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Art & Design (MA)

Course Description

Study alongside like-minded students in a creative environment on a dynamic course that explores the theories and new ideas in contemporary art, graphic design and curating. You can choose to specialise in one of the three areas, with your previous experience, study interests and career aspirations determining your choice.

We will build your awareness of contemporary ideas in art, graphic design and curating, and we will develop your working relationships by giving you the opportunity to take part in projects and events in the region and beyond. You can also take part in studio production and a final exhibition where you will showcase your work.

You will be involved in a programme of weekly seminars and workshops, as well as project work alongside your peers, encouraging you to debate contemporary practice. Previous students have taken part in events and collaborations at Leeds Art Gallery, The Photographers' Gallery in London, the European Exchange Academy in Germany and Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

- 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.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/artdesign_ma

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 (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

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.


You could pursue a career in both public and commercial galleries, museums and design studios, working as an exhibiting artist, publisher, designer, professional photographer or museum curator. You will develop your skills of self-promotion and entrepreneurship and you could also continue your studies, with the option of working towards an MPhil or PhD.

- Artist
- Designer
- Professional Photographer
- Gallery Curator

Careers advice: Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit our careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

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 visiting lecturers include Andy Edwards, a leading graphic designer; Peter Suchin, art critic for Frieze, Alan Dunn, curator, Helen Cross, author, Nooshin Farhid, Iranian filmmaker. 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 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 at our University, 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.


- Library
Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, our Library has you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place 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.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Art & Design (MA) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Elizabeth Chadwick

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.

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


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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