Leeds Arts University is one of only a few specialist arts universities in the UK and the only one in the North of England. Its students enjoy a small, close-knit community in a creative atmosphere where anything feels possible. The university believes this is the best environment in which to grow as an artist or designer.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements are not constant across all courses at Leeds Arts University, and applicants should always check the specific criteria for their chosen course.
  • Many courses will invite applicants to an interview, during which they may be asked to present a portfolio of their work.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Undergraduate Courses

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Course Flexibility

  • The university offers undergraduate, postgraduate and further education programmes, with Honours degrees validated by Leeds Arts University.
  • There are international study opportunities through the Erasmus exchange programme.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Workshops and studios are equipped to industry standards and run by highly skilled staff who contribute significantly to teaching. 
  • Most workshops and studios have a drop-in facility, including on Saturdays, so students can carry on working in their own time.
  • Facilities are highly-rated and include a library.

Disability Services

  • Leeds Arts University has a diverse mix of creative students with a variety of learning styles and differences that enrich both its student population and the learning environment.
  • Learning Development staff are always happy to talk to students about any aspect of their progress and to offer additional support. 
  • Support can include the provision of: small items of specialist equipment, communication support workers for learners with hearing impairment, assistive technology, and also specialist and general study skills support for students with dyslexia-type learning difficulties.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union team works hard to ensure that every student gets the most from their time at the college.
  • The SU organises activities, campaigns, events and fundraising; runs 'NEST', the student magazine; and supports student societies, sports teams and the student representatives. 
  • There are many ways in which students can get involved, have their say, have fun and meet new people. Joining one of the societies is a great way to meet other students, with societies ranging from Life Drawing to the Film Society, Cheese Society or Hula Hooping. Or students can run for election to run the Students’ Union for the forthcoming year, enabling student opinions to be addressed through various forums.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Leeds is one of the UK’s most prosperous and fastest-growing cities, with an employment rate above the national average – which is good news for students looking for part-time work.

Careers Guidance

  • Leeds Arts University works to maximise student's contact with industry and with practising artists and designers, offering opportunities for students to complete live briefs, enter competitions, put on exhibitions, engage with industry, and much more.
  • It will also help students with CV, interview and business skills so that they feel confident to enter the world of work after successfully completing their course.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 98%
  • Postgraduate 2%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 98%
  • Part Time 2%

Where students come from

  • UK 95%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 4%

Student gender

  • Male 26%
  • Female 74%
  • 1856 students.
  • 68.4% female; 31.6% male.
  • 85.5% under 21 years of age; 14.5% mature students.
  • 94.5% from the UK; 5.5% international.


  • Leeds School of Art was formed in 1846 by the merging of the Leeds Mechanics' Institute and the Literary Institute.
  • In the past it has been known by other names, including the Jacob Kramer College from 1968–1993 and, until 2009, the Leeds College of Art and Design.
  • In its 170th year the College gained its own Taught Degree Awarding Powers and in 2017 it became the only specialist arts university in the North of England.

Notable Alumni

  • Henry Moore – sculptor best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures.
  • Barbara Hepworth – artist and sculptor; one of few female artists of her generation to gain prominence.
  • Damien Hirst – most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists.
  • Kenneth Armitage CBE – sculptor and former royal academician.
  • Alison Britton OBE – ceramic artist with an international reputation.
  • Eric Bainbridge – sculptor and Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries at the University of Sunderland.
  • Marcus Harvey – artist and painter, one of the Young British Artists
  • Omar Kashoura – menswear designer.
  • Thomas Houseago – contemporary visual artist who now lives and works in Los Angeles.
  • Clio Barnard – British director of documentary and feature films, winning widespread critical acclaim and multiple awards for her debut, The Arbor.

Further Details

Address Leeds Arts University Blenheim Walk Leeds West Yorkshire LS2 9AQ
UCAS Code L28