Why do arts matter? Over the coming months, we will be asking staff, students and alumni this question, sharing their stories of learning and research, and shining a spotlight on the Faculty of Arts.

What would a world without the arts and humanities be like? Without music, drama, literaturehistory, the visual arts? The arts and humanities give us the tools to learn about other cultures, other people, other ideas. They help us to understand who we are and where we come from. They also give us ways to appreciate and value things that we don't understand.  

The arts are an intrinsic part of what it means to be human – they're threaded through everything we do and everything we are.

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Stories from our community

Professor Sarah Hibberd, Department of Music Why arts matter

‌Professor Sarah Hibberd shares her views on the value of arts and humanities, opening a window to her research and teaching in the Department of Music.

Gorilla on black backdrop, Rise of the Warrior Ape Rise of the Warrior Apes

Wildscreen and our Centre for Environmental Humanities have teamed up to present a series of screenings, to bring you stories from the natural world. Rise Of The Warrior Apes tells the twenty year story of the largest and most powerful chimpanzee society ever known. 

£5 suggested donation - register online. Thursday 8 March; event starts at 17.30

Brigstow Institute

 The Brigstow Institute researches ways of living as seen through the arts and humanities. A one-day institute showcase was held in 2017. View the film to find out more.

Being an arts student

Joshua Greenidge joined us via the Foundation Year in Arts and Humanities and is now studying Anthropology with Innovation. Read his story.

Arts and humanities have a direct impact on how we create the world around us.

Professor Esther Eidinow, Department of Classics and Ancient History

Study with us

Like what you see? We offer a wide range of programmes from online and foundation programmes to postgraduate degrees by research.

What next?

From working in the creative industries to teaching, law and public service, arts graduates' transferrable skills are sought after by a wide range of employers.

Read Emma's story - With a BA Art History, she's now Conservation and Engagement Manager at the National Trust.

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