As the highest ranked independent art college in the UK (Guardian Education Tables, 2015) and winner of the What Uni Student Choice Award for the UK University with the Best Facilities (2014), students at Leeds College of Art enjoy a small, close-knit community in a creative atmosphere where anything feels possible.
High quality art and design education
Founded in 1846, Leeds College of Art is the only specialist arts institution in Yorkshire and one of the few remaining independent art colleges in the UK. The college has been delivering high quality art and design education for nearly 170 years, and became a higher education institution in 2011 with the undergraduate and postgraduate courses receiving acclaim. Leeds College of Art has a student population of over 2,000 across undergraduate, postgraduate and preparatory further education programmes, with a growing portfolio of exciting short courses for learners of all levels and ages.
Leeds College of Art offers high quality courses which are internationally recognised and attract students from all over the world. International students are warmly welcomed, bringing new ideas, diversity and wider perspectives into the classroom and studio. We aim to help students realise personal ambitions by offering a creative environment, supported by experienced, committed staff and dedicated learning resources. All students are encouraged to express themselves through their work and to develop their own identity and interests, each bringing with them their own distinctive backgrounds and influences, individuality, creativity and flair to share with the vibrant student body.
Students experience an intense and exciting working environment, where tutors feel passionately that every student should discover their individual creative potential. Tutors are often practising artists or designers in their own right, ensuring that subject specialist communities of practice develop which are externally facing. Students are prepared for meaningful careers in the creative industries, with many gaining national and international acclaim through industry awards.