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An insight into your department

The Department of Creative Arts is home to our Animation, Dance, Drama, Film, Media, Music Production, Musical Theatre and Television programmes. As a member of our enthusiastic community, you will learn the skills and gain the experience to enhance your ever-growing CV, ready to join the next generation of creative arts professionals.  Find out a little more about your dedicated learning spaces and read some of our recent headline features.

Creative Edge: home to animation, film, media and television

The Creative Edge building is home to all the equipment and facilities you could possible need as a budding animators, film makers and media professionals. Our four animation studios are equipped with everything you need, including Cintiqs, Rostrum camera stations, 3D printers and the latest industry-standard animation, editing and audio software. These practical courses encourage you to spend plenty of time in and out of the studios, mastering the industry standard equipment. Adam talks us through the facilities:

The Arts Centre: home to dance, drama and musical theatre

With two theatres, four studios and a number of practice rooms, this artistic hub is the perfect place to hone in on your talents, gain new skills and meet new people. The Arts Centre also plays host to a diverse range of professional performances throughout the year, from comedy nights and dance shows, to family friendly performances. Dance student Maisie shows us around:

The Lonely Arts Club podcast

The Lonely Arts Club is a podcast hosted by Martin McQuillan by the Institute for Creative Enterprise of Edge Hill University. Each episode Martin is joined by an arts professional, whether that be a film director, musician, arts consultant or exhibition curator, who talks about their own journey into the industry.

Dr Mark Edward’s personal history of drag culture

Although he has been “researching” his identity most of his life, Dr Mark Edward hasn’t always described himself as a “tart-tongued queer”.

“This is really current debate. The book covers topics which are not yet widely acknowledged; it looks outside the mainstream to give a voice and a platform to drag performers such as bio-queens (women dressing as drag queens), peripheral drag kinging and queening, and organisations like the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. And there’s debate on ‘old school’ versus ‘new school’ drag – the aesthetics are totally different now.”

Mark Edwards, Reader in Creative Arts

What’s the buzz?

The musical world is built on writing partnerships, sparking off each other to create something much more than the sum of its parts. The world – yes, world! – premier of Ollie Hancock and Philip Treacy’s musical, The Girl in the Hat, will take place at Edge Hill University’s very own Rose Theatre. This exciting musical is based on the wild, exotic, highly emotional life and times of Isabella Blow, fashion editor and talent spotter (Stella Tennant, Sophie Dahl), muse to hat designer Philip Treacy, and bon viveur, before bowing out tragically early in 2007 at 48.

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