170 Years of Contribution to the Art Education


Leeds College of Art has played a central role in providing specialist education and training in art, design and craft for more than 160 years and is one of four remaining specialist art colleges in the further education (FE) sector. The college has two main sites close to the city centre of Leeds. Blenheim Walk houses the higher education (HE) provision and the original college of art building in Vernon Street is the location of the FE programmes. The college offers provision from level 1 through to HE in a range of vocational diagnostic and specialist art and design courses offered through part-time and full-time routes. The college’s mission is ‘to provide a distinctive education in art, design and the crafts, enabling its students to fulfil their creative ambitions and to progress to and through successful careers’.

Leeds College of Art is the highest ranked specialist art and design institution in the Guardian University League Tables 2016 for Design & Crafts, ranking sixth in the whole of the UK. For two years running, between 2014 and 2015, we were also the highest ranked specialist art and design institution in the specialist institutions league table (no longer published by The Guardian).

Simone Wonnacott, Principal of Leeds College of Art, said: “We are delighted at continuing to rank very highly in the Guardian Education League Tables for 2016. It’s very encouraging to know our students are so satisfied with the College and the experience, opportunities and education they are provided with whilst studying with us. We provide a great foundation for successful careers in the creative industries.” 

Leeds College of Art is the only specialist art college in Yorkshire and has been delivering high quality art and design provision for over 160 years. We are proud of the vibrant and dynamic culture that has developed and matured since the College was founded in 1846. We have committed staff who help to create and uphold the values that are fundamental to our success. We feel it is most important to remain student-centred, and this value is a driver behind all of our aspirations. Our students are global ambassadors for us, their success is our success.

Contact us now to know about the most up-to-date entry requirements and admission policy of the school. We will guide you step by step throughout the whole application process; we will help you make an interview appointment with the school, providing useful interview advice and insightful suggestions in portfolio preparation for your students.


At Leeds College of Art you will not be held back by the limitations of facilities or equipment.

Our fabulous, state-of-the-art resources and libraries offer you the best possible opportunities for proving your talent and your potential. You’ll be able to produce work which meets or exceeds the demands of modern practice in art and design. 

Our workshops and studios are equipped to industry standards, and are run by highly skilled staff who contribute significantly to our teaching. Most workshops and studios have a drop-in facility, including on Saturdays, so you can carry on working in your own time.

University Destinations

Besides progressing onto undergraduate programme at Leeds College of Art, graduates from Foundation Diploma, Extended Diploma and Access to Higher Education have free access to any leading art and design school in the world. They are all highly sought-after by universities for their strong academic background, superiorities and competitiveness.

  • Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • Camberwell School of Art, UAL
  • London College of Communication, UAL
  • Chelsea College of Art, UAL
  • London College of Fashion, UAL
  • Wimbledon College of Art, UAL
  • Leeds College of Art
  • Ravensbourne

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