Business / community

Brighton is one of Europe's most vibrant and creative cities, offering inspiration from the bustling cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city, sea, and South Downs. In 2009 a Department of Culture Media and Sport survey ranked Brighton & Hove as the most cultured UK city outside London. The largest arts and culture festival in England, the Brighton Festival, is an annual highlight each May.

Business links

Brighton has a history of creative traditions that are intrinsically linked with the faculty. Grand Parade, one of the faculty's key sites, is an essential part of Brighton's cultural quarter that includes Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Jubilee Library and the Royal Pavilion. Our theatre and gallery make Grand Parade a leading centre for the visual and performing arts in the city.

Students have access to these inspirational resources alongside numerous art galleries, independent shops and creative new media organisations such as arts agency Lighthouse, and leading live-art venue The Basement.

Working with the community

The faculty's links with the community contribute to the depth and breadth of students' experience. For example, students' work with artists with learning disabilities from the Access to Art programme. We were partners in the launch of the international celebration of photographic practice Brighton Photo Biennial in 2006 and the Brighton Film Festival Cinecity in 2003, both based with us still.

We are committed to supporting social and economic engagement in the region. Our influence is demonstrated by the robust relationships we have with Brighton and Hove City Council and key organisations such as the Arts Commission, and networks such as Creative Brighton, South Coast Design Forum, and Wired Sussex. We also have strong relationships with leading local creative institutions including photography hub Photoworks, leading South East arts agency Lighthouse, the South East Dance agency and community publishers QueenSpark.

Through short courses in languages and writing we seek whenever possible to offer the skills of the College of Arts and Humanities staff to a wider community audience through a range of workshops and classes.


  • 24 hour experimental Arena film

    As part of this year’s CineCity festival, the university


  • Futurecoast Youth creative collaboration

    Project to engage local school students in Changing Climate issues<


  • Digital Catapult

    Gillian Youngs,


  • Students working on Hove Plinth

    MA Digital Media students are working on designs for the empty


  • Brighton based urban studies research

    Architecture and Urban Design students have been researching the use of


  • First class award for Waste House

    Architect and lecturer Duncan Baker-Brown collects the People Environment & Achievement


  • Creative Citizens' Variety Pack

    Dr Olu Jenzen has written a case study for a new


  • Enterprising graduates engage local children in digital design

    Megan Leckie and Joe Palmer's successful BlockBuilders programme