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Bradford College

Explore your talent in some of the best creative facilities in the North

At the Bradford School of Art, our courses range from Art and Design to Fashion, and Performing Arts to Media Make-up with Special Effects, our students have access to state-of-the-art facilities that include industry standard music studios, photography suites, a TV studio, and fully-sprung floor dance studio.

They have frequent opportunities to showcase their work in our very own Dye House Gallery, as well as other art spaces across the region. Exciting industry opportunities in the past have included working behind-the-scenes on the set of The Duke starring Helen Mirren, workshops with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and regular openings to perform at events and venues across the country.

Creative Expertise

We are proud to have a large team of lecturers and course tutors who are also seasoned artists, performers, and creative professionals, who pride themselves on providing an outstanding creative education which encourages ingenuity, experimentation and enterprise.

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Your Course Your Way

We have been providing an extensive range of Higher Education courses for over 35 years. These include foundation degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, and postgraduate degrees. We also offer an excellent range of Further Education courses which can enable students to progress onto degrees, and our courses prepare students for employment in the Arts and Creative Industries sector.

As well as typical degrees we offer exciting foundation degrees that give you the skills and creative exploration to find your specialist field. These can be topped up with our BA (Top-up) courses and turned into a full Bachelors Degree.

Access to Higher Education – Art

Art & Design Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education – Art

Study LevelLevel 3
Duration1 Academic Year
Start DateSeptember 2024
BA (Hons) Art and Design

Art & Design Higher Education

BA (Hons) Art and Design

Study LevelLevel 6
Duration6 Academic Years
Start DateSeptember 2024
BA (Hons) Art and Design

Art & Design Higher Education

BA (Hons) Art and Design

Study LevelLevel 6
Duration3 Academic Years
Start DateSeptember 2024

Our Facilities

The Bradford School of Art is housed in an old woollen mill, opposite the David Hockney Building and near the Alhambra Theatre. The building hosts a range of events in Arts, Music and Performance through state-of-the-art facilities.

Our purpose-built event spaces hold fashion and music shows, as well as performing arts, theatre performances and exhibitions throughout the year.

Our Students

James Mowles
As a male graduate of Media Make-up with Special Effects, I’d say don't worry about stereotypes and what people might say. You're going there because you love what you do, and you want to learn and hone your craft. James Mowles BA (Hons) Makeup with Special Effects for the Creative Industries Alumnus
Carys Marshall
With Bradford 2025, there are so many opportunities now, and through the course I have made lots of connections with local venues and become good friends with people in the industry. Carys Marshall FdA Music for the Creative Industries Alumnus
Leon Ivic and Ellie Dennis
Bradford School of Art students specialising in Media Make-Up with Special Effects are championing sustainable practices in fashion and cosmetics with their involvement in BD is Lit’s “Fast, Fast, Slow”. Leon Ivic and Ellie Dennis BA (Hons) Media Make-Up with Special Effects for the Creative Industries

Industry Partnerships

The Bradford School of Art is well respected in the arts industry, with industry links including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Screen Yorkshire, Bradford City of Film, the British Film Institute, BBC, Channel 4, and many more.

Our students benefit from these links and partnerships within the arts industry, this can include guest lectures, trips and visits as well as off-site experience in your their subject.

Work with us

At Bradford School of Art, we are keen to talk with local businesses, with the aim that our art and design students are given the opportunity to gain valuable experience of working in a real-life context. Interested parties should in the first instance contact Head of Department, Leanne Burnley, who is best placed to put you in touch with our specialist tutors.

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Upcoming Events


Creative Eco Fest: Bradford College Welcome Cafe

On Saturday 3rd August at the Creative Eco Fest, Welcome Café will have a stall and serve delicious plant-based food between 12–3pm.

Latest News

Junction Mills Demolition Paves Way for £17m Future Technologies Centre

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[10:40] Asher Nutting Newly appointed contractor Morgan Sindall Construction commenced demolition of our derelict Junction Mills building on Thornton Road this week, making way for the new purpose-built Future Technologies Centre. The demolition of Junction Mills marks the start of construction on the state-of-the-art four-storey building, which will become the home of modern automotive and […]

Bradford College Plays Instrumental Role in Bradford City Kit Releases

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Bradford College students and staff have played an instrumental role in the recent releases of Bradford City’s 2024/25 kits.

Music Student’s Song Selected for Prestigious London Show

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A Bradford School of Art music student has been selected for ‘Origins Creatives’ – an arts showcase taking place at the Mall Galleries, London.