About the Department

The Visual and Digital department blends art, digital, and logic to offer a selection of courses that allow students to specialise in artistic and technical careers. The department provides a wealth of support and industry insight to students. The high-level skills acquired on these courses give students head starts in industries and further study.

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Visual Arts (Photography & Graphics)

Combined course in photography and graphic design for broader learning before specialising at level 3. Also includes fundamental art skills.

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Oil Painting Beginner course (Tuesday)

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of oil painting. You will learn how to select, compose, and convert your images into impress...

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Adobe Suite Beginner course

*Starting from April Premier Pro will no longer be taught and will be replaced with Lightroom, this is more fitting with the other soft...

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Introductory Art & Design

Create to your heart’s content with this programme. You’ll develop skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture, as you create artwork ...

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Creative studios, digital studios and darkrooms.

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What courses do you offer?

We offer many creative courses including: Art and Design, Computer Games, Computer Games Skills, Fashion and Textiles, Graphic Design, Graphic Design and Photography, Mobile Games and App Development, and Photography.

What are the progression routes from your courses?

Progression routes are available from Level 1 to Level 3 within the department. University Centre Leeds offers a variety of creative degrees in Animation, Art Enterprise, Art Enterprise (Graphic Design and Illustration), Art Enterprise (Fashion and Textiles), Computer Games, Computer Games (Concept Art), Film and Screen Media, Games Development, Photography, and Sound for Film & Games.

What industry links and partnerships do you have?

Take advantage of our links with East Street Arts, Deer Shed 9 Festival, Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, Studio 24, Games Republic, GaMaYo, IBM, Sleepy Brain Studios, EGX Rezzed, and Yorkshire Games Festival.

What financial support is available at the college?

Students are able to apply for the college bursary which can pay for travel passes, college meals and trips or visits. Students with children can also gain support with childcare to support their studies.

Which campus are you based at?

We are based at Quarry Hill Campus.


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Pre-Press Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship

A Pre-press Technician is skilled in all the physical processes that occur before the printing process. Pre-press is the first stage of product...

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Press Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship

Printing is carried out using printing presses; typically, the company’s most expensive and valuable machinery. There are 6 different categor...

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Post-Press Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship

Finishing is a general term used in the print industry to describe any processes after printing. This is usually in the final stages of creatin...

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