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Top unis for creative scene: Which? University Student Survey 2017

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 2017 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.

Top universities for creative scene

Summary: Things are a little more crowded at the top in our creative scene category this year. University of the Arts London joined last year's highly rated five institutions (Bath Spa University, Falmouth University, Goldsmiths University of London, Norwich University of the Arts, and the University for the Creative Arts):

Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University - Which? University Student Survey 2017: Creative Scene

Major praise:
'This is the best creative writing course in the country.'


Falmouth University

Falmouth University - Which? University Student Survey 2017: Creative Scene

The close-knit campus helps:
'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.'

'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 are encouraged to come up with creative film ideas.'


Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of  London - Which? University Student Survey 2017: Creative Scene

Discover your individuality:
'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.'


Norwich University of the Arts

Norwich University of the Arts - Which? University Student Survey 2017: Creative Scene

See your work on show:
'[Allows] you to explore yourself more as an individual...allowing you to focus more on your specialism within your field.'

'The opportunities given to me to display my work in exhibitions and also spaces within the university and around the city are really brilliant.'

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    University of the Arts, London

    University of the Arts London - Which? University Student Survey 2017: Creative Scene

    Inspiring lectures and perfect location:
    'Visiting practitioners' talks are very useful and interesting to attend where illustrators, designers, animators, film-makers give advice and share their experiences.'

    '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.'

    University for the Creative Arts (NEW FOR 2017)

    University for the Creative Arts - Which? University Student Survey 2017: Creative Scene

    Practise your craft AND pay your way through uni:
    'Full of creative people.'

    'Quite a lot of opportunities to promote and sell your work at student markets.'

    'There is no pressure to work in a certain way. They encourage you to be individual and work in the way which is best for you.'


    About the Which? University Student Survey 2017

    We asked students to score the degree to which they would describe their university as having an inspiring creative scene.

    We merged the findings from surveying students in March/April 2017 with results from our March/April 2016 student survey so we could characterise a greater number of institutions, using a larger combined base of around 8,745 students.

    Where we have answers from at least 30 students, we analyse the results to calculate average scores and to highlight the group of top-performing universities overall.

    Note: Third year students in the 2016 cohort were excluded from this year’s data set as they would have finished their course.

    Read the full results of the Which? University Student Survey 2017

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