Wolverhampton School of Art has a long tradition of providing the perfect environment for students to fulfil their creative potential. Housed in the distinctive, purpose-built George Wallis Building with outstanding facilities, including purpose-built workshops, specialist equipment and dedicated studio spaces. Our vibrant studio-based community provides the physical, supportive and creative space for you to become the artist or designer you want to be.
We offer a range of courses from across the broad spectrum of Art, Design and Media. All taught by our team of specialist academics and industry professionals and supported by our expert technicians and internationally recognised researchers.
What’s more, we provide unrivalled support for you to establish your creative career through our links with industry including placements, competitions, live briefs and study trips. As evidenced by the number of our graduates who go on to enjoy unparalleled success in their chosen fields.
In addition, we have a comprehensive year-long, programme of events, including Artsfest one of the region’s leading platforms for arts engagement. Along with numerous cultural highlights including our annual Degree Shows and the upcoming British Art Show. Furthermore, we are committed to promoting equality and diversity through our programme of events for Black History Month and LGBT+ History Month.
We also have a rather fabulous vegetarian and vegan café – the social hub and beating heart of our school.
Wolverhampton School of Art Graduate Showcase 2021
We are delighted to announce our end of year graduate showcase highlighting the work of our final year students in Art, Design and Screen based subjects.
Over the last few weeks we have had a film crew on site in the School of Art recording student experiences and their work. The last year, has undoubtedly been a huge challenge to students and staff in the School of Art. We have found ourselves working at home in make-shift spaces and often with limited materials and kit. Our staff and students have been hugely inventive in finding opportunities and outlets to keep learning live - and this, in itself, is a testament to our creativity and resilience as a sector.
Employability is core to the ethos of the School of Art’s learning and teaching
- Our students have access to a wide range of services to support them in the development of their creative careers. Including jobs, opportunities, careers advice, online resources, mentoring and business start-up support for creative enterprises.
- We provide opportunities for our students to experience professional practice and work on subject-specific live briefs led by external clients/organisations through our links with industry.
- We also have an enviable record of success in national and international competitions.
- Our series of online Creative Futures Careers Talks are led by professionals working in the creative industries, many of them are our graduates.
- In addition, we provide opportunities to undertake professional placements and engage with interdisciplinary collaborative practice – alongside numerous other creative opportunities.
Enabling students to build experience and to enhance their confidence, forming a solid foundation on which to begin their creative journey. Towards a dynamic, exciting and successful career in the creative industries.
Cheryl Jones, BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting) graduate 2000
Cheryl graduated from the School of Art in 2000 and is now Director of the Grand Union art gallery in Digbeth, Birmingham. She credits her time at the University for widening her experience and enjoyment of all art forms as well as just painting.
Creative Futures Careers Talks
The Careers Team have been working together with the School of Art and ArtsFest to create a brand new series of online Creative Futures Careers Talks. The talks are led by professionals working in the creative industries, many of them are our graduates. They will share their career journeys so far, the challenges they have faced and how they made it happen. We will get the chance to hear from people from a wide range of backgrounds, from self-employed designers/ artists to those working in large organisations. There will also be a Q&A which is a great opportunity to have any queries answered by those working in the field.
Two University of Wolverhampton graduates: Harriet Rogers (Fashion and Textiles) and Aneesa Suleman (Business Management with Marketing), have a appeared in a recent episode of the ‘The Student Sessions’ podcast series. In this episode, Harriet and Aneesa talk about their experiences of university life and, in particular, the challenges of preparing for the world of employment during a global pandemic.
Elliot Walker has claimed the top prize in the second series of Blown Away, a global glassblowing reality show which is currently being livestreamed on Netflix. Elliot studied for a master’s degree in Applied Arts in the Wolverhampton School of Art and graduated in 2012.
He secured a place in the reality show and took part with ten other glass artists from around the world. The artists competed in North America’s largest hot shop to push themselves to creative extremes in the quest to be named Best in Glass.
In each episode, the glassblowers must impress a panel of art experts or risk being eliminated in pursuit of a life-changing prize that will enhance their career prospects.
As winner of the show, Elliot has been awarded a residency at the Corning Museum and the Pittsburgh glass centre.
There are many more testimonies, from successful graduates, in our Student Case Studies page.
Wolverhampton School of Art MA Show 2021
Friday 17th September – Sunday 3rd October: Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield St, Wolverhampton WV1 1DU
MA Design and Applied Arts / MA Digital And Visual Communications
Friday 1st – Sunday 31st October: The New Art Gallery Walsall, Gallery Sq, Walsall WS2 8LG
MA Fine Art And / MA Art and Design by Research
it is a great pleasure that we are once again partnering with Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the New Art Gallery Walsall in hosting our MA Degree Shows.
British Art Show 9
22 January - 10 April 2022
We are delighted to announce that the Wolverhampton School of Art has been selected as one of the venues for the prestigious British Art Show 9! In what is a major boost and sign of recognition for arts and culture in Wolverhampton, we are proud to be hosting this prestigious touring exhibition in January 2022.
This year marks the seventh year of Artsfest hosted by the university. Traditionally we join with cultural venues across the region to programme a variety of events including live performances, workshops, theatre shows, music, poetry, art exhibitions, and lots more to get involved with.
We invite an eclectic range of new and established artists both locally and further afield, to use Artsfest as a platform to enhance their careers. This is something that we are proud to support and will endeavour to do in the future, using Artsfest as a vehicle to continue to bring you the very best this region has to offer.
The Gallery Café
In need of a quick pick-me-up from a delicious cup of freshly made coffee, a guilt free snack or perhaps something more substantial in a relaxed and comfortable environment? Then indulge your senses and taste buds with the abundance of choice on offer in our vegetarian and vegan café. Serving fresh sandwiches, freshly made salads, soups and a wide variety of drinks – and coffee of course. It’s ethical, healthy and environmentally friendly!
It’s also the place to meet friends, network, generate and share ideas – the perfect conduit to creativity. As play can also be serious and the best ideas flow when you create space for them to flourish.
We are embracing Black History Month beyond the confines of a single month. Our intention is for Black History Month to transcend seasonality and 'tokenism’ so that the original initiative itself is eventually no longer required.
LGBT+ History Month is a month-long annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and non-binary history, including the history of LGBT+ rights and related civil rights movements.
Wolverhampton School of Art,
George Wallis Building,
University of Wolverhampton,
Tel: +44 (0) 1902 321000
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