Manchester School of Art offers an extensive range of spaces, workshops and equipment, creating a vibrant and creative learning environment. In addition to our state of the art facilities, we also embrace the traditional, allowing our students to realise even their most ambitious artistic visions.
The Benzie Building combined with our other spaces provides an ambitious inter-connected art & design complex, featuring an impressive array of digital and technical workshops, gallery spaces, numerous studios, a café area and a communal roof terrace.
An extensive range of specialist workshops allows students to work with many different material types and processes. There are resources for furniture and architectural model making, jewellery design, creating ceramics, glass and fine art pieces and conceptual designs, fine art and fabric printing, fashion garment and textiles design, canvas preparation, bookbinding, photography, traditional and digital printing.
The School of Art has its own stores where students can purchase items such as paper, pens, paint, sketchbooks, computer storage media, fabrics, threads and workshop materials, at cost price. They can also borrow cameras, camcorders, lighting and other specialist equipment from our AV store.
PCs and Apple Macs are available throughout the School of Art, located within the studio and teaching spaces, providing specialist software for print and web design, video and image editing and computer-aided design. Students also have access to online learning, resources, digital print facilities and WiFi.
Manchester Metropolitan University’s Library houses over one million books and journals, plus Special Collections that have museum status. Students have access to the specialist image and video collections at the Visual Resources Centre.