Student Opportunities

We offer a variety of opportunities for students to develop their professional practice through exhibitions, artist talks, live briefs, documentation etc.  We also run a unique Graduate Scholarship Programme for final year students in the School of Arts & MediaOur team are always happy to offer professional advice to students.

Since 2014, our Chancellor and Vice Chancellor portraits have been produced by staff and/or students from the university, further details can be found on our Portraits’ page.


Lizzie King & Craig Tattersall, Studios (2015). Image courtesy of artists. Photograph of swivel chair in foreground and a stool in the centre of the shot in a deserted artist studio.

Lizzie King & Craig Tattersall, Studios,  2015. Image courtesy of artists.

Graduate Scholarship Programme

Our Graduate Scholarship Programme is 12 month bespoke professional development programme open to applicants from all final year students from the School of Arts & Media .

The programme is an opportunity for graduating students to develop their skills and professional experience in the north west of England. The successful graduates receive financial support, mentoring and resources, such as studio space, to experiment and take risks with their creative practice within a supportive framework.

This year we are pleased to welcome six scholars on the Programme: from Visual Arts: Lubna Ali, Claudia Alonso and Elliott Flanagan; from Graphic Design Tara Collette; from Photography Jamal Jameel and from Creative Music Technology Fuchsia Summerfield.

Now in its fourth year the programme is run in collaboration with professional industry partners including ArtWork AtelierCastlefield GalleryHot Bed PressIslington MillParadise WorksRedeye Photography Network and The International 3.


Elliott Flanagan, Where have all the angry young men gone?, detail (2016). Image courtesy of artist. Illustration of a woman holding a wine glass.

Elliott Flanagan, Where have all the angry young men gone?, detail (2016). Image courtesy of artist.


The Council Chamber at The Old Fire Station and the New Adelphi Gallery at the University hosts a number of exhibitions a year of work by staff or students. All current exhibitions and events can be found on our What’s on page.

Still from 'Where the City Can't See'. Courtesy of Liam Young. Photograph shows two figures dancing in a forest.

Liam Young & Tim Maughan, Where the City Can’t See, 2016, still from film. Image courtesy of Liam Young.

Talks and Events

Staff in the Art Collection Team regularly support the work of the School of Arts & Media through providing professional practice lectures or through inviting artist we are working with to give talks. Upcoming events can be viewed on our What’s on page.