Leeds Arts University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Fine Art

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Course summary

This inspiring degree course immerses you in a diverse community of creatives. You are encouraged to explore your individual interests, challenge and cultivate your talent, and learn about the business of becoming an exceptional artist in the contemporary world. This engaging, broad-based fine art course is housed within specialist studio communities, led by experienced teams of practising artists. You will employ a range of strategies to support the development of your creative studio practice with an emphasis on craft, skill, and critical thought. On joining the course, you will embark on orientation, induction, and familiarisation that draws on our established tradition of art education. You will then work in one of the specialist communities with regular critiques, seminars, and award-winning material workshops involving students’ input from different levels of the course. Like our many famous artist alumni, you will have the freedom to produce work that spans a diverse range of media and embrace appropriate forms of resolution. This could include painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation, performance, screenings, text, or sound works. We take cultural visits to galleries and exhibitions, including nearby Leeds Art Gallery, the Henry Moore Institute, the award-winning Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield. Educational visits and trips can take a variety of formats such as physical and virtual experiences. You will seek opportunities to publicly exhibit your work and gain valuable experience and practical skills. This will help prepare you for a rewarding career in this exciting discipline.

Course details


Year One – After a short settling-in period, the course focusses on drawing skills - an approach for which the University is renowned. Following induction and familiarisation, you will get to know our expert staff, the University, and your peers before joining one of the specialist studio communities. You will work in exceptional facilities and shared community studios where you can make the space your own. Year Two – You’ll develop your work within your studio community, where tutorials and critiques will extend your practice. You will enhance your professionalism by implementing artists’ strategies and exhibition practice. As one of the UK’s only independent arts universities in the heart of a culturally vibrant city, we have links with artist-led spaces (many run by alumni) and prestigious arts foundations and awards. Year Three – Consolidate your informed and positioned practice by working within your studio community. You will undertake further tutorials and critiques to mentor you through your final year. You will position yourself as an emerging professional artist, attend networks, private views and deliver commissions. The course concludes with an agreed project in the form of a public facing exhibition and an extensive research project. Employability in a global context is central to this course.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our undergraduate minimum requirements are: - 112 UCAS points from any combination of A Levels/T Level/Extended Diploma/Foundation Diploma. One qualification should be in a relevant subject; or - BBC from three A Levels; or - A minimum of one Distinction and two Merits (DMM) from an Extended Diploma or a Merit from a UAL Extended Diploma or T Level in a relevant subject; or - 112 UCAS points from a recognised Access to Higher Education course specialising in art and design with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3; or - An international equivalent to 112 UCAS points in a subject related to your proposed course of study. Please see our Information by Country pages for more information. All home applicants aged under 21 must have GCSE English at Grade 4/Grade C or above, or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. International applicants must have a minimum IELTS overall score of 5.5, with no individual component below 5.5 (or recognised equivalent). Examples of work For all BA (Hons) degree courses (with the exception of BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance) you will need: - To set up your portal - You will then be asked to submit a maximum of six examples of work from your portfolio for consideration. The files should be no larger than 30MB in total and it is essential that no more than six examples of work are uploaded. English You’ll need to have passed GCSE English Language or English Literature at grade C/grade 4 or above, or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. For mature students, an Access to Higher Education qualification in art and design will also be acceptable to demonstrate English language ability. For mature students who are unable to provide formal evidence of an appropriate standard of English, the University may request completion of its own English proficiency test. Foundation Diploma If you’re studying an accredited Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, you’ll need a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points. This is collated from the Foundation Diploma plus your A level or Extended Diploma results. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 or above in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above), or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. Extended Diploma You’ll need a minimum of 1 Distinction and 2 Merits (DMM) from an Extended Diploma in a relevant subject or an overall Merit from a UAL Extended Diploma. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above), or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. A-levels You’ll need 112 tariff points from your A level studies, typical grades required are BBC. One qualification should be in an art and design or related subject. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above), or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. Access to Higher Education You’ll need to have passed a recognised Access to Higher Education course specialising in art and design with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3. A combination of pass, merit and distinction to total 112 tariff points. Scottish Higher Leeds Arts University welcomes applicants with the BTEC/Scottish Higher National Certificate (HNC). Please contact the university to confirm the specific entry requirements for your chosen course.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16000 Year 1
EU £16000 Year 1

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