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Professional Practice in Art & Design (Advanced Professional Diploma)

Course Description

Push the boundaries of creative expression by developing your existing practice in areas such as art, graphics, sculpture, filmmaking, animation, sound and curating. From working with practising arts on live projects and spending time using our outstanding facilities, to attending workshops, seminars and guest lectures, we'll help you gain the expertise you need to help drive your creativity forward.

You'll 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'll 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're a recent graduate, someone who is looking to develop your own business further, or you're 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.

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

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.


Our course is ideal if you are aiming to develop your skills as a practising artist, designer, curator, publisher, writer or filmmaker. You might also be looking to bridge the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate study, or are hoping to set up your own enterprise. You may also broaden your employment prospects through work undertaken with industry professionals during your time on the course.

- Gallery Curator
- Exhibition Manager
- Artist/Designer
- Studio Manager

Careers advice: The 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 the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Based in the centre of Leeds, you'll be right in 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.

With 110 contact hours spread over just nine months, you'll 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're passionate about, or develop your skills before applying for one of our masters qualifications.

Core Modules

Creative Practice
Identify, propose and negotiate a planned programme of work which articulates your personal practice.

Strategies for Practice
Explore the professional context of creative practice and study the organisational, entrepreneurial and process issues relevant to you.

Marion Harrison

Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and Course Leader

"I have worked in the school of Architecture, Art and 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."

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.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got 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 Professional Practice in Art & Design (Advanced Professional Diploma) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

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

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