The Arts House

The University Centre Somerset originated as the School of Science and Art and was established in Bath Place in Taunton in 1856 following The Great Exhibition of 1851 which inspired arts education and saw several new art schools open across the country.

The current building was constructed in the 1970s; at the time, it was a ground-breaking design which received many accolades.

In order to keep up with the demands of a cutting edge Art and Design curriculum, we successfully bid to secure funding to help refurbish its iconic Art and Design building.

The £11 million refurbished building provides a home for all of the departments involved in the University Centre Somerset’s cutting-edge training and education in the creative industries, including digital broadcasting for television and radio, music production and a new studio theatre.

University Centre Somerset has a strong reputation when it comes to equipping students for the world of work. Many of our Art and Design alumni have progressed to top jobs in companies such as Fat Face, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Debenhams.