We are an influential, worldfacing,creatively driven institution where professional educators, practitioners and researchers work together to develop and enable excellence.We aim to promote distinctive, critically informed and relevant practice in order to support economic growth and cultural advancement.
One of our strategic aims is to promote the international mobility of both students and staff to raise awareness of cultural diversity, but also to provide an international forum for debate and discussion on a wide range of topical, global themes. We have a wide range of partnerships, both through the Erasmus+ scheme and worldwide.
Over the last 170 years, Leeds College of Art has contributed significantly to the development of art education in Britain, having pioneered new ways to teach and to structure qualifications. Today, Leeds College of Art plays an important role in developing the next generation of creative individuals.
We have forged strong and productive links with partners in education including the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design, Guild HE, the National Arts Learning Network, the University of the Arts London, the West Yorkshire Lifelong Learning Network, Aim Higher, Leeds City Council, Leeds Schools, the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Art, Design and Media, United Kingdom Arts and Design Institutions Association, the University of Leeds, Leeds College of Music and The Sorrell Foundation.
Further relationships exist with specialist subject associations on an individual course level and we work closely with local and regional based creative industries in order to provide work placement and employment opportunities to students.
Art and Design
faculties and departments
Faculty of Art & Performance
Faculty of Communication Design
Faculty of Fashion and Textiles
Faculty of Lens Based Practices
Faculty of Further Education
bachelor level programs
BA (Hons) Animation, BA (Hons) Comic and Concept Art, BA (Hons) Creative Advertising, BA (Hons) Fashion Design, BA (Hons) Fashion Branding with Communication, BA (Hons) Filmmaking, BA (Hons) Fashion Photography, BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Illustration, BA (Hons) Photography, BMus Popular Music Performance, BA (Hons) Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design, BA (Hons) Visual Communication - please see http://www.leeds-art.ac.uk/study/undergraduate-courses/ for further information.
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (1 year), Extended Diploma in Art amd Design (2 years), Access to HE Diploma (Art and Design), Level 2 Diploma in Visual Arts - please see http://www.leeds-art.ac.uk/study/further-education-courses/ for further information.
master level programs
MA Creative Practice
MA Curation Practices
Please see http://www.leeds-art.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-courses/ for further information.
research activity and main areas
Leeds College of Art has been a small, specialist, independent art school since 1846 and continues to provide innovative art and design education for a wide range of people. The current research, teaching and workshop staff are recognised professionals within the fields of the creative arts and media. Not only do they contribute to the College’s particular vibrant creative culture they also engage with the wider national and international visual arts’ context.
The College has invested in arts-related scholarship and research, valuing the impact this can have not only on teaching and learning but also on the wider community beyond academia. It supports staff who are engaged with approaches that are practice-based, object-based or based on narrative inquiry.
The research is organised in four areas:
The clusters aim to champion staff research as a driver in the college’s strategic mission to be ‘an influential, world-facing, creatively driven institution’ and ‘to promote distinctive, critically informed and relevant practice’. They aim to work with cross college agendas (external engagement, exhibitions, e-learning, internationalisation and marketing) to develop the impact of staff research within and beyond the institution. The clusters also aim to facilitate the research framing of ongoing projects such as exhibitions, screenings, talks, live projects and exchanges.
Learn more about research at Leeds College of Art: http://www.leeds-art.ac.uk/research/
doctorate level programs
subject areas for exchange students
We exchange students within all our BA (Hons) programmes - please see http://www.leeds-art.ac.uk/international/visiting-exchange-students/ for further information.
Semester 1: May 1st
Semester 2: November 1st
Semester 1: end September - end January
Semester 2: end January - mid June
cost of living per month (studying and living)