Going to university is an exciting time for many people. Going to open days with your family, deciding which course and university you want to go to, and deciding on accommodation; it is all so thrilling!

With in-person open days put on hold due to the pandemic, and many university students being faced with the prospect of completing a large portion of their course over a video call, we are not surprised that some students out there are contemplating putting their applications off a year and taking a year out.

If you are in this position and are considering your options for next year – as well as this academic year coming too – we are here to help! Mainly, if you are not drawn in by the traditional STEM subjects, stay where you are. Detailed below is a helpful guide of practical courses at numerous universities, perfect for those out there with creative minds. Get some inspiration and keep reading for more!

Fine ArtsFine Arts Courses

When we think of doing an arts degree at university, we are picturing lots of painting and visits to local art galleries for most of us. While this will undoubtedly make up a part of the course itself, it is not the be-all and end-all of the degree either. Fine arts degrees comprise much more than this, with the main component being that the courses in question focus on experimental art in the studio.

Several universities across the country allow students to study a fine arts degree at the undergraduate level. What’s more, most universities allow students to present their work in a show at the end of the semester. Those who choose to study a course like this can expect the opportunity to take part in numerous different art mediums, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and film.

This would be a suitable course for those creative minds who are not quite sure precisely which medium they would like to specialise in; courses like this give the opportunity to explore, develop, and find something that takes their preference.

Music DegreeMusic Degrees

This is perfect for those who play multiple musical instruments, or even just the one. With numerous different music degrees available, we are confident that those reading this who are incredibly musically inclined are sure to find something that suits them.

Whether you are searching for a place to study music or to study other associated courses like musical education, there are ample options available in diverse and cultural cities alike. Those who choose to study music at schools like the ICMP Music School and others can expect to learn and hone skills, including physical dexterity, memory and concentration, communication skills, and teamwork; essential if performing or directing as part of an orchestra or wider musical group.

Much like doing a fine arts degree and other creative courses, those who study music will have regular performances that are graded, both as part of a group and individually. Make sure you are regularly practicing!

Film StudiesFilm Studies

A popular choice of an undergraduate degree for many creative people out there, mainly those with interest in films and movies. Those who choose to study a degree in film studies can expect to learn various skills associated with the film industry, which can be applied to multiple situations and projects.

These skills include things like an emphasis on film theory, film history, and film criticism. Students can also expect to formally analyse film and cinema while recognising its artistic qualities and its role within society.

There are several universities in the country providing students with the opportunity to study a practical course like this, with a large amount of them based in London and the south and in cities where a lot of filming is conducted.

Performing ArtsDrama and Performing Arts Degrees

This is a preferential choice for those who have enjoyed studying drama throughout their time in secondary school and as an extracurricular hobby and are considering pursuing this as a career.

Much like the music and fine arts degrees, those who choose to study drama and performing arts at university can expect to have regular graded performances, to give the opportunity to demonstrate the techniques that they have learned and picked up throughout their time in the course.

Most actors throughout time have studied at some sort of drama school or a conservatoire. Not only will this allow you to learn things that you have not yet studied, but it will also give you ample opportunity to network within the industry for future job prospects.

These are but some of the creative courses available for those who are not interested in pursuing STEM subjects. Whether you are choosing to go to university this year or holding off a year and going in 2022, we are confident you will find a course for you and will enjoy it too!