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Fast-track your career in the creative industries with a two-year degree in Liberal Arts.

Why study Liberal Arts (Accelerated)?

Liberal Arts will enable you to shape the future of cultural, heritage and creative industries. The programme will help develop your creative work by exploring key Humanities concepts.

You'll be able to complete work placements as part of the degree, allowing you to build a network of industry contacts. This will give you a support system that can advise you as you progress into your career.

The degree will also equip you with skills that all employers look for. It'll teach you how to develop and communicate ideas, meaning you'll always know how to make your point.

Why St Mary's?

This degree offers you the flexibility to study at a pace the suits you. Liberal Arts at St Mary's can be completed within two years, giving you a headstart as you begin your career. If you would prefer to spread out your studies, a three-year version of the degree is also available.

We pride ourselves on the close-knit community atmosphere of our beautiful London campus. This means that everyone across the university - from lecturers through to support staff - will treat you as an individual.

Lecturers on the degree are leading academics and industry specialists. They will help you to develop skills that all employers look for, preparing you for careers that demand a creative mind.

You will also be immersed in creative culture during degree through a range of field trips. During the degree that are chances to visit institutions such as the Royal National Theatre, the Museum of London and the Imperial War Museum.

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 (Accelerated) 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • From Enlightenment to Romanticism (Summer School)  Core
  • Liberal Arts Capstone Project  Core
  • Rhetoric, Dialogue and the Art of Persuasion  Core
  • Think Tank  Core
  • Working with the Liberal Arts  Core
  • Civil Rights in America, 1945-1993  Optional
  • Collective Memory and the Second World War Optional
  • Creative Non-Fiction Optional
  • Crime and Punishment in London, 1700-1900 Optional
  • Cult Media and Identity  Optional
  • Digital Illustration Optional
  • Disney and Animation  Optional
  • Eighteenth-century London: Writing the Metropolis 1700-1832  Optional
  • Great Southern Land: A History of Australia  Optional
  • Imagining the Ottoman Empire Optional
  • Journalism  Optional
  • Liberating Histories  Optional
  • Liberty or Death: The French Revolution  Optional
  • Magazine Design  Optional
  • Making History Work  Optional
  • Motion Graphics  Optional
  • Multimedia Production  Optional
  • North American Cinema  Optional
  • Paradox of Horror  Optional
  • Screen and Script: The Codes and Structures of Film and Television Narrative Optional
  • Sound Design  Optional
  • Writing Adaptations  Optional
  • Writing Poetry 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: £11,100
  • International: £13,500

* 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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