This degree combines studio practice with contemporary philosophy and cultural theory, preparing you to be a critically aware artist graduate.
Supported by artist-lecturers and visiting practitioners, you'll work across different media to develop your body of work. At the same time, you'll explore the relationship between art and society, examine theories of the image, the gaze and culture and examine questions of gender, sexuality and cultural difference.
Placing art in its cultural context, you'll have the opportunity to study related fields such as music, literature, cultural history, philosophy and film. You'll work with artists and theorists across the School on current issues like ecology, cities, place, power and conflict. All of this will inform your practice, giving you the space to develop your creativity while responding to a variety of topics.
The University has a variety of resources to support your learning and practice. In the summer of 2016, the School moved to a new location on the University campus, providing a fully redesigned and refurbished learning environment. You'll work in professionally laid-out, well lit studios with 24 hour access and will benefit from versatile exhibition spaces and social areas.
Resources include dedicated Mac and PC computer suites for video editing, animation and image manipulation, printmaking workshops for etching, relief and screen printing, and a photography darkroom for film developing and printing. A woodworking and casting area are also housed within the School, with additional facilities for digital and 3D printing available at the University.
The University has a variety of resources to support your learning and research. There is a wide range of museum collections and galleries on campus such as the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery and the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery. We work closely with many different museums, archives, and cultural organisations in the region. Project Space, a new multi-purpose space designed for the development of curatorial practice and visiting exhibitions, sits at the core of the School's new building.
From the start of the programme, you are encouraged to find your own direction as an artist. You'll have the chance to work across all fine art media with on-site facilities for digital media, painting, photography, printmaking and 3D processes, and you'll be encouraged to find your own direction as an artist.
Half of the programme is devoted to studio work, giving you the time and space to develop your ideas. You'll take field trips to exhibitions, galleries or fine art fairs and combine lectures with group seminar sessions to discuss contemporary art practice, which you can use to inform your own creative work.
Supporting your studio practice are theoretical modules that will introduce you to the theories and methods of cultural analysis and the relationships between culture, media and society. You'll also choose from optional modules that allow you to focus on specific art and cultural topics in depth, from cinema to utopian thinking and the contemporary art market.
Year 3 balances studio work with researching and writing a dissertation - an independent piece of research on a topic of your choice, which can either complement your studio practice or focus on a topic arising from your theoretical study. You can choose to take a smaller dissertation and select one further optional module on an aspect of cultural theory.
Towards the end of the year you'll display your studio work in a final exhibition, applying your artistic and professional skills to interact with external agencies, the media and sponsors.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB not including General Studies or Critical Thinking.
This course offers you a unique combination of artistic, intellectual and professional skills. As a result, you'll be well equipped for a variety of careers.
You'll have the skills to work as a professional artist, designer or craftsperson, but the theoretical elements of the course will also allow you to develop critical, analytical, communication, presentation and research skills to work in multimedia and the creative industries, publishing, journalism, PR, film and television.
Many graduates from our School combine careers as artists with work in education, museums or galleries, or even go on to establish new cultural enterprises themselves - The Tetley, Leeds' contemporary art space, is just one example. Others use their knowledge and skills to launch careers in fields such as journalism, broadcasting, marketing, technology, business or design.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.