Discover the artist in you through professional practice, experimenting with different media and taking part in exhibitions. At Reading you will benefit from a combination of art practice, contemporary theory and history.
Explore painting, sculpture (such as welding and casting) and printmaking, examine the exciting potential of new technologies and produce some new and emerging art forms at Reading School of Art.
Reading School of Art is partnered with the Tate Exchange and specialises in contemporary art that draws upon historical examples. Our teaching staff are artists, curators and researchers of international standing who are actively involved in the art world. 100% of our research impact has been classed as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised (Research Excellence Framework 2014 – Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory: A – Art). Debate and constructive criticism are actively encouraged and you will openly discuss your work with peers and teaching staff. We are a highly ranked Top 10 University for Art and Design – 3rd in the UK in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 and 6th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2022.
You will receive your own dedicated studio space, accessible 24 hours a day and seven days a week. These spaces are a creative, lively and stimulating environment in which to practise, with all years sharing the same area. There is a high level of activity in the studios, with regular events, screenings, performances and exhibitions. A student-run gallery and experimental project spaces are also available.
Regular field trips to national and international museums, art institutions and galleries allow you to consider the diverse conditions in which art is displayed and received. There are also many opportunities for you to apply to study abroad: Reading School of Art has links with universities in countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, France, Switzerland and Finland.
Our range of single honours and joint courses will equip you with the knowledge, intellectual ability and the practice-led skills you will need to make an imaginative and effective contribution to the art world. 97% of leavers are in work and/or study 15 months after the end of their course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19; First Degree responders from Art).
Follow in the footsteps of some of our alumni and become Turner Prize-nominated artists or world-leading curators.