Creative Art and Design

On this page, you will find some recommendations on what to watch, read, listen and do to engage with your subject. As well as feeding your intellectual curiosity, these links may provide useful material for your UCAS statement. Once you have engaged with the links, make sure that you practise putting your thoughts into words with the writing activity at the end.


Making Magic: Inspiring Children with Art

William Morris: Useful Beauty in the Home

Music as a Language: Victor Wooten

How Theatre Education Can Save the World: Rachel Harry


Art Makes you Smart by Brian Kisida, Jap P. Greene and Daniel H. Bowen

How to Make your Art Exciting: Creative use of Media for Painting Students

What can you do with an art degree?

The Impact of Listening to Music on Cognitive Performance

Female in Focus: An award for women photographers

AccessEd Reading List


The Oatley Academy ArtCast

Lean into Art

The Collective Podcast

3 Point Perspective: The Illustration Podcast

Creative Pep Talk


  • Visit an art gallery. It doesn’t have to be a big one in the city – search for local art exhibitions and look at work by local artists.
  • Join a local theatre group or company. You don’t have to act – theatre groups are always looking for people to help in production and with creating and designing props and costumes, as well as being part of the orchestra.
  • Get snapping! If you’re looking to go into photography or film, invest in a entry level DSLR camera and start taking photos. Build your portfolio slowly. Figure out what you enjoy taking snaps of. Start a blog or Instagram account specifically for sharing your portfolio pictures.


  1. To apply to university, you need to demonstrate that you are well informed about the subject and have a strong interest in studying it at greater depth. To get started, practice writing about your subject interests by composing short responses to the following questions:
  • What have you watched, read or listened to that has inspired you?
  • Why was it interesting?
  • What new issues did you learn about?
  • What do you want to find out next?
  • What excites you about the subject?
  • Why do you think studying the subject is important?