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The School of Arts is a place of intellectual discovery, human exploration and personal development

You will quickly learn that the world in which we live is larger and richer and more compelling than you could ever have imagined.

Engage with your past, present and future

  • The School of Arts is where you can encounter our past: important thinkers, great writers, decisive events, deep traditions.
  • You can engage with the present: the richness of the world's great languages and cultures; a sense of where we are on a global scale in the present moment.
  • You can prepare for the future: bringing a deepened perspective and important skills in critical thinking, analysis and insight that can change the world.

All of this helps you to understand what it means to be human. Studying the Arts will enrich your life.

Our programmes

For those who teach in the School, Arts subjects bring us alive. We want to share with you our passion for whatever subject you choose to pursue. Our programmes include:

The Value of Your BA

If you're a BA student you want to know that your BA will get you a job and earn you an income.  This presentation from Tim Cooper, Head of the School of Arts, explains how the skills you gain from your BA will enrich not just your bank account but also your life, and enhance the world around you.

Watch Tim's presentation about the value of your BA

Postgraduate research

Students who undertake postgraduate study with us join a vibrant community of postgraduate students as well as an established tradition of postgraduate research.

Postgraduate research in our programmes

Contacting your student representatives

The School of Arts has committees comprising academic, administrative and student representatives. Student representatives play a vital role in representing the interests of all students in the School of Arts. Therefore, it is essential they hear from a wide range of students.

If you have anything you are concerned or curious about, we encourage you to reach out to a student representative so they can make wise and informed decisions during their engagement on the School of Arts committees. Your representatives are:

You can also make contact with the OUSA Education Officer at:

Whatever path you take, this is all about discovering the love of learning.

So welcome to the School of Arts.

Professor Tim Cooper
Head of School

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