Leeds College of Art

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Leeds College of Art
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Leeds College of Art, showing its previous name
Former names
Leeds School of Art
Jacob Kramer College
Leeds School of Art and Design
Type Art college (HE and FE)
Established 1846
Principal Simone Wonnacott
Students 1,320 (2015/16)[1]
Undergraduates 1,290 (2015/16)[1]
Postgraduates 30 (2015/16)[1]
Location Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
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 College of Art 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]

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 Metropolitan University). It was known as Leeds College of Art and Design until 2009.[2]

The college 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 is currently applying for university status, when it will become the only specialist arts university in the North of England. Like many of the 'traditional' British art schools, it has a modest annual intake, at 1,320 higher education students in 2015/16. Out of 166 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

Courses: Higher Education[edit]

The college is one of the ever growing centres that offer various Higher Education courses. The courses are in the design region with many students from Further Education level at the college deciding to pursue their education at a higher level at the college rather than the traditional university.

Honours Degrees

BA (Hons) Animation
BA (Hons) Comic & Concept Art*
BA (Hons) Creative Advertising
BA (Hons) Fashion
BA (Hons) Fashion Branding With Communication*
BA (Hons) Fashion Design*
BA (Hons) Fashion Photography
BA (Hons) Filmmaking*
BA (Hons) Fine Art
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
BA (Hons) Illustration
BA (Hons) Photography
BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance*
BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design
BA (Hons) Visual Communication

*Courses start in 2018 subject to approval


  1. ^ a b c "2015/16 Students by HE provider, level, mode and domicile" (XLSX). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "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. 

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