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  • Leeds College of Art announces new degree courses

    Leeds College of Art is pleased to announce an expansion of its current portfolio with five new undergraduate degree courses. 2018 will see the addition of BA (Hons) Filmmaking, BA (Hons) Fashion Design, BA (Hons) Fashion Branding with Communication, BA (Hons) Comic and Concept Arts and BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance to the current portfolio of creative arts degrees.

    The BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance is designed for instrumentalists and vocalists to develop their musicianship, performance, production and technical skills to a professional level within a specialist creative environment. The course offers opportunity for collaboration with a wide range of creative practitioners, and provides advanced training for musicians, preparing them for work in the contemporary music industries.

    BA (Hons) Filmmaking provides hands-on experience of making films, with opportunities to gain an understanding of a wide range of production roles, methods and techniques, and the artistic and technical process of film production. Students on the course will work together as a production team, collaborating with other students from across the College’s creative portfolio.

    BA (Hons) Fashion Design and BA (Hons) Fashion Branding with Communication will take the place of the current BA (Hons) Fashion course and have been developed to allow greater opportunity for specialism in a chosen field. BA (Hons) Fashion Branding with Communication students will explore the theories behind fashion branding and develop skills in how to creatively position and promote a brand to consumers. The BA (Hons) Fashion Design course teaches up-to-date methods and innovative approaches to design, alongside traditional techniques and technical skills, preparing students for a career in the fashion industry.

    Students interesting in commercial and comic arts illustration will now have the opportunity to study an industry focused specialist BA (Hons) Comic and Concept Arts. The course is designed to prepare students for work as commercial illustrators, artists and designers, learning to build and manage their professional practice. This new course will run alongside the established BA (Hons) Illustration, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Animation and BA (Hons) Creative Advertising courses.

    Professor Simone Wonnacott, Principal, Leeds College of Art said:

    “The announcement of these new courses comes at an exciting time for the College. Our state-of-the-art building and facilities expansion is underway and we await confirmation of our status as the only specialist arts university in the North of England. Expanding our provision allows us to offer students a more diverse mix of courses, with the opportunity to collaborate across art, design, music and filmmaking.”

    The music and filmmaking courses will be taught in specialist new facilities, part of the College’s new £22 million state-of-the-art expansion, which also includes a 230 seat auditorium, a larger specialist arts library, open plan atrium-style entrance with a public exhibition gallery and coffee shop, and an enterprise centre which will also allow the College to engage more fully with regional businesses, and the local and wider communities of Leeds.

    In September 2016, the Privy Council confirmed the College had been granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) meaning students now study for degrees awarded in the College’s name and, following a recent application for university title, awaits confirmation of its place as the first specialist arts university in the North.