August 23, 2017

Leeds College of Art Awarded University Status

LEEDS, ENGLAND—Leeds College of Art has been awarded university status by the Universities Committee of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, BBC reports. The West Yorkshire school will become the Leeds Arts University, the first specialist art university in the North of England. The appointment furthers Leeds’ transition from manufacturing to education-based economy; Leeds Arts University joins the city’s other institutes of higher education, including the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University, and Leeds Trinity University.

Leeds Art University was founded in 1846 as the Leeds Government School of Art and Design and until 2009 as the Leeds College of Art and Design. In March 2017, the school began a £14-million renovation of its facilities in anticipation of being awarded university status and a subsequent increase in enrollment. Leeds Arts University enrolls 1400 students across is undergraduate and graduate divisions. The school’s alumni include artists Barbara Hepworth, Damien Hirst, and Thomas Houseago.

“This announcement is a significant landmark in our history,” professor and vice-chancellor Simone Wonnacott told the Yorkshire Evening Post, “and one which recognizes our roburst governance structure, academic and teaching standards, and the facilities supporting the delivery of our higher education courses. We will continue to strive to put ourselves at the forefront of arts education not just in the UK, but worldwide.

Thank you!

An email with a confirmation link has been sent to the email address you entered. To complete your subscription, click this link.