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Hone your skills

Develop and refine your skills, exchange experiences with others, and develop as an artist in our transformable studio spaces.

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the studios will be the focal point of your activities for the duration of your course, providing you with a space in which to work, create, exhibit and perform.

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Three distinct spaces

We have three distinctly different workshop spaces: a fabrication, digital, and audio visual workshop.

 

Gain access to a wide range of equipment to create and curate your work in fields such as digital photography, film, ceramics, metalwork, printmaking, painting, sculpture, welding and woodwork. Our equipment includes: 

  • 3D printing technology
  • green screen technology
  • a dark room for photography
  • sound recording technology
  • digital tools for film and video editing
  • a kiln.
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Coming soon: our new School of Art building  

The School of Art will be moving into a new building from September 2023 meaning you’ll be our first cohort of first years to experience the new space and facilities.  The space includes a 3D workshop area where students can use plaster, clay and other sculptural materials and a 2D workshop area with print-making facilities where students can screen print and relief print. The department are also looking at spaces for 3D Printing, CNC and laser cutting access, dark room for photography, a spray booth, wood workshop, and metal workshop. 

The building is central to our Whiteknights campus making it easy to visit student services, the Library, the major food outlets, and our Film and Theatre space in Minghella studios. Work has already started, and you can watch developments over the coming months on our Instagram page.

Fabrication workshop

Students taking part in a fabrication workshop
Use a range of tools and machines designed for 3D work in wood, metal, ceramics, textiles, and glass. For 2D work: screen printing, a photographic darkroom, etching, and letter press.

Digital workshop

Students sitting at computers, taking part in a digital workshop
Create in our computer suite, equipped with the latest software for image, video and sound editing and complemented by our dedicated video editing suite and sound recording booth.

Audio visual workshop

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Shoot your own videos and photos in our audiovisual (AV) studio, complete with green screen, lighting and camera equipment. We also have a dedicated animation studio for creating stop-frame animations.

FAB lab

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Experiment with laser cutting, 3D printing and 360 degree cameras as part of our FAB lab studios, home of the ArtLab research project.
The facilities and studio space available have allowed me to explore a range of different media, such as film, photography and painting. Learning this diverse range of skills has certainly enhanced my own art practice.
Ellie de Wild, BA Art and History of Art

Creative and stimulating

Our studios are creative, lively and stimulating learning environments, shared by students from all our degree courses, encouraging you to exchange thoughts and ideas.
 
Regular events, screenings, performances and exhibitions take place in our highly active studios. We also organise mixed year-group critiques of exhibitions to encourage a range of views and experience. Experimental project spaces are also available for you to explore. 
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Flexible and ambitious

Work at your own pace in our flexible studios spaces, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
 
Large, versatile and bright airy spaces, they provide the perfect backdrop for your work whether it's painting, sculpture, digital or performance art.
24-hour access to the art studios has allowed me to really invest in my painting; I can work to timescales that suit me and in an environment that is inspiring and encouraging.
Thomas van Der Meulen, BA Art

Other University facilities

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You’ll have access to the University Library, our museums and our range of special collections including the work of Aubrey Beardsley.

Come to an Open Day

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Why not take a guided tour of our studios at our next University of Reading Open Day?