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Art and Design Facilities

Art and Design Facilities

At BNU students have access to a range of collaborative and creative spaces. The High Wycombe campus offers industry-standard equipment and technology for you to bring your ideas to life, including a computer lab, a photography studio, and a working fashion and textile studio.

3D Workshops

Our brand-new 3D workshops let you explore a range of materials using modern and traditional techniques.

From wood, ceramics, and metal to our FabLab where you can explore 3D printing, CAD/CAM and model making, painting, and finishing.

Computer Suites

Across the campus we have computer suites which are used for teaching, as well as drop-in spaces which allow you flexible access to resources. You’ll benefit from the full Adobe Creative Cloud and the Microsoft Suite. Our 2D and 3D CAD is supported by industry standard software for solid and surface modelling, digital manufacture, rendering and visualisation.

Two students (one female one male) using product design workshop
Students at computer

Photography studios

At BNU we offer state-of-the-art photography facilities where you’ll have access to industry-standard lighting studios, wet darkroom, professional scanning suite and print bureau at our High Wycombe campus. As well as this you’ll benefit from your own mac suites, which host the full Adobe Creative Cloud, and professional printing area.

On quiet days you’ll find yourself spending time in the courses very own break out and teaching area, a light and open space to help you focus and let creativity flow.

You’ll also have access to a range of cameras and equipment (analogue and digital) available for loan to support their practice, including:

  • Nikon and Canon lenses
  • 5x4 Linhoff, Horseman and Cambo cameras
  • medium format Bronica, Fuji, Mamiya film cameras
  • medium format Pentax and Hasselblad digital cameras
  • Godox, Neewer, Mecablitz and Canon camera top flash


Fashion and Textile Studios

Primarily home to Fashion Design, Costume Design and Making, Fashion Promotion and Communication and Textile Design. Based over two floors, each student is allocated their own dedicated workspace, alongside teaching areas.

The Fashion and Textile Studio contains:

  • an in-house fabric and yarn store
  • screen printing facilities
  • a dye laboratory
  • knitting machines – including domestic machines, hand flat industrial Dubied’s and state-of-the-art computerised Stoll.
  • sewing and garment production facilities
  • Mac Suit with scanners up to A0
  • a laser cutter
  • Mimaki digital and heat-transfer printing for fabric
  • heat presses
  • surface stitch machines including a tufting machine and a Cornelli
  • traditional etching
  • mono-print
  • Wood block and letter press printing.
What I loved the most about my time at BNU was the freedom and accessibility of the Red Shed Workshop, being able to be in Uni working all day everyday was something I wasn’t expecting to be able to do. Being able to get on with my work without having to wait for facilities, machines, or help was something that really helped me to excel in my course.
Annabel Woodland
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Visual Communication and Design Studio

Set up like a working agency our Creative Advertising, Graphic Design and Illustration degree’s sit under one roof, meaning before you’ve even graduated you’ll have made a network with; designers, Illustrators, copywriters, art workers, creatives and even strategists.

Our fancy new studios feature everything you’ll need to bring ideas to life, from rows of macs and the adobe creative suite, to chalk board walls for you to scribble and scamp on. You’ll also find breakout rooms where you’ll be able to work on group projects and bounce ideas.