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Professional Practice in Art and Design
Postgraduate course
Advanced Professional Diploma

Professional Practice in Art and Design

International Scholarships available

Overview

Push the boundaries of creative expression by developing your existing practice in areas such as art, graphics, sculpture, filmmaking, animation, sound and curating. In workshops, seminars and guest lectures, you will work alongside practising artists, and you will also have access to our outstanding studio facilities where you will hone your expertise and drive your creativity and career forward.

You will work on live projects and collaborations affiliated with external partners and agencies within our city, including Leeds City Art Gallery and The Henry Moore Institute, and beyond Leeds in cities such as Birmingham, London and Amsterdam. You will also be partnered with a mentor - a renowned contemporary artist or curator - who will offer critical and constructive feedback, enabling you to reflect and improve your working practices.

Whether you are a recent graduate, someone who is looking to develop your own business further, or you are simply looking to reignite your passion for the creative arts, this short course is the ideal step which will allow you to research, develop and flourish in an area which is of particular interest to you.

INSIDE/OUT

The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage
Based in the centre of Leeds, you will be at the heart of a city that has a thriving and dynamic creative community. Through strong links with local galleries, exhibitions and creative centres, you will have access to some of the best and most contemporary artists in the region and be able to expand your industry contacts.

You will have quality one-to-one time with your personal tutor, be able to share ideas in group tutorials, meetings and seminars, and will spend time in our 3D workshops, digital print, photography, printmaking and video-editing facilities all based on site.

This short course is a great way to build your expertise for professional use, re-engage your creativity and embrace a subject you are passionate about, or develop your skills before applying for one of our masters qualifications.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

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APD Professional Practice in Art & Design - Alan Dunn, Senior Lecturer
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Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show
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School of Art, Architecture & Design

Entry Requirements

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Art or Design, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Elizabeth Chadwick

Careers

Elizabeth Chadwick
Independent Artist / Digital Media Assistant Leeds Museums and Galleries

MA Art & Design

“I would not be where I am today, exhibiting my own work, if it wasn't for my University course. The support from my tutors was fantastic and it encouraged me to follow my interest in creating art by using programming to hack into an electronic knitting machine. I'd recommend the University to anyone interested in pursuing their passion for art.

Teaching and learning

Marion Harrison
Marion Harrison
Senior Lecturer
Marion has teaching experience in both further and higher education. She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students at Leeds Beckett University, University for the Creative Arts and Sint Lukas, Brussels. She has also been an adviser to an independent international art school in Berlin since 2004 and currently runs her own practice which includes curating radio broadcasts, printmaking and photography.
I have worked in the School of Architecture, Art & Design for 15 years and I am continually impressed by our students’ diverse and idiosyncratic approaches to art and design practice. This new intensive course hopes to continue this tradition and create a new space for graduating students to develop their professional practice.
Play APD Professional Practice in Art & Design - Alan Dunn, Senior Lecturer Video
APD Professional Practice in Art & Design - Alan Dunn, Senior Lecturer
Play Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show Video
Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show
Play School of Art, Architecture & Design Video
School of Art, Architecture & Design

Fees & funding

The tuition fees for this course, for applicants commencing their course in the 201920 academic year, are yet to be set at this time. These fee rates will be set in October 2018. Should you wish to view the fee charges for this course for the previous year you can do so by changing the entry point to September 2018 in the 'Start Date' section of this page above.

Below are the costs for 2018. The costs for 2019 will be confirmed by the end of November.

Tuition fees 

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Materials (dependent on practice. Costs for materials are approximately £20-£50 but will vary depending on materials used.)
  • Local visits (approximately £20)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the Library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fees for this course, for applicants commencing their course in the 201920 academic year, are yet to be set at this time. These fee rates will be set in October 2018. Should you wish to view the fee charges for this course for the previous year you can do so by changing the entry point to September 2018 in the 'Start Date' section of this page above.

Facilities

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

  • Architecture and art studios
    Architecture and art studios

    Our studios provide space for individual and group projects and facilities include parallel motion boards, flip-top drawing boards, and letterpress and printmaking workshops. Our 3D printer and laser cutters can also be used for model making, plastic forming, plasma cutting and 3D sculptures.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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