Welcome from the Dean of the School of Creative Arts

Dr Mairi Watson

Phil Healy

As Interim Dean of the School of Creative Arts, I want you to love your time here. I want you to be free to explore, experiment and create amazing work in an inspirational, exciting, supportive, friendly and ambitious art school environment, then to go to glittering careers and achieve your dreams.

We’re on the creative edge of one of the world’s great capital cities, our location gives you wonderful opportunities. London’s thriving galleries, venues, cinemas and creative industries are on our doorstep, combined with the surrounding Hertfordshire countryside, giving you space to breathe. You really get the best of both worlds!

Our School has a real creative buzz. It’s full of energy, ideas and experimentation. We have amazing facilities, studios, workshops, computer labs, film and TV studios, recording studios, 3D printing, ceramics, printmaking, photographic studios, colour and black and white dark rooms, for you to use and explore.

At the heart of the School we have a stunning gallery. The art on our walls is constantly changing – the University has an impressive art collection and a lively gallery programme showing work by leading contemporary artists as well as exciting exhibitions by students and staff. Students win international awards (including an Oscar last year) and there is a packed programme of social events, exhibitions, openings and performances on campus and in central London, as well as star guest lectures film screenings, music performances and degree shows,

I’m really proud to lead such an exciting and engaged academic community. I’ve taught at a range of creative institutions and I’m also an award-winning graphic designer and best-selling author. I am always impressed at the energy, ambition, innovation and friendliness of the staff and students here.

We have fantastic academic and technical staff, who provide expert teaching informed by research and professional practice. Many have international reputations as artists, designers, film makers, musicians, animators, architects and writers. They also continue to work in the creative industries to ensure that our teaching prepares you for work at the cutting edge of art, design, film, TV and music.

At Herts, we are committed to ‘transforming lives’ and my aim is to give you the opportunity to develop your own voice, make friends for life and create new exciting work, before going onto to a rewarding career. We can offer placements and the chance to work on live projects and competitive briefs for clients that will build your confidence and give you real working knowledge and experience. 96% of our students go on to work or further study within six months of leaving.

You’ll have the opportunity to go on to work in the creative industries, in the UK and around the World, whether it’s in architecture, fashion, fine art, graphics, film, animation (most of the top animation companies have Herts graduates working for them), illustration, model design, photography, digital media, product design or the music industry. The creative industries are a huge growth area and one of the fastest expanding sectors and you can be part of it!