Dean of School's Welcome

Professor Juan Cruz

The new School of Arts & Humanities brings together programmes and research previously located in the Schools of Fine Art, Humanities and Materials, in order to enhance opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary activity and to enrich the experience of our students and researchers.

The School is concerned to examine the means by which the arts are made, critiqued, displayed and engaged with– the rich array of positions, methods, contexts and materials that artists, designers, curators and writers use and have used, as well as the subjects, ideas and issues that are successfully articulated by these disciplines. We pay attention to the arts within the everyday, and to the everyday as site of practice, and as archive. We maintain close and productive links with numerous arts and culture organisations to ensure that our work is relevant and public facing.

The School of Arts & Humanities offers students and researchers the opportunity to develop their own practices and careers as artists, makers, historians, theorists, writers and curators. All are encouraged to focus in depth on the particularities of their own work while also being exposed to more critically diverse positions across the School.

The School has a distinctive research culture, based upon a dynamic interplay between theory and practice, and encompassing a broad range of subjects and approaches, from highly individuated scholarly and creative enquiry to projects concerning public policy and evaluation; from collections-based research to speculative practice-focused enquiry.

The School enables focused research and study within an environment that is ambitious to generate new practices and insights. We thrive on interaction across the broad areas of fine and applied arts and the humanities, through School-wide lectures, workshops and tutorials delivered by key contemporary artists, writers, curators and thinkers, many of whom form part of our permanent staff base.

Fine Art Trip to Rainham Marshes with Andy Holden
Fine Art Trip to Rainham Marshes with Andy Holden