University Of Leeds

The University of Leeds has a long association with pioneering figures who helped to mobilise the advance of fine art in the university curriculum, from Sir Michael Sadler and his exhibitions of outstanding examples of English modernism in the early part of the last century, to Peter Gregory and Herbert Read’s institution in 1949 of the Gregory Fellowships in Painting and Sculpture. Leeds was one of the first universities to employ working artists in its Fine Art department, integrating studio practice with the study of art history. This development was led by Maurice de Sausmarez, Quentin Bell and Laurence Gowing, successively Heads of Department in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The Gregory Fellows and the Fine Art Department as a whole had strong working links with the Leeds College of Art which, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, under the leadership of figures such as Harry Thubron, Eric Taylor and Ricky Atkinson, was transforming itself along Bauhaus lines.

Today the University of Leeds School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies is unique in the range of its approaches to art practice, history and ins... [ Read All ]


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School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, Old Mining Building, University of Leeds
West Yorkshire
Phone: +44 (0)113 343 5192
Fax: +44 (0)113 245 1977

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Location and Getting there

By Car: Leeds is linked to the major motorways M1 and M62

By Air:
Leeds is served by two major airports, in the form of Leeds Bradford and Manchester. Regular flights are available from a huge number of European and International cities.

Leeds Bradford Airport is approximately 7 miles away from the University, and is well served by taxis. The cost is approximately £15 (22 Euros) from the airport to the city and campus.

By Train: Leeds station connects us with all major UK cities and has regular services to a huge amount of locations.

Directions from the train station:
Come out of the station into City square; with the Queens Hotel behind you, walk straight up Park Row. Continue up Park Row until the first major junction, The Headrow. Turn right and walk along The Headrow, past the Light shopping centre on your left. At the end of The Light centre turn left up Woodhouse Lane. Follow this road up, passing Morrisons supermarket on your right, Leeds Metropolitan University on your left - and the Dry Dock boat pub on an island on your right! The University campus begins ...  [ Read All ]

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News and Events


Turner Prize Challenge Winner
Miriam Lloyd-Evans, a student of this School, has won ‘The Turner Prize Challenge’, organised by Tate and Channel 4, to find ‘fresh voices to present contemporary art’ on television.

On a visit to the Turner Prize for her History of Art module ‘The Rematerialisation of Art circa 1960 - present’, Miriam recorded her observations in the Turner Prize Video Booth. Beating off competition from over 300 other hopeful contestants, Miriam reached the final shortlist of four, and then researched, scripted and presented a 4-minute film on one of this year’s Turner Prize nominees. Miriam’s film on the work of artist Phil Collins was broadcast on Channel 4 on Saturday 2nd December 2006.

The competition judges – Channel 4 news presenter, John Snow; Radio 1 DJ, Trevor Nelson; and art critic, Louisa Buck – were especially impressed with the critical content of Miriam’s short and her ability to present to camera, and announced her overall winner. And look out for her in the future; Miriam now has the chance to make a feature for Channel 4.

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Information For  Undergraduates

BA Art History with Museum Studies
BA Cultural Studies
BA Fine Art
BA History of Art

The undergraduate degrees offered by the School combine the flexibility of a modern modular structure with the cohesiveness of the more traditional undergraduate degree. A strong focus on the fundamentals of each discipline provides the basis for a wide range of specialist and inter-disciplinary options in which students, at whichever site they are based, benefit from the remarkable range of resources available.

Within the School, one of the largest and most vigorous in the United Kingdom, you will be part of a friendly and energetic student community. The majority of our undergraduates come to us directly from "A" Level but some of our Fine Art course also takes students direct from BTech Foundation colleges. We have a growing number of mature and international students whose presence on our undergraduate degree courses we value very highly.  

Information For  Postgraduates

MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies
MA in History of Art
MA in Cultural Studies
MA in Fine Art
Master of Fine Art (MFA)

The School has over thirty members of staff comprising artists, historians and theorists. Since the mid 1970s, the School has initiated and developed postgraduate programmes and research in the area generally defined as social or critical histories of art with additional attention to cultural studies, feminist analyses and studio practice. Areas of research and teaching include British, Russian, French, European and American studies, variously spanning the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, architecture and urban planning in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Renaissance studies, classical Greece and the expanding fields of contemporary art practice.

Deadline for all programmes 1st March 2007. For applications after this date please contact the Postgraduate Secretary at:  

Information For  International Students

Student Support

The University has first-class learning and teaching facilities. The internationally acclaimed University library is one of the largest in the UK, with 2.6 million books and a wide range of special collections, databases and electronic journals.

For those with a passion for sport or keeping fit, a £30 annual membership provides access to campus facilities including indoor and outdoor courts, grass and artificial pitches, fitness and weight rooms, sunbeds, saunas and aerobics classes. The students' union has over 30 sporting clubs, open to all students whatever their standard.

Over 2,500 PCs are provided for students, some available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Some residences also have networked PCs. Students are provided with their own email address.

The University makes it a priority to provide students with the maximum amount of help and support throughout their time at Leeds. A wide range of student support services offer guidance and advice to all students. There is a dedicated student medical practice and a confidential counselling service, free to all students. The students' union also provides independent...  [ Read All ]


We guarantee you a place in our accommodation for the year if you are:
A first year undergraduate
An international undergraduate (i.e. you pay fees at the international rate). You are guaranteed a place in our accommodation until you finish your course, provided you apply by the stated deadlines (usually March).
An undergraduate exchange student
An international postgraduate student (i.e. you pay fees at the international rate) and you are new to Leeds
But you have to apply by the deadlines:

- 1st July if you're a first year undergraduate applicant, or an undergraduate exchange student coming to Leeds in September (for both semesters, or semester 1 only)
- 15th July if you're an international postgraduate student starting in September or October.
- 1st December if you're an undergraduate exchance student coming to Leeds in January (for semester 2)

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