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Top unis for creative scene: Which? University Student Survey 2018

University is the perfect place to broaden your cultural horizons. So which universities have a creative scene to shout (or even sing) about, according to students?

We surveyed more than 8,000 undergraduates in the Which? University Student Survey 2018 to find out how they rate their university when it came to being arty and creative.

Whether it be an eclectic music scene, local galleries to lose an afternoon in, or societies to perform in on campus, these are the universities that let you express yourself.

Which universities have the best creative scene?

Bath Spa drops out of our creative scene category in 2018, while University of the Arts London remains, having achieved highly rated status last year. 

Even more impressive, Falmouth University, Goldsmiths, University of London, Norwich University of the Arts, and the University for the Creative Arts have all scored a hat-trick, sticking around at the top for the third year in a row.

Arts University Bournemouth joins this year's highly rated universities for creative scene.
 

Arts University Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth - Which? University Student Survey 2018: Creative Scene

'It's very encouraged to get involved in university productions. As almost all courses are creative and arts-based, I would say there's a lot of opportunities to learn new skills.'
Second year student, Arts University Bournemouth | 2014

'It's a full arts university that includes everything from fine art to acting. If you want a creative and inspiring atmosphere, AUB is the place to go.'
Second year student, Arts University Bournemouth | 2014


Learn more about Arts University Bournemouth.

 

Falmouth University

Falmouth University - Which? University Student Survey 2018: Creative Scene

‘Falmouth is so small you get to know everyone and you're surrounded by some of the most creative students in the country – it's pretty cool.’
Second year student, Falmouth University | 2016

‘Falmouth is a place like no other for a creative vibe. Everybody you meet is endlessly inspired and talented; it makes for a great atmosphere. Teaming up with other creatives is a great way to innovate and push boundaries with your work.’
Second year student, Falmouth University | 2014

‘Plenty of exhibitions at the end of each year from all the creative courses. Lots of seminars from visiting artists.’
Second year student, Falmouth University | 2014

‘My course is really exciting as it offers students the opportunity to try out every type of animation. There's even an 'experimental' module where you are given the freedom to have fun with new techniques and encouraged to come up with creative film ideas.’
Second year student, Falmouth University | 2016


Learn more about Falmouth University.

 

Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of  London - Which? University Student Survey 2018: Creative Scene

‘Goldsmiths is a great, creative environment, where they encourage you to be yourself and really explore your creativity. The facilities, on the whole, are great.’
First year student, Goldsmiths, University of London | 2016

‘Surrounded by interesting, arty people’
Second year student, Goldsmiths, University of London | 2016

‘The university is super vibrant in terms of creative talent. There are buildings dedicated to the arts and, although I don't do any of the art subjects, I can always feel the sense of creativity when I walk through the buildings. I love it. People who don't even study the arts subjects, like sociology students, are still just as creative and so open minded. It's a really warming feeling.’
Second year student, Goldsmiths, University of London | 2014


Learn more about Goldsmiths, University of London.

 

Norwich University of the Arts

Norwich University of the Arts - Which? University Student Survey 2018: Creative Scene

‘It’s great that industry professionals visit the university, help us create show reels and take an active interest in our work.’
Second year student, Norwich University of the Arts | 2016

‘[Upsides are] the opportunities given to me to display my work in exhibitions. Spaces within the university and around the city are really brilliant.’
Second year student, Norwich University of the Arts | 2016


Learn more about Norwich University of the Arts.


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    University of the Arts London

    University of the Arts London - Which? University Student Survey 2018: Creative Scene

    ‘The university definitely immerses itself in art. There are always posters and notifications around the school alerting students about new exhibitions, societies and demonstrations happening around London. Since the university is very central to London, things are available within a reasonable distance.’
    First year student, University of the Arts London | 2016

    ‘Students are always encouraged to look at and comment on each other’s work.’
    Second year student, University of the Arts London | 2016

    ‘Buzzing creativity! There is so much creative talent walking around!’
    Second year student, University of the Arts London | 2014


    Learn more about University of the Arts London.

     

    University for the Creative Arts 

    University for the Creative Arts - Which? University Student Survey 2018: Creative Scene

    'The illustration course offers a huge variety of creative processes to learn from and really encourages individual styles and practice. No one in the studio has the same style or approach to their work; we are all able to recognise each other's work.'
    Second year student, University for the Creative Arts | 2016

    'It has an amazing, creative atmosphere. There are lunch meetings based around the arts, trips abroad to draw and study, exhibitions in the university of other students work, and a massive library with creative magazines, journals and books.'
    Second year student, University for the Creative Arts | 2014


    Learn more about University for the Creative Arts  


    Read the full results of the Which? University Student Survey 2018 including who was rated top for nightlife, and more.


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    About the Which? University Student Survey 2018

    We asked students to score their university's facilities for music, theatre, dance, choirs, visual arts – and so on – where art societies, events and facilities open to all students, as part of the annual Which? University Student Survey. Each year, Which? commissions this independent survey of current higher education students in the UK to find out more about their experience of university.

    We surveyed a total of 5,081 students from over 127 institutions this year, merging findings from our 2017 and 2016 surveys to give an overall sample of 10,754 students. The survey sample used to analyse the political scene category was as follows: third years responding to the 2018 survey; second and third years responding to the 2017 survey; and all respondents to the 2016 survey. Our minimum threshold was 30 respondents per university – standard for our surveys that use this linear plotting technique, and is based upon empirical testing of a range of sample sizes we carried out in 2014.

    Statistical differences between groups of universities were identified as follows. For each measure, a mean score on the 1-10 scale was calculated for each university. Analysis of variance was used to establish whether there were any significant differences between the means, and then a linear plotting technique was used to identify significant breaks between the means of groups of universities. The groups with the highest mean scores were reported as 'highly rated'.

    All surveys were conducted by YouthSight on behalf of Which?, in March/April of the respective year.

    Please note, student comments in this feature range from 2014-2018.
     

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