Welcome to the School of Design



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Professor Chris Carr
Head of School

As Head of the School of Design, I’d like to warmly welcome you to the University of Leeds. Our design philosophy is to unite creativity, technology, innovation and enterprise in order to realise ideas that have impact and exert influence.

As one of our students you will become the “added value” innovators who can utilise aesthetics and technology to generate creativity, concepts and products. Through our students success we add beauty, comfort, safety, functionality and style within the human environment.

Beyond your course, the University is a great place to develop new skills or interests, make friends for life and prepare for your future career.

I hope you enjoy your time at Leeds and wish you well in your studies.

You can find more information on the School of Design over on our website and keep up-to-date with everything that's going on via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Your course

Find out more about your course below:

Art and Design



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Andrea Thoma
Programme Manager

The Art and Design team is looking forward to meeting you in September.

Our course is a mixture of fine art studio practice, design and theoretical work. This combination is unique and will provide you with a broad and varied experience of art education.

Whilst it can help you to arrive with a focus, the most important thing to us is that you arrive fresh and ready to engage. As an Art and Design student you should be enthusiastic about expressing what you have to say in a visual way.

Throughout your studies you will also be able to take advantage of a range of opportunities to volunteer in the many art galleries in Leeds, and may even exhibit work yourself.

your first year of study

During the first year you will be studying 120 credits worth of modules, of which you must pass at least 100 credits including those modules marked as “pass for progression” (PFP).

Your first year includes 90 credits worth of compulsory modules. You will also need to choose between two modules: Green Design and Sustainability or Patterns and Culture. In addition, a further 20 credits of optional modules need to be selected. A range of design-related options are offered by the School; however you may wish to “discover” an area outside your chosen discipline, for example psychology or business. Discovery Themes run over all three years of your programme, so if you wish to learn a foreign language you will need to begin this during your first year.

The tables below show the programme structure for the first year of each course taught by the School of Design.

For each 10 credits, you are expected to spend around 100 hours working. Much of this time will be taken up with independent study (e.g. background reading, preparation and coursework).

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.

Contact us

If you have any enquiries about choosing modules or starting university please email design.enquiries@leeds.ac.uk.

Fashion Design


Jeffrey Thorpe
Programme Manager

Congratulations! Fashion staff are looking forward to meeting you in September, and to sharing your motivation and commitment for a future in fashion design.

Whilst on this course you will gain excellent theoretical, visual and technical interpretation skills, culminating in a strong three-dimensional sense.

We’re looking for you to express yourself as a creative thinker and to develop a strong personal style. We will challenge you to become an active learner and be responsible for the pace of your own learning.

Before you arrive

Before September collect information in an ‘Inspirational Journal’ on artists, designers and companies. Include fabric swatches, trims, buttons and anything else which inspires you. This should be brought to the first taught session. You will add to this throughout your time at university and use it as a source of inspiration for a range of projects.

your first year of study

During the first year you will be studying 120 credits worth of modules, of which you must pass at least 100 credits including those modules marked as “pass for progression” (PFP).

Your first year includes 90 credits worth of compulsory modules. You will also need to choose between two modules: Green Design and Sustainability or Patterns and Culture. In addition, a further 20 credits of optional modules need to be selected. A range of design-related options are offered by the School; however you may wish to “discover” an area outside your chosen discipline, for example psychology or business. Discovery Themes run over all three years of your programme, so if you wish to learn a foreign language you will need to begin this during your first year.

The tables below show the programme structure for the first year of each course taught by the School of Design.

For each 10 credits, you are expected to spend around 100 hours working. Much of this time will be taken up with independent study (e.g. background reading, preparation and coursework).

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.

Contact us

If you have any enquiries about choosing modules or starting university please email design.enquiries@leeds.ac.uk.

Fashion Marketing



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Claire Watson
Programme Manager

Congratulations! The Fashion Marketing Team look forward to welcoming you to Leeds in September.

The fashion business is dynamic and fast moving, with incredible opportunities for creative thinkers. Our students are fully engaged, enthusiastic and eager to question, interrogate and communicate with the world both inside and outside of fashion. Through a balance of theory and ‘real life’ practice you will learn to develop innovative marketing strategies for this constantly evolving industry.

We focus on ‘big ideas’ and how these impact on fashion so start thinking about this now!

Look at www.businessoffashion.com and www.drapersonline.com to get you started.

your first year of study

During the first year you will be studying 120 credits worth of modules, of which you must pass at least 100 credits including those modules marked as “pass for progression” (PFP).

Your first year includes 90 credits worth of compulsory modules. You will also need to choose between two modules: Green Design and Sustainability or Patterns and Culture. In addition, a further 20 credits of optional modules need to be selected. A range of design-related options are offered by the School; however you may wish to “discover” an area outside your chosen discipline, for example psychology or business. Discovery Themes run over all three years of your programme, so if you wish to learn a foreign language you will need to begin this during your first year.

