School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies / Wild Pansy Press

The unique B.A. Fine Art degree integrates theory with studio practice on a 50:50 weighting, making it ideal for anyone wishing to focus equally on practical work and the history of art. The programme is especially suited to those wishing to develop their art practice in a contemporary and experimental direction with a firm critical underpinning. This particular fine art programme has both a national and international reputation and continues to draw high calibre students with a commitment to theoretical and practical research and an ability to develop and process their ideas in both collaborative and independent situations. Students are introduced to the complex nature of contemporary art practice, in a variety of media, and develop critical and analytical skills. They examine the histories and traditions of art practice in parallel with the development of personal studio work, achieving a broad critical, theoretical and historiographical understanding of the histories of art and visual culture. The programme allows students to work across all fine art media with on-site facilities for digital media, painting, photography, printmaking and 3D processes.

Our graduates move with equal ease into and between the roles of professional artist, designer and craftsperson; develop the curatorial skills needed for thriving in gallery and museum environments; take up the broad range of opportunities now available within multi-media. The high level of theoretical input and academic rigour provides a basis for career routes in publishing, journalism and PR. The 2-year MFA programme offers a further opportunity for specialised study and practice and the School offers places for research at PhD level and beyond.

Teaching at every level is informed by the research and practice of the staff and visiting artists who contribute; the Wild Pansy Press is based in the school and is considered one of its “Research Centres”. As well as its publishing and curatorial activities the artists involved in the WPP collective have worked with students closely in a number of ways. As well as running workshops and classes in the practical aspects of book and periodical production, they have involved students in book launches and book fairs, exhibitions and live events. In turn the students have themselves produced regular publications and contributed to the reputation the School of Fine Art has built up through its vigorous, “hands-on” engagement with the cultural life of the city of Leeds and its surroundings.


School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
Old Mining Building,
University of Leeds,
West Yorkshire,
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5192
Fax: +44 (0)113 245 1977