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The Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries at Sunderland work with employers, organisations, communities, businesses, and cultural funders to enhance our curriculum and create opportunities for our students and graduates. In this section you can learn more about our strategic partners who are an important part of our creative community. 

Create Britain

CreateBritain® is a new platform, making it really easy to find and promote everyone and everything in the creative industry. 

We support all creatives, at every step of their journey. From students and those just starting out, to emerging artists, established professionals and the global icons which first inspired us. We are proud to be working with University of Sunderland in bridging the gap between academia and industry; showing employers that graduates have the required specialist skills they need, whilst helping students develop their online identity and stay accessible to their audience. 

Sunderland Culture

Sunderland Culture is a collaboration between the University, council and the city’s key cultures organisations. This partnership brings big-name creatives in contemporary visual arts, glass, ceramics and performance to the city; showcasing exciting local talent. The Twenty Four Seven programme, an ambitious £60m project running to 2024, includes new venues, pop-up galleries and creative workspaces and a city-wide programme of events. Our students gain huge range of exceptional career-enhancing opportunities from venue access, event participation, programme involvement and valuable work experience. 

Arts Council England

The Arts Council Collection is the most widely circulated national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world. Sunderland Culture is one of only three regional galleries and museums to present and curate exhibitions drawn from the Arts Council Collection (ACC) as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme (NPP).

Excitingly, our MA Fine Art students have been given the unique opportunity to deliver a series of takeovers as part of the programme over the next two years. Responding to the themes and works within the Arts Council Collection exhibitions and projects, students will curate and exhibit their own work alongside the exhibitions.