The tables below show the programme structure for the first year of each course taught by the School of Design.

For each 10 credits, you are expected to spend around 100 hours working. Much of this time will be taken up with independent study (e.g. background reading, preparation and coursework).

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.

Contact us

If you have any enquiries about choosing modules or starting university please email design.enquiries@leeds.ac.uk.

Fashion Technology



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Muriel Rigout
Programme Manager

Congratulations in securing a place on Fashion Technology. We look forward to welcoming you in September.

The BA Fashion Technology programme is unique in the UK and has been created in response to industry demand. You can expect to learn many relevant aspects in a stimulating learning and research environment.  As an industry employer recently summed up: “This course will give the type of textile education that employers are looking for.”

Before you arrive

Between now and joining us in September, we invite you to look at clothes in a different way. Try and look at their composition, their structure, the way they drape and feel to the touch. When you walk through a shop selling clothes, see if you can spot items that are unusual in some way (maybe a new finish, or a new fabric type). This will be useful in your degree as you learn to recognise technical decisions and opportunities for innovation – two key elements to creating successful products.

your first year of study

During the first year you will be studying 120 credits worth of modules, of which you must pass at least 100 credits including those modules marked as “pass for progression” (PFP).

Your first year includes 90 credits worth of compulsory modules. You will also need to choose between two modules: Green Design and Sustainability or Patterns and Culture. In addition, a further 20 credits of optional modules need to be selected. A range of design-related options are offered by the School; however you may wish to “discover” an area outside your chosen discipline, for example psychology or business. Discovery Themes run over all three years of your programme, so if you wish to learn a foreign language you will need to begin this during your first year.

The tables below show the programme structure for the first year of each course taught by the School of Design.

For each 10 credits, you are expected to spend around 100 hours working. Much of this time will be taken up with independent study (e.g. background reading, preparation and coursework).

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.

Contact us

If you have any enquiries about choosing modules or starting university please email design.enquiries@leeds.ac.uk.

Graphic & Communication Design



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Alan Oliver
Programme Manager

Congratulations! The Graphics team look forward to welcoming you to Leeds in September.

To succeed on this course, our students require an intelligent and inquisitive mind, along with the courage to take risks and experiment with creative ideas.

The programme will introduce you to the design process and give you the skills to respond to professional briefs. From the second year of the course, your study will involve working with industrial partners and producing projects that can be submitted to international design competitions.

your first year of study

During the first year you will be studying 120 credits worth of modules, of which you must pass at least 100 credits including those modules marked as “pass for progression” (PFP).

Your first year includes 90 credits worth of compulsory modules. You will also need to choose between two modules: Green Design and Sustainability or Patterns and Culture. In addition, a further 20 credits of optional modules need to be selected. A range of design-related options are offered by the School; however you may wish to “discover” an area outside your chosen discipline, for example psychology or business. Discovery Themes run over all three years of your programme, so if you wish to learn a foreign language you will need to begin this during your first year.

The tables below show the programme structure for the first year of each course taught by the School of Design.

For each 10 credits, you are expected to spend around 100 hours working. Much of this time will be taken up with independent study (e.g. background reading, preparation and coursework).

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.

Contact us

If you have any enquiries about choosing modules or starting university please email design.enquiries@leeds.ac.uk.

Textile Design



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Liz Gaston
Programme Manager

Congratulations and welcome to Leeds. We look forward to welcoming you to the course in September!

You will have the opportunity to develop your creativity in textile design within a stimulating learning and research environment.

Creative sessions in the studio are complemented by academic studies which are delivered by experts from a range of design disciplines. The University Campus is also home to an International Textiles Archive and to the national Marks & Spencer archive, both of which offer exciting opportunities for independent research.

your first year of study

During the first year you will be studying 120 credits worth of modules, of which you must pass at least 100 credits including those modules marked as “pass for progression” (PFP).

Your first year includes 90 credits worth of compulsory modules. You will also need to choose between two modules: Green Design and Sustainability or Patterns and Culture. In addition, a further 20 credits of optional modules need to be selected. A range of design-related options are offered by the School; however you may wish to “discover” an area outside your chosen discipline, for example psychology or business. Discovery Themes run over all three years of your programme, so if you wish to learn a foreign language you will need to begin this during your first year.

The tables below show the programme structure for the first year of each course taught by the School of Design.

For each 10 credits, you are expected to spend around 100 hours working. Much of this time will be taken up with independent study (e.g. background reading, preparation and coursework).

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.

Contact us

If you have any enquiries about choosing modules or starting university please email design.enquiries@leeds.ac.uk.