Our pleasurable task is to nurture the next wave of
informed professional creative independent thinkers and
Studying an Arts and Humanities subject in the context of a
university setting allows you to develop a highly
individuated critical practice, experience the benefits and
challenges of working in collaborative creative
professional environments and opens up the possibilities of
exploring new ideas and practices in interdisciplinary
What kind of national and global
cultures would we have without the presence of the Arts and
Where else will we find the talent,
flexibility, adventurousness and risk taking necessary to sustain a
vibrant national Arts scene and support a dynamic, world
leading Creative Industries based knowledge economy if not in
the Arts and Humanities?
In the Arts Faculty we want you to join us on a journey of
discovery building on your already considerable skills base.
Together and in the spirit of collective curiosity we will identify
the knowledge and skills that will be required for you
to become personally and professionally successful in
the new creative and critical world we live in.
We aim to:
- instill in our graduates confident engagement with emerging
trends in the arts, humanities and creative industries.
- engage with a wide range of ideas and technologies bringing new
challenges to the table and opening up new insights into your
chosen areas of study.
- support you to develop a professionalised practice by
opening up opportunities to learn new things and receive feedback
from experts within the university and through encounters with
visiting academics, artists and industry professionals.
- to testbed your knowledge and skills in a safe critical
environment as a way of preparing you to showcase your work in the
public domain as you move through a programme of study.
- to work in partnership with you after graduation and identify
ways in which we can continue to support your professional
ambitions beyond your initial programme of study.
"The Faculty of Arts is
a learning community, a place where ideas are exchanged and
challenged, experiments encouraged, and where staff, students,
technicians and support staff work collaboratively to create
exceptional learning opportunities for everyone."
We have a wealth of experience in
teaching, research and enterprise. We are an increasingly dynamic
hub of inspirational teaching, cutting-edge creative practice,
international research and bold civic and commercial thinking and
Learning in the Faculty is a highly interactive business
involving live teaching and learning encounters in studios,
lectures and seminar rooms as well as in virtual
spaces. Student outputs are remarkably
diverse reflecting the varied skills you'll be required
to showcase in the professional world of further study and
work. Most of all, your learning will continue beyond the
boundaries of the University campus as opportunities are created
for you to engage and profile your work in the City, regionally and
We understand both live and digital network cultures. The
internet and mobile technologies have enabled more democratic,
high-speed and flexible sites of critical and creative practice.
Here in the Faculty you will be able to explore and make sense
of the possibilities that this environment brings.
Research and Development are at the heart of exceptional
As a creative learning community we are all engaged in research
and development as a way of expanding our understanding and skills
base. We expect all academic staff and students to engage in
research and development activities, individually and in groups. We
provide a secure, intelligent context in which 'taking risks' is a
way to discover new possibilities and to test current skills
Research and development also delivers innovation in a variety
of ways. Commercially successful ideas, products and
services frequently emerge from a supportive research and
development environment. Our Creative Business Team are here
to support a wide range of activity to help individuals and groups
to get maximum benefit from their passion and commitment to study
with us at York St John.
Welcome to York
Come and live, work and play in the ancient city of York. If you
believe that York is simply a place with beautiful old
architecture, cobbled streets and some interesting pubs, you would
be mistaken. It has all those things but it is also a centre for
contemporary thinking and cutting edge practice across the arts and
humanities. Join us and make your unique contribution to a vibrant
Faculty of Arts!