Creativity is inherent in the Sciences and the greatest scientific minds in history have found inspiration and pleasure in the Arts.

We encourage students to express themselves through the visual arts, music, writing, and theatre. Our Belgrade Drama Programme forms an important part of students creative education, but we also offer students other opportunities to express their creativity:

Music

Music is a popular pastime at our College. We have a Steinway grand piano in our reception area for both students and staff to play at their leisure. There are also guitars in the common room, for students to use in their free time.

Our College Choir is an integral part of our Enrichment Programme, with rehearsals taking place every week culminating in performances each term. There is also an accompanying College band, comprised of students and staff, which is new for this academic year.

We also offer individual music tuition for a range of instruments and abilities, ranging from beginner to concert level, for which we can arrange piano maestro tuition from CBSO Youth Orchestra. Individual music tuition is not included in your fees and must be paid for separately.

Visual Arts

Students are encouraged to visit the selection of world-class art galleries available locally, these include:

The Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Cinema

Once a month, there’s a cinema night held at the Residence, where we screen films as recommended by both students and staff. All students are welcome to attend these evenings, but you must bring your own popcorn!

Theatre & Dance

There’s a fantastic variety of theatre and dance companies close to the College and we encourage students to attend as many performances as they can, as we feel this all helps with immersing them in British culture. A few we regularly recommend are:

Warwick Arts Centre

Belgrade Theatre

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Creative Writing

As part of their English tuition students’ work is entered into national writing competitions such as Young Writers, with many of our students gaining publication of their work in the Young Writers Poetry Anthologies.

At NatMatSci English language learning is not just limited to the classroom. This year students formed the Journalism Society (JournoSoc) which publishes student magazine Ο€nation once per term. The content is entirely driven by the students, who write, edit and create the magazine, supported by staff who provide English language support.

Literature

We expect students to read extensively around their chosen academic subjects, but equally, we encourage students to engage with both modern and classic English literature too. The College library offers a hand-picked selection of novels which would appeal to our students, along with popular science books, academic textbooks, and a selection of appropriate magazines, such as

New for this term is the LitSoc (Literature Society), run by the English department. The group studies classic English literature considering topics such as literary contexts, characterisation, plot as well as language and dialogue.