Dean of School's Welcome

Professor Juan Cruz

The School of Arts & Humanities bridges research and study in the fine and applied arts together with curating, writing and the history of design. 

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 and technological advance. We maintain close and productive links with numerous organisations, world-renowned theatres, galleries, libraries and museums that depend on the Arts & Humanities and which are central to our cultural and economic future; these links 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.

"Since the formation of the School of Arts & Humanities last year we have developed an increasingly strong sense of the potential of our subjects to contribute to how we address global challenges, by better understanding how we shape our personal and cultural identities."
Fine Art Trip to Rainham Marshes with Andy Holden
Fine Art Trip to Rainham Marshes with Andy Holden