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School of Art, Architecture & Design


Together we question and we solve problems

The Leeds Beckett School of Art, Architecture and Design, with a history that spans over 170 years, is united by a common goal: to encourage individuality, to inspire creativity, and to create impact. We have an exciting and experimental approach to contemporary, creative practice – set in the heart of a culturally energised city. Our aim is to instil in you the confidence, curiosity and commitment to thrive at University and beyond, and to give you the freedom and independence to both think, and to make.

This is more than a School, it is a community of creators and collaborators; a community nurtured by our practicing academic staff, many of whom are researchers of national or international standing. This is a united, artistic family, pushing boundaries with a variety of courses and talent – from our unique Landscape Architecture course (recent graduates the Rich Brothers are the winners of two Chelsea Flower Show golds); to a series of Arts lectures featuring renowned practicing artists including the school’s own Senior Lecturer, Nathaniel Mellors; to innovative Art & Design modules, led by award wining artist-curator Peter Lewis.

Our School's principle of learning through theory and practice is enabled by deep and meaningful links with industry, community and the professions. These include prestigious partnerships with The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, The British Art Show and engagements with influential developers such as Citu and Bruntwood.

Our advanced, state-of-the-art technical equipment, workshop support and studio spaces will allow you to immerse yourself in live design and development projects, supported by a team of experienced staff on hand to challenge, listen and encourage.

Because at the end of the day, our aim is to ensure the art, design and architecture we create is rooted in human relevance. No better example than the recent £700k lottery funded project, led by students and staff, to develop a new social hub, The New Wortley Community Centre, a project borne out of the school’s dynamic, ethical, RIBA accredited architectural consultancy, Project Office. A unique example of real-world learning and creating, preparing you for the cross-disciplinary nature of the working world.

Together we question and we solve problems. We embrace the traditions of what we do whilst adopting new technical advancements. And we help embed the skills that will make you the best you can be.

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INSIDE/OUT Lecture Series

INSIDE/OUT offers a platform for internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. More information on the series. 


Leap: End of year show

The 2016 show 'Leap' took place between 3 - 10 June 2016
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Students in a landscape garden

Celebrating 50 years of landscape design at Leeds Beckett University

Landscape at 50

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Project Office

The Project Office is an architecture consultancy that provides a full architectural service for business. It is a design and research collaboration of staff and students who have a commons interest in ethical, social and resilient architecture and design.

Research and Enterprise

View the faculty’s latest Research & Enterprise Brochure.


Further Information

For more information on the school and the courses offered you can also click on the link below:
Leeds School of Art, Architecture & Design

To find out more about the Leeds School of Architecture click on the link below:
Leeds School of Architecture



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School news

World-leading architect and award-winning poets set to speak at Leeds Beckett

Award-winning experimental poets from New York and Australia and a renowned Belgian architect are set to share their insights at Leeds Beckett University this November.

Sound and art explored at symposium

A one-day symposium exploring the past, present and future of sound, sound media and music, in public art and social practice in Leeds, is being held tomorrow.

Prestigious international architecture conference comes to Leeds

The sixth International Conference on Competitions (ICC), examining experimentation within architecture competitions, is set to take place at Leeds Beckett University in October.

School events

Mar 9

INSIDE/OUT Lecture Series: Erica Baum

Flying in from New York City, the American artist Erica Baum will be speaking about her celebrated art practice. This lecture is in association with the Laurence Sterne Trust who have made this visit possible by accommodating Baum as their artist-in-residence for one week in Shandy Hall, Coxwold, North Yorkshire.

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