About FAST

With a wealth of study options in computing, design, engineering, environmental and geographical sciences, fashion, fine art, journalism, performance, media and culture, the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology (FAST) prides itself in creating a vibrant and stimulating environment for all of its students. The Faculty’s teaching staff are industry practitioners and academics that produce nationally and internationally recognised research, putting them at the cutting edge of their subject specialisms. They encourage students to be experimental and original, whilst providing them with the platforms to develop and enhance their creative and problem-solving skills.  The Faculty is a world leading specialist for the study of wastes management and resource efficiency, lift engineering and non-destructive testing and the conservation of biodiversity and is recognised as an ‘Unreal Academia’, an official training site for the Unreal Engine for computer games development.

The Faculty has a distinctive commitment to an exceptional student experience with high quality of teaching – leading to strong student satisfaction and increased graduate employability. The Faculty’s commitment is supported by access to well equipped, high quality facilities including extensive computing facilities, modern, well-equipped laboratories, performance spaces, a digital imaging laboratory, photographic darkrooms, a music recording studio and practice rooms, printed textiles and printmaking workshops, sculpture workshops, painting studios, 3D fashion and footwear workshops, broadcast radio studio, radio station and a television studio.

Such learning spaces support the principle of ‘learning through doing’ and prepare students for employment within their chosen industries. This is further enhanced by the Faculty’s strong relationships with industry partners, professional bodies, public sector organisations and research bodies.  These links ensure that course material is relevant to and keeps apace with, the needs of employers and society; provides students with placement opportunities overseas and within the UK; and enhances the employability of our graduates. All students study and learn within a supportive, research-active environment known for teaching excellence, and have the opportunity to undertake field trips and placements in the UK and abroad. All courses have internships and paid work placements to enhance the student learning experience, for example to HND and BEng engineering students through the Northants Engineering Training Partnership.

Annual highlights for FAST include professional acting performances at Royal and Derngate, Graduate Fashion Week, and the end of year Graduate Summer Show, where students exhibit their work in a professional setting throughout the campus. Please visit the Degree Show website for further information.  Subject Futures Week takes place each January and allows students to gain insight into how the creative/media industries and professions work, opening up future career possibilities.

Subject Futures Week is also a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with high-profile industry practitioners. Visiting speakers will share their career experiences with our students through inspiring presentations, workshops, performances and master classes.  Recent participants in Subject Futures Week have included broadcasters Alastair Stewart and Mark Lawson, musician Jah Wobble and artist Grayson Perry.