The Arts Faculty was rated by a Times Higher Education survey as one of the best 100 institutions in the world for the study of the arts. While we're noted for the strength of our interdisciplinary approaches, our scholars of international standing also teach and research a very wide range of topics and themes in specific subject areas. These include art history; classical studies; creative writing; English; ethics; heritage studies; history; history of science, technology and medicine; music; philosophy; and religious studies.
The Faculty also has validated partnerships
with several important institutions in the UK and other parts of the world.
The head of the Faculty is the Dean, Professor David Rowland
Our curriculum and teaching
We present about sixty undergraduate and postgraduate course modules in a wide range of arts subjects. More than 35,000 students are registered on Arts courses at any one time. Arts students have the highest course completion rates in the University and these students contribute significantly to the University's consistently outstanding student satisfaction ratings.
Research is central to all our departments. Our research centres include the Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies, The International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) and a number of research centres that focus on the work of individual departments.
We have around 200 staff, comprising academics, support staff and full-time research students. In addition, around 1,000 associate lecturers located throughout the UK and continental Europe act as personal tutors for our undergraduate students. If you would like to find out about becoming an associate lecturer, the Teaching with the OU
website tells you what it's like to teach at the Open University and about the duties of our tutors.
Current vacancies in the Faculty are listed under 'jobs
' at the bottom right of this page. If you're interested in applying for an academic post in the Faculty, follow this link to find out more about The Open University's teaching methods