entertainment industries it has links with national and international art bodies and associations.

The Thames Valley region has excellent transport links. Our main campuses are close to Heathrow airport, are served by fast rail links, and have excellent local bus services.  

Department and information about the department

The school of Art & Design at TVU is a vibrant one housing a broad range of art & design practises. We offer courses in Fine Art, 3D Design, Spatial Design, Graphic Design and Fashion, as well as a broad range of new media art forms such as Digital Animation, Interaction Design, Digital Art, Game Art & Design and Digital Media Production.

We have developed close links with a variety of industry partners such as British Interactive Media Association (BIMA), British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Ealing Studios, the BBC, IBM, Adobe and Macromedia.

Our Art and Design portfolio includes:

FdA Applied Arts, (Glass, Ceramics, Jewellery)*
BA (Hons) Final Year Art in the Community*
FdA Art in Practice*
FdA Ceramics*
BA (Hons)/ DipHE Digital Animation (Character Animation, 3D Modelling)
FdA Digital Animation,
BA (Hons)/ DipHE* Digital Media Production
BA (Hons) Experimental and Commercial Digital Art*
BA (Hons)/ DipHE *Fashion and Textiles,
FdA Fine Art*
BA (Hons)/DipHE Fine Art (Fine Art, Community Art, Digital Art),
BA (Hons)/ DipHE Games Development (Games Art, Ga...  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description

Our staff are both practitioners and academics, informing their teaching through industry experience and research. The faculty also has a vast array of expertise in the fields of music and video production. Staff are encouraged to engage in external activities, and staff have a long history of broadcast credits, artistic exhibitions, commercial consultancy, external examination, and visiting lecturing at other institutions.

Our lecturers are actively involved across the full spectrum art and design practices and are productive in contexts from the gallery to industry.
They have a long list of achievements and recent accolades include:

Michael Garaway's small "credit card" format work, "Cuprodata 1", was accepted and hung for the 2006 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, viewable at The Royal Academy in London until 20th August 2006.

Professor Jeremy Gardiner’s work is highlighted in the new Thames and Hudson book Art in the Digital Age. He wrote the book Digital Photo Illustration published by Van Nostrand Reinhold and is currently writing the concluding chapter to White Heat, Cold Logic an MIT press book to be published in...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Undergraduates

Our Art and Design courses are designed for innovative and creative students looking to explore contemporary art from a unique perspective and who are interested in developing a substantial range of skills. Entry into the DipHE will be between 80-120 UCAS tariff points and onto the BA (Hons) 160 UCAS tariff points. We expect a percentage of these to be at GCE A/VCE A level. IB Points 29 BA (Hons), 24-26 Dip HE. All prospective students are interviewed with a portfolio of current work.

For the FdA courses, applicants who have at least 40 UCAS tariff point e.g. one GCE a/VCE A Level or two GCE AS/VCE AS Levels, will be positively considered for admission to this course.  

Information For  Postgraduates

Our postgraduate courses offer the opportunity for in-depth study for recent graduates and those who wish to refresh their education, or professionals wishing to further enhance their career prospects. We offer taught masters programmes that can be studies full-time or part-time, we also offer degrees by research.  

Information For  International Students

TVU’s International Offices in London and Reading and in its Regional Offices in Asia and India, have experienced staff who will provide you with as much help as you need, including:

• a free ‘meet and greet’ service to collect you from Heathrow or Gatwick airports
• a special induction programme
• a pre-sessional programme in August designed to provide you with the opportunity to settle in, make friends and improve your academic English and study skills
• free additional English classes all year for international students on academic programmes in Reading
• a programme of social activities
• short home stays with British families, by arrangement, in other parts of the UK
• information on international student organisations in London
• advice and assistance with opening bank accounts
• details of travel discounts
• a common room for international students equipped with computers
• networking opportunities for students
• international student mentoring upon request
• a dedicated office for Visiting Students (Study Abroad)
• free membership to International Students House (ISH), the p...  [ Read All ]


The Faculty’s Art and Design students and alumni have many successes including:

Kenji Ko’s work ‘Digiti’ was given a whole page feature as part of the June 2006 showcase in ‘Computer Arts’ magazine. This work was also exhibited at the Science Museum in May as part of the Takeaway festival alongside “Graphical Mess” the work of fellow student Seth Beer.
Emma Burrows has attracted the interest of the Arts Council with her film project working with people who have experienced or are experiencing suffering.
Andrea Prady set up a charity that has published a book she has written for Buddhist children.
Rhoda Villegas won 1st prize in the Student Children's Character Design at IMAF (International Manga & Anime Festival )
Kazembe Hamadi was a winning finalist in the Nationwide Mercury Prize and was highly commended for his entry "In Search Of".
Our photography students are successful participants in many nationwide competitions with wins in the Olmec/ICI 'Digital Art' and Focal Press ‘Making it Unreal’ competitions: Mascha Andexer; Tetley Photographic Competition 2006: Sukey Parnell; Olympius Sleazenation ...  [ Read All ]

Student Facilities

As you might imagine we provide you with all the facilities you could possibly want.
Alongside the studio spaces and workshops allowing for drawing, painting, ceramics, small-scale sculpture and print we have state of the art computer facilities including Digital Photography, Video, 3D Modelling and Animation, Physical Computing and Sensory Based Installation.

Student Testimonials

“The tutors belief in their students and their inspiration and vision have made the course what it is – fantastic.”
Fran Apprich, MA in Video Production & Film Studies


The University has accommodation offices on both the Ealing and Reading campuses. The accommodation service on both sites can help you find somewhere to live. We have purpose-built halls of residence in Ealing and Reading.
For more information see or contact the University Accommodation Service on:
Tel: 020 8231 2511/2311/2519

How To Apply

For all enquiries, please contact the Learning Advice Centre
Tel: 0800 036 8888 or +44 (0)20 8579 5000

Visit us (open days)

For all enquiries, please contact the Learning Advice Centre
Tel: 0800 036 8888 or +44 (0)20 8579 5000

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Tel: 0800 036 8888