The Department of Creative Arts is vibrant, dynamic, stimulating and positive. It is a space that thrives on curiosity, creativity and collective endeavours while also nurturing individual responsibility, adaptability and vision. We allow students to flourish in an environment that promotes debate, shared risk taking and mutual empowerment, leading to a rich understanding of the histories of your discipline, and the skills and techniques of contemporary practice.
If you choose to study with us you will be encouraged to develop coursework that shows off your intellectual and creative abilities that will be underpinned by rigorous academic standards . You will develop a rich and textured understanding of your chosen subject discipline, and benefit from our extensive links with industry creative practices. You will produce an eclectic range of creative outputs that will, in part, be inspired by our team who are engaged in research activities that inform our learning and teaching.
We see the link between thinking and doing as inseparable and mutually informing. As such, we will provide you with an academic undergraduate experience that will prepare you for a wide and varied range of employment.
Studying with us, you will:
- develop your creativity
- broaden and specialise your subject specific knowledge
- stimulate your personal and interpersonal development
- develop your independent learning skills
- develop your collaborative and team working skills
- develop presentation, organisational and communication skills.
Your learning journey is facilitated by a highly experienced academic team, deeply committed to excellence in teaching, learning, research, creative practice and student experience.
The department is very well connected with creative partners and companies across our subject disciplines. A key part of what we do it to embed enterprise and employability into our degree programmes, and linking with professionals across the creative industries is central to what we do, and to your professional development.
Our current collaborations include:
BAFTA ALBERT Education Partner
The Department of Creative Arts is a Higher Education partner for the Albert sustainability initiative. This is a collaborative BAFTA, and broadcast industry-backed project that provides the film and TV industries with the necessary expertise and opportunities to take action on environmental sustainability. The Education partnership provides screen graduates with the opportunity to understand sustainability and its professional and personal relevance.
THE Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
The Liverpool Everyman & Playhouses partnership with the Department of Creative Arts strengthens already existing ties between the two organisations. The partnership provides opportunities for Edge Hill University students to work with theatre industry experts, and for the organisations to work collaboratively on projects benefiting the Region.
EHU’s partnership with TATE Liverpool provides opportunities for staff/students within the Department of Creative Arts to work on live projects at TATE Liverpool. This international cultural arena encourages students to consider the implications of working on projects designed to appeal to a range of public audiences as well as challenges and applying creative skills to a real-world environment.
The delivery of applied drama modules is supported by colleagues at Theatr Clywd by focusing on the creation of practical projects designed for audiences in alternative settings, including community centres, schools, hospitals, care homes and hospices. The theatre has enabled student collaboration with professional actors, participation in professional development workshops and on-site mentorship in North Wales community venues. Theatr Clwyd has been a past recipient of the University’s Graduate Employer Award.
The Department of Creative Arts has been working closely with ScreenSkills (an industry-led skills body for the screen industries) to develop its programmes and inform its curriculum. ScreenSkills the who work across the UK film, television sector recently endorsed the 2019/20 BA (Hons) Animation programme, where it now “carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries”. Please note, this information applies to students joining BA (Hons) Animation in September 2020 only.
The Pankhurst Trust
Through the work of our tutor-led extra-curricular theatre company Mrs Pankhurst’s Players, we have established a strong link to The Pankhurst Trust in Manchester. The Pankhurst Centre museum supported the company’s recent trip to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe. Students have the opportunity within modules to get involved in the work of the museum through the delivery of workshops. A member of the Drama staff team is a representative on the museum’s heritage committee.
The Production Guild Education Partner
The Department of Creative Arts has partnered with The Production Guild of Great Britain to deliver the first university partnership to channel new talent into UK film and TV drama production offices. The BA (Hons) degree in Television Production Management is now officially affiliated with The Production Guild, the UK’s leading membership organisation for those working in film and TV drama production.
The Blackpool Grand partnership develops relationships with the Department of Creative Arts notably through opportunities for students to access professional performance and associated educational activities. Dance students have performed at Blackpool Grand in a recent series of ‘curtain raiser’ opportunities, for example with James Wilton’s production, The Storm.
The professional relationship with Company Chameleon extends over several years, through received performances, workshops, and commissions that have enabled students to access and work closely with key artistic staff. The company were awarded Edge Hill University’s Employer of the Year for 2020, following the engagement of several alumni students in their recent production, The Shadow.
Other partnerships and associations include:
BECTU (Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union), Walk The Plank, National Association of Teacher of Dance, Wigan & Leigh Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival (USA).
Many of our graduates have highly successful careers in the creative arts, either as producers, performers, production managers, professional dancers, theatre technicians, as well as careers in teaching, post-graduate study (Masters and PhD), a growing number of professional student companies, and many more exciting opportunities.
Our Employer Advisory Panel (EAP) keeps us connected with the creative industries and is pivotal in developing professional experience for our students. The expertise and insights from our EAP partners is embedded within the curriculum design across our degree programmes.