Department of Creative Industries, UWE, Bristol

Department of Creative Industries, UWE
Former names
West of England College of Art, School of Creative Arts
Established 1969
Students 800
Address Bower Ashton Campus, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol BS3 2JT, Bristol, United Kingdom
Campus Bower Ashton
Affiliations University of the West of England

Coordinates: 51°26′38″N 2°37′50″W / 51.44377°N 2.63042°W / 51.44377; -2.63042

School of Creative Arts, Bristol

The Department of Creative Industries of the University of the West of England, formerly the Faculty of Art, Media and Design, became part of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE) following the University's reorganisation in 2010/11. Adjacent to the Ashton Court estate, on the edge of the city of Bristol, in Bower Ashton,[1] the West of England College of Art was established in purpose-built premises in 1969, moving from its previous location as the art school of the Royal West of England Academy in Clifton. In 1970 the college became part of Bristol Polytechnic, the precursor of the University.[2]

Currently the campus is undergoing a programme of redevelopment. Phase 1 was completed in 2008 and included a new building (F Block), which is now the main entrance to the campus. The tower block (B block) was also refurbished.[3] Specialist workshops and resource centres are available to students as well as a specialist art library. An art materials shop and stores provide discounted art materials and the UWE Students Union runs a licensed bar and shop. Every year in June the campus houses a Degree Show which is well attended by Bristol residents as well as friends and families of the graduating students.[4]

Journalism and Media Culture and Practice (formerly Media and Cultural Studies) are taught at the St Matthias campus.[5] The Bristol School of Animation and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School are associate schools.[6]

Among its Principals and Deans were the war artist Jack Bridger Chalker, the graphic designer Paul van Der Lem, and Paul Gough RWA, a researcher and art historian,[7] who became the first Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the former faculty in its expanded form of over 2,600 students. Gough recently took up a new post as Deputy Vice-Chancellor. The former School became part of the new Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Humanities, formed during the academic year 2010/11 and Alex Gilkinson has been appointed as the new Executive Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor.[8]


  1. "Bristol School of Art, Media & Design – Art colleges around the world". Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  2. "A brief history of Bristol UWE". Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  3. "Bower Ashton Redevelopment Project". Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  4. "UWE Design Media : Showcase 2008 : Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration and Media Practice". Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  5. "Our Campus". Department of Creative Industries. UWE. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  6. "About Us". School of Creative Arts. UWE. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  7. Gough, Paul (2010). A Terrible Beauty: British Artists in the First World War. Bristol: Sansom and Company. ISBN 978-1-906593-00-1.
  8. "Humanities expert appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor". Bristol UWE. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
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