School of Creative Arts

‘Technology alone is not enough – it is technology married with the arts that yields the results that make our hearts sing.’ Steve Jobs, 2011

Imagine if your school timetable only included the classes you felt most comfortable in and really loved... 

If you are someone who has a genuine passion for creativity, whether it be in the arts, the world of performance, or via digital technology, then the School of Creative Arts at Leeds City College will offer a course that will play to your strengths and give you a timetable that will excite and challenge you in equal measure.

We provide full-time arts education to over 1,000 students every year, from Level 1 through to BA Honours Degrees. If you are successful in gaining a place on one of our specialist courses, we will work with you to develop your creative skills and prepare you for the next big step – either to university, drama school, art college or the world of work.

The school is divided into two departments:

The Digital & Visual Arts Department offers specialist practical full-time study across art and design, games design and development, graphic design, app development and photography.

The Media & Performance Production Department offers full-time study across acting, film and tv, dance, journalism, musical theatre and performance as well as backstage arts courses in technical theatre and theatrical costume, hair and make up. From September 2018, the Department will also offer, for the first time ever, courses in Music.

Facilities at our two delivery campuses – Park Lane and Technology – include a working theatre, dance studios, rehearsal spaces, print and animation workshops, photography and film studios and an entire floor dedicated to games design and development.

We utilise Macs as well as PCs and students develop skills in a range of industry standard software including Adobe Suite, 3D Max, Maya and Unreal.

Our staff team is made up of highly qualified professionals with a depth of experience in the working worlds of theatre, dance, fine art, graphics, web design, television, radio and media. They will push you hard because they are aware that progression to work and to higher education within the creative arts is only appropriate for those students who are willing to go 'the extra mile’.

The majority of our successful Level 3 students progress to university whilst others have gone on to work for design companies, in backstage production, TV production, and as performing artists across a range of disciplines.

In September 2019, the  School of Creative Arts will be relocating to a brand new state-of-the-art Campus in the Leeds arts quarter, Quarry Hill.  

 
Course
Art and Design Level 1 Diploma
Explore Drawing Explore Painting Explore Printmaking Explore Mixed Media including Digital and Photographic Explore 3D Fine Art Explore and Create Surface Relief Explore 3D Design Crafts
 
Course
Art and Design Level 2 Diploma
The Level 2 diploma in Art and Design is a one year course designed to give students a broad understanding of art and design practice theory
 
Course
Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma
The programme is designed for students who want to strengthen their creative skills through a variety of materials and techniques.
 
Course
Acting Level 2 Extended Certificate
On this course you will develop your practical acting ability and theory skills, taking part in a range of technique and devising classes
 
Course
Acting Level 3 Extended Diploma
This course allows you to build on existing acting abilities where you will enhance your voice and movement skills.
 
Course
Level 3 Textiles
With a focus on textiles and using fabrics for multiple outcomes, this course will help you to strengthen your creative skills through the exploration of a range of materials and techniques.
 
Course
Breeze Arts Foundation
Our course empowers you to participate and enjoy the arts and provides a practical insight, opportunities, skills, knowledge and understanding of the arts
 
Course
Computer Games Skills Diploma Level 1
This course is an opportunity for you to explore some of the fundamental areas of games design.
 
Course
Computer Games Technical Diploma Level 2
Through the creation of games products, students gain an insight into how the games /media industry works.
 
Course
Computer Games Extended Diploma Level 3
This course introduces you to the processes involved with creating a computer game. You will learn the skills of coding and asset creation including graphics and sound production.
 
Course
Digital Media Level 1
If you have an interest in developing skills in creative media including digital photography, desktop publishing, video and audio production
 
Course
Digital Media Level 2 Technical Diploma
Through the creation of media products, students gain an insight into how the media industry works.
 
Course
Dance Level 2 Extended Certificate
On this course you will develop your performance, technique, choreography and dance theory skills by taking part in a range of classes
 
Course
Dance Level 3 Extended Diploma
You will develop skills in a wide range of dance disciplines through working in small and large groups, as well as independently.
 
Course
Graphic Design Level 3 Extended Diploma
This Level 3 programme is designed to develop technical skills while encouraging individual and creative thinking. The course provides an introduction to all aspects of graphic design
 
Course
Graphic Design and Photography Level 2 Diploma
The Level 2 Diploma in Photography is a one-year course designed to give you a broad understanding of photographic practices using professional studios and locations.
 
Course
Journalism Level 3 Extended Diploma
Over this two year course you will explore all aspects journalism: writing copy, photo journalism, broadcast journalism including radio and TV and managing online content.
 
Course
Music Industry Skills BTEC Level 2 Diploma
This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to employment or apprenticeships in the music and related industries.
 
Course
Music Production BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma
This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to employment or apprenticeships in the music and related industries.
 
Course
Music Level 3 Extended Diploma
Turn something you love into a career you will love with our Level 3 Music course, previously ran at Leeds College of Music.
 
Course
Music Technology Level 3 Extended Diploma
Music is integral to people's lives and producing music can be one of the most rewarding things to do. View our Music Technology course previously provided through Leeds College of Music.
 
Course
Musical Theatre Performance Level 2 Extended Certificate
On this course you will develop dance, singing and acting skills as well as knowledge about working in the performing arts industry.
 
Course
Musical Theatre Performance Level 3 Extended Diploma
You will develop skills in improvisation, sight-reading, score reading, vocal harmonies, choreography, line-learning, academic study and writing, song and lyric writing, a range of dance disciplines.
 
Course
Photography Level 3 Extended Diploma
This course is designed for students with a serious interest in traditional and digital photography and covers both an artistic and technical approach
 
Course
Performing Arts Level 1 Extended Certificate
Students will work on exciting and creative projects, giving them the opportunity to develop the practical, personal and social skills necessary for the world of work in the creative arts sector.
 
Department
TV and Film
The TV & Film Level 3 qualifications are designed for post-16 learners who want to study media related degree courses or progress into work or industry related apprenticeships.
 
Course
Mobile Games and App Development Level 3 Extended Diploma
This course will be suitable for and meet recent increase in the use of Apps in the Business, Leisure and Computing sectors. This has led to more need for mobile and web based Apps developers
 
Department
Theatre Design and Production
Do you want to work backstage? Study Theatre Design and Production exploring a range of technical and creative skills.
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