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Art & Design
Postgraduate course
MA

Art & Design

Overview

Study in the studio, classroom and professional environments alongside like-minded students on a dynamic course that explores the theories and new ideas in contemporary art and design. You could choose to specialise in areas such as curating and sound art, and you will be encouraged to debate current practice with your peers during project work, weekly seminars and artist workshops.

You will develop your professional relationships taking part in projects and events in the region and beyond. We have developed close relationships with the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and with the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London through its University Partnerships scheme.

The majority of your time will be spent in the studio and you will have the chance to showcase your work at an end-of-course exhibition. Previous students have also taken part in exhibitions and collaborations at Leeds Art Gallery, The Photographers' Gallery in London, the European Exchange Academy and Another Vacant Space in Berlin, Ecole nationale superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the British Art Show.

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

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

The course utilises global networks by entering into relationships with art institutions, magazines, embeds course projects in major exhibitions and collateral art and design projects. Senior Lecturer, Peter Lewis is a professionally acknowledged international curator with world leading research, invited as artist and curator by major international galleries and museums. Through these connections students' practices are introduced directly through the art and design industry.

The course welcomes visiting lecturers and students are encouraged to meet with artists after the lecture to discuss their work. Also the journal /seconds, edited and published by Peter Lewis, with an editorial board of world leading researchers, provides students with access to the debates and theories that will enable their developing practice.

You will have access to the studios and workshops of the award-winning Broadcasting Place building, equipped with everything from the latest Macs and software to letterpress and printmaking workshops, photographic darkrooms, a digital print unit, animation workspaces and 3D construction facilities. You will have access to a range of cameras, lighting, video and sound recording equipment. In addition the course is supported by the virtual spaces of a dedicated e-portfolio web site that students use to upload work, gain feedback from their tutors and to interact with other students.

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.

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.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

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.

Modules & learning

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Develop your awareness of contemporary debates in art and design and an understanding of current practice in the inter-related disciplines of art, graphic design and curating.

Focus on experimentation and the expansion and continued development of your individual practice in art, graphic design or curating.

Fully realise your individual practice in a professional context. The experience and skills gained are utilised in a further collaboration to present this individual practice in the context of a final exhibition/publication.

The focus of this first practice module is to identify, propose and negotiate a planned programme of work leading to the production of a body of work in later modules which articulates personal practice.

Progress the work initiated in Practice Initiation through the development and definition of proposals informed by relevant contemporary critical issues and debates, research and practical processes in the production of early stage creative responses.

Dr Lisa Stansbie
Dr Lisa Stansbie
Dean of School

Dr. Lisa Stansbie is a practising artist whose work crosses the disciplines of film, sound, sculpture, installation, photography and digital practices. Stansbie has undertaken residencies, commissions and exhibited across Europe and the U.S.

Our School built a formidable reputation throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s as the place to study art - a reputation that still exists today. Working alongside our staff and students, we are enhancing our identity on an international scale, with world-leading research and great facilities. We are proud of the imaginative leaps our alumni have taken and I hope to welcome more students as they take the next step in their creative journey.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

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

  • 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.

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Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting place is officially one of the world's best tall buildings (voted the world's 'Best Tall Building' in 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and is a big talking point in Leeds. Home to our arts, design, architecture and built environment courses, it provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

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