Over the last 170 years, Leeds Arts University has contributed significantly to the development of art education in Britain, having pioneered new ways to teach and to structure qualifications.
Leeds Arts University is the only specialist arts university in the North of England, our students enjoy a small, close-knit community in a creative atmosphere where anything feels possible. We believe this is the best environment in which to grow as an artist, designer, musician or filmmaker.
To a great extent, our reputation goes before us: Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth studied here, as did, more recently, Marcus Harvey, Damien Hirst, Danny Sangra and Omar Kashoura. However, we never allow complacency. We work extremely hard to remain a leading centre for arts education, choosing from among the brightest international potential to produce some of the most sought-after creative talent.
In the Guardian Education League Tables 2018 we were the highest ranked specialist arts university for Design & Crafts in the UK, ranking fifth in the whole of the UK. Excellent staff: student ratios mean you’ll benefit from as much personal attention and expert advice as you’ll need. We were also the highest ranked specialist arts university for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017, with 91% of final year students at the University reporting overall satisfaction with the quality of their course.