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Welcome to Birkbeck's School of Arts

Located in the Georgian terrace in Gordon Square where, a century ago, Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Lytton Strachey and other members of the Bloomsbury Group lived and worked, we offer an invigorating educational experience built upon our international reputation for leading-edge research and an exciting range of arts and humanities courses.

Our own facilities at Gordon Square include an award-winning state-of-the-art cinema, a new modern exhibition space for displaying the work of the School and hosting events, and the beautifully restored Keynes Library, hung with paintings by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. We also run collaborative programmes with world-class cultural institutions such as the British Museum and the Globe Theatre which give our students access to the best that London can offer.

From contemporary, practice-based degrees in creative writing and theatre directing and producing to historical studies in Renaissance art and Medieval literature; from professional courses that will equip you for a career in journalism, arts management and the creative industries, to linguistic and cultural courses in Japanese, Latin American, and modern European languages; studying the arts at Birkbeck is stimulating, eclectic and fun.

Whether you are a research student wishing to work with distinguished and dedicated academics as part of one of the largest and most successful graduate schools in the UK, an undergraduate looking for flexible delivery in a lively learning environment, an access student, or a life-long learner, Birkbeck's School of Arts is the place to be.

Professor Hilary Fraser

Executive Dean, School of Arts