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Leeds Arts University

Leeds, United Kingdom

Private -1846

Accounting and Finance Art and design Business and Management

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Acceptance Rate

15.8 : 1

Student: Teacher Ratio

History, Affiliations and Rankings

The University of Leeds was founded in 1846 as the Leeds School of Art. The Leeds Mechanics Institute and the Literary Society united in 1842, resulting in the establishment of The Leeds Government School Design four years later. In 1903, the school relocated to Vernon Street, where it remains today. The university has been given full institution status and will now be the first specialized arts university in the North of England, following a rigorous review procedure and acceptance by the Privy Council. The university is ranked #149 in Best Global Universities (tie), #55 in Best Global Universities in Europe (tie) and #16 in Best Global Universities in the United Kingdom as per the ranking list by US News and World Report.

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

Leeds Arts university City Center building is on Vernon Street, between the Merrion Shopping Center and Millennium Square. The university provides degrees in a wide range of subjects, including animation and fashion photography. In Northern England, it is the only institution that focuses on the arts. A foundation diploma in art and design, as well as an extended diploma in art and design, are available at the university. Leeds Arts University offers a wide range of undergraduate degree programs. There is something for every student of the arts. 

Accomplishments and Alumni 

The university's fame precedes them to a great extent: Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth studied there, as did Marcus Harvey, Damien Hirst, Danny Sangra, and Omar Kashoura more recently. They do not, however, tolerate complacency. They work exceedingly hard to maintain their position as a premier center for arts education, selecting students from among the best in the world to generate some of the most sought-after creative talent. In the most recent National Student Survey, they received an 87 percent satisfaction rating, the highest of any specialist arts university; in the Guardian 2019 League Tables, they were ranked first in the country in the Design & Crafts subject table; and at the Whatuni Awards, they have won Best University Facilities twice in recent years (2014 and 2016), and second in 2017 and 2018.

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

More than 38,000 students attend Leeds Arts University, including 36,000 full-time students, 2,000 part-time students, 28,000 undergraduates, and 10,000 postgraduates. There are nearly 200 international students, including exchange students, from over 130 countries. The Students' Union team works hard to ensure that every student at Leeds Arts University gets the most out of their time here. The Students' Union organizes activities, campaigns, events, and fundraisers throughout the year, as well as publishing our student magazine and providing support to societies, sports teams, and Student Representatives. One can become involved in a variety of ways, allowing them to have their voice, have fun, and meet new people. The university organizes many webinars, events and seminars throughout the year for the graduates to grab job opportunities. Some of the top recruiters from the Leeds Arts University are NHS, H&M, Morrisons and Burberry.

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