Welcome from the Dean

Phil Healey, Dean of the School of Creative Arts

Phil HealyAs Dean of the School of Creative Arts my focus is on delivering a fantastic creative education – I want to support creativity in all its forms and to help you achieve your dreams.

Studying the creative arts here gives you wonderful opportunities, starting with our location. We’re on the creative edge of one of the world’s great capital cities and have strong links to London’s many creative industries, animation companies and design studios.

That creative buzz is matched by the School, which is full of energy and ideas and a real ‘can do’ attitude. The art on our walls is constantly changing – the University has an impressive art collection and a lively gallery programme showing work by visiting artists as well as staff and students. When you combine all this with the surrounding Hertfordshire countryside, giving you space to breathe and be inspired, you really get the best of both worlds!

I think it’s important that your lecturers are also practitioners – here you’ll be taught by practising artists, designers, writers and film-makers. This keeps our courses industry-relevant and is vital for preparing you for work in the creative industries.

As Dean, I’m now part of an academic community, and taught at a range of institutions before coming to Herts. But I’m also an award-winning graphic designer and best-selling author, ran my own graphic design company, and worked with many publishers as well as for the BBC and Channel 4.

We talk about ‘transforming lives’ here at Herts and my aim is to give you every opportunity to explore and enjoy what you are doing, to make your experience here rewarding.

You’ll go on placements that will build your confidence and you’ll also have the chance to work on live projects and competitive briefs for clients, giving you real working knowledge and experience. From here you’ll go on to work in fashion, illustration, film – most of the top animation companies have Herts graduates working for them. The creative industries are a huge growth area and one of the fastest expanding sectors in the UK, particularly in digital. You’ll be part of it!