Leeds Arts University

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Leeds Arts University
Leeds Arts University logo 2017.png
The University's logo
Former names
Leeds School of Art
Jacob Kramer College
Leeds College of Art and Design
Leeds College of Art
Type Arts university (HE and FE)
Established 1846 (University status: 2017)
Vice-Chancellor Professor Simone Wonnacott[1] [2]
Students 1,425 (2016/17)[3]
Undergraduates 1,390 (2016/17)[3]
Postgraduates 35 (2016/17)[3]
Location Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
53°48′30″N 1°33′06″W / 53.8084°N 1.5517°W / 53.8084; -1.5517Coordinates: 53°48′30″N 1°33′06″W / 53.8084°N 1.5517°W / 53.8084; -1.5517
Website http://www.leeds-art.ac.uk/

Leeds Arts University is a specialist arts further and higher education institution, based in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, with a main campus opposite the University of Leeds.

History and description[edit]

Main campus

It was founded in 1846 as the Leeds School of Art. From 1968 to 1993 it was known as Jacob Kramer College - having lost part of its provision to Leeds Polytechnic (the future Leeds Beckett University). It was known as Leeds College of Art and Design until 2009, and then Leeds College of Art.[4] In August 2017, the school was granted university status and the name was changed to Leeds Arts University.[5]

The University today has sites both at Blenheim Walk (53°48′32″N 1°33′05″W / 53.80882°N 1.55148°W / 53.80882; -1.55148) and at Vernon Street in the City Centre (53°48′07″N 1°32′48″W / 53.801822°N 1.546684°W / 53.801822; -1.546684), and offers B.A. (Hons) degrees. In autumn 2016 the College gained Taught Degree Awarding Powers and was granted university status in August 2017, when it became the only specialist arts university in the North of England.[5] Like many of the 'traditional' British art schools, it has a modest annual intake, at 1,425 higher education students in 2016/17. Out of 167 UK higher education institutions, it is the 144th largest.

Notable alumni[edit]

Courses: Further Education[edit]

  • Level Two Diploma in Art & Design
  • Access to Higher Education in Art & Design
  • Extended Diploma in Art & Design
  • Foundation Diploma in Art & Design - one of the largest in the country, with 280 students validated by the University of the Arts London


  1. ^ "Senior Management Team". www.leeds-art.ac.uk. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  2. ^ http://edquarter.com/Article/arts-college-achieves-university-status
  3. ^ a b c "2016/17 Students by HE provider, level, mode and domicile" (CSV). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 25 March 2018. 
  4. ^ "Leeds College of Art". The Independent. London. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-27. It recently changed its name from Leeds College of Art and Design. 
  5. ^ a b "Leeds Arts University Established As Leeds College Of Art Gains University Status!". leeds-art.ac.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 

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