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Whether you aspire to run theatres, curate exhibitions or create films, start your career in the creative, and cultural industries with a degree in Liberal Arts.

Why study Liberal Arts?

You will explore the key concepts and arguments framing the broad study of the Humanities, using this knowledge to inform and stimulate your own creative work. Alongside learning how to share ideas effectively through written, digital and oral presentation you'll also explore the media through which narrative can be effectively communicated. 

Drawing on modules from a range of connected associate disciplines the degree will help you discover creative methods of engagement and leadership that will help you to shape the future of cultural, heritage and creative industries.

There are also opportunities for you to complete industry work placements. The programme aims to help you build a network of contacts that can offer support as you progress into your career.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s is a small and beautiful campus university in London, with an open and friendly environment.

You will be taught by leading academics and industry specialists. They will help you to prepare for a wide variety of careers that demand creative, analytical and flexible thinking. They will look to support you as an individual and work hard to help you develop the skills that employers look for.

There will also be opportunities to attend field trips to cultural institutions, such as the Royal National Theatre, Museum of London and the Imperial War Museum.

You can study this degree at a pace that suits you:

The two-year pathway enables you to progress more quickly into the workplace.

Key facts

  • The programme can be taken as a traditional three-year degree or as an accelerated two-year programme with two summer school intensives
  • The degree offers opportunity for industry-led work placement combined with field trips to various cultural institutions
  • Many opportunities to engage in public presentation and creative projects through media outputs, film, podcast and/or performance
Please note: Liberal Arts is subject to validation.

Entry requirements

96-112 UCAS points required


A Levels


BTEC Extended

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Additional requirement information

80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A Level (or equivalent).

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email

To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent). (or equivalent).

Course content

The modules examine the historical and contemporary relevance of the arts and humanities and provide opportunities for engaged learning with partners outside the university.

On successful completion of the programme, you will be able to show that you have undertaken active and critical participation in the learning process and that you are equipped for further study, research and continuing professional development.

You will demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the public role of the arts and humanities, drawing upon research at the forefront of arts and humanities disciplines.

You will show an ability to cross traditional subject boundaries, comparing and contrasting the limitations and virtues of different disciplinary approaches, and draw productive links between them.

You will also exercise judgement, personal initiative and problem-solving skills in the formulation of cogent research questions and projects.

Year one

  • Reason, Evidence, Argument Core
  • Rethinking Modernity Core
  • Venue and Value Core
  • Art and Power  Optional
  • British Film and TV  Optional
  • Design and Visual Narratives  Optional
  • Digital Cultures  Optional
  • Digital Production  Optional
  • Doing History  Optional
  • Film, Style and Form Optional
  • Harry Potter and the...  Optional
  • Histories of Transatlantic Slavery  Optional
  • Media History Optional
  • Revolutions and Rebellions  Optional
  • The Mediterranean World  Optional
  • War and Society  Optional
  • Writing Short Fiction Optional

Year two

  • Think Tank Core
  • Working with the Liberal Arts Core
  • In and Out of the Gothic: Texts and Contexts Core Option
  • Philosophy of Science and Technology (Summer School) Core Option
  • Popular Culture and the Arts and Humanities (Summer School) Core Option
  • Renaissance London (Summer School) Core Option
  • Crime and Punishment in London, 1700-1900  Optional
  • Cult Media and Identity  Optional
  • Digital Illustration  Optional
  • Eighteenth-century London: Writing the Metropolis 1700-1832 Optional
  • Entrepreneurship and Professionalism  Optional
  • Great Southern Land: A History of Australia  Optional
  • History City Case Study  Optional
  • Journalism  Optional
  • Liberty or Death: The French Revolution  Optional
  • Magazine Design  Optional
  • Making History Work  Optional
  • Multimedia Production  Optional
  • North American Cinema  Optional
  • Popular Culture, Aesthetics and History Optional
  • Screenwriting One  Optional
  • Writing Adaptations  Optional

Year three

  • From Enlightenment to Romanticism (Summer School) Core
  • Liberal Arts Capstone Project Core
  • Rhetoric, Dialogue and the Art of Persuasion Core
  • 20th Century Literature  Optional
  • Advanced Digital Imaging  Optional
  • Civil Rights in America, 1945-1993  Optional
  • Collective Memory and the Second World War  Optional
  • Disney and Animation  Optional
  • Dissertation  Optional
  • Extended Essay  Optional
  • History Dissertation  Optional
  • Imagining the Ottoman Empire  Optional
  • Independent Study  Optional
  • Industry Placement  Optional
  • Liberating Histories  Optional
  • Paradox of Horror  Optional
  • Portfolio  Optional
  • Screenwriting Two Optional
  • Sound Design  Optional
  • The Beatles and the Counter Culture  Optional

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

Working with the Liberal Arts combines a work placement with field trips to various cultural institutions.

Whilst on placement students will carry out a project designed to enhance their understandings of the organisational culture of the institutions concerned developing the requisite graduate attributes to help them support their future careers.

As a Liberal Arts graduate you will gain valuable skills which are desirable by employers across many sectors. Graduates may go on to pursue a career in Journalism, Publishing, Marketing, PR or Arts-related fields. This degree gives you a strong foundation to begin a career in a field that you are passionate about. 

The Careers Service will deliver bespoke content each semester into core curriculum modules to enhance knowledge gained in industry talks.

We work closely with London theatres, concert halls, museums, heritage sites, publishing houses, media agencies, galleries and archivesin order to create a strong portfolio of work placement opportunities from across the sector(s).

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

Most modules will share the common 4 hour per week structure of Humanities programmes. 3 hour: Seminar/ group tutorial, 1 hour: Lecture.

However, the applied nature of the programme means that much of the work is supported by field trips and consultancy with key industry figures/ mentors.

The capstone project is assessed in a variety of different ways from traditional dissertation to website design, podcast, short film – the media most appropriate to showcase the learning aims defined at the project’s inception.

Students will be allocated a personal tutor, but in line with the focus on collective problem solving embedded through the course content each cohort will also meet as a group on a weekly basis.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

There are a large range of assessment strategies available to the students who will be expected not just to develop their skills as academic writers through formal essay, but as charismatic communicators through public presentation, group problem solvers through project work and creative artists through media outputs, film, podcast and/or performance.

All forms of assessment will be designed to enable lecturers to meet the three week turnaround requirement for feedback.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

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Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.


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Further information

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