People seem great here. Collaboration between courses aren't always there on academic level but if you reach out personally to some other students there will absolutely be someone joining your project, almost guaranteed as people here are quite open to new things and it seems most people are fairly interested in filmmaking, no matter the course they are currently taking. (in my experience) Just wanted to show some insight into the stuff we deal with in the case you were wondering about this uni.
On and off tbh, you need to put work in yourself, and actually push them.
Very little hours spent in lessons, 2-3 half days max per week. Which has both pros and cons. Tutors have been somewhat hit and miss. And emails to the course leader are rarely answered. 1st year spend a bit more time in class, 2nd year less.
The uni is shut from 9PM workdays, and 5PM! on Saturdays, and is not open on Sundays. So the facilities you are paying over 9 grand to use aren't always available for you to use. Which means, if you need to edit or use studio space, you have little time to do so. If you don't want to buy your own expensive laptops and software (and as students you've only rly got debt, so lovely to add onto that now wouldn't it) you could fry your own cheaper laptops if you purchase editing softwares, because most free versions most times won't play the massive files used. There is only one film studio, which consists of three sections. Now this is useless for you if you need to record audio, because the sections are only separated by curtains. This means if someone is shooting in the studio, they will most likely book the whole space, so three separate sections only works when not recording audio, or when no one in the studio is filming. You might also have to let someone know to turn off the ventilation if you wish to film in there, as the ventilation is making lovely sounds for us filmmakers! :( (THIS MIGHT NOW BE SEMI-FIXED) We've tried pushing the course to get some sets for the studio so we can shoot things other than green screen in there, (without having to build our own limited DIY sets, which rarely happen) but we've yet to see progress on this promise. There is a collection of lights to use in the studio, but it gets quickly cluttered as there is little space to put anything as the uni doesn't have much spare space. It seems like they haven't realised another year of filmmaking students are coming after summer (atm there are only two years, course is 2y old), so current students are half freaking out for what the situation will be next year. Unfortunately I'm not very optimistic there. Equipment is quite good, Panasonic EVA and Vericam, there seems to be enough to go around of most things, but as another year of students arrives next summer it's surely going to be very chaotic. Now equipment will be your biggest worry as filmmaking student, as if you get what you should be getting, then you will most likely fill 2 ubers just getting it to and from uni, home, and location. If you don't walk all the equipment yourselves, you are probably looking at £5+ per uber from uni - home/location, and location - home, and lastly home-uni.The uni will not help you in any way there, we've been trying to suggest vans but that does not seem to be possible, for now all is left to the students. The £100 a year given to all LAU students won't cover much, and additional allowance is not permitted, so getting some extra cash from uni to help your project is not gonna happen. There is currently no way of storing equipment in uni (the film store barely has room for the equipment already, seems estates haven't given them any extra storage space), so you will have to bring it back home if you don't give it back within the allocated time slots (ends at 4:20PM weekdays, and 3:50PM on Fridays) The estates appear to not care as much, as they seems to rarely take the advice for improvements technicians, tutors, and students have, or just take way too long to get anything fixed.. They were also a major pain in the ass when filming in the uni but outside the studio. Technicians are always helpful and will probably teach you more than some of the tutors (of which there are 3). Most of these things are as a result of the course being so new, so they are still figuring things out. But overall the course has been very unorganised and this uni is sadly not as well tailored towards filmmaking as I thought it would be, compared to some of the other unis in Leeds.
Don't know, i don't use them
Personal counselling seems good, seems to be loads of offers but I've not used them so can't say. Tutors are open to talk, and will ask you if anythings up during the mandatory personal tutorials. Feedback from tutors have been alright, but I guess it's up to the tutor abilities.
The course is really stressful but it’s been fun so far and everyone is really lovely. The students are very welcoming and there’s a lot of contact hours which is really useful.
I like having a structured timetable and we have good contact hours The course isn’t very well organised
Nice people could make the facilities better and more welcoming
Learning facilities are good but not enough of them
Not a lot of society’s in comparison to other universities
Academic is good personal isn’t very good
First year at Leeds Arts Uni was difficult, struggle to find your people, away from home for the first time and just general living situations that were brand new to me and pretty much everyone else, however just getting over that hurdle and transitioning into second year once you’ve settled in the uni isn’t half bad, people are friendly and you realise everyone is just feeling the same! Textile design is a creative and versatile course to do, I would highly recommend if you are a passionate pattern maker and LOVE to draw.
Working in a studio space helps us prepare for employment whilst also getting aspiring designers to come and talk about there practice. They also provide booklets one what we potentially should consider for after our degree.
Most: You can really find your true practice within textile design and the tutors are super helpful with ideas and real experiences. Least: Not really about the course, but all I would say is being able to mingle, hard to step out of your comfort zone.
I should of used them more, they was super good
Can walk or get bus, super quick
There isn’t a lot, I never managed to join any but the ones there is seems good, just not enough diversity.
Overall, I have really enjoyed my university experience so far. The lecturers have been very supportive and are willing to help me to be successful. I feel challenged by the work, but not overwhelmed.
We are always being sent open briefs to submit work to for possible selection. There is a wide variety of opportunities on offer.
What I like most about the way my course is taught is the relaxed approach taken by the lecturers. They are very friendly and very helpful. You never feel like you can't ask for help. What I like least about the way my course is taught is having a change of lecturer in the middle of the year.
I think the Students' Union at Leeds Arts is pretty good.
The facilities at Leeds Arts University are really good. There have been recent refurbishments and a new building was opened this past year.
For the most part, yes the university is in a good location in terms of distance from local amenities; however, as the university does not own its own accommodations, it is a bit of a walk to the flats that the has a contract with for its students.
There is a fairly good variety of societies and there is the opportunity to start societies that are of interest if none exist.
The support offered by the university is absolutely brilliant! I suffered a major illness during my first term and they have helped me to stay on track and catch up with my work without placing undo pressure on me.
very good, amazing atmosphere and energy to the place, really is a safe haven for anyone, creativeness is a current rippling throughout and everyone is the friendliest people you could meet
great vibe to the course and good exploration, lacking in exhibitions
First year was a little rough, second year I got back on my feet and finally third year has been amazing! I’m now really using all I have university wise and appreciate it so much.
They have an employability department that I have used several times! Amazing supportive and most importantly realistic but with your dreams and ideas still intact
Love the freedom of my course but not the complete lack of structure. Miscommunication can be a problem at times, but with enough self involvement and engagement with tutors you will find that they are passionate and willing to further your knowledge and career
Honestly it’s one of the best unions. They actually care and listen to problems as well as offer great events and exhibitions. They are the most underrated part of the university but they do so much work!!!
Amazing facilities, great for every course but however I do feel as if they are spread thin as they have increased the student body but not the resources.
House is a great location between myself and the fêter of town.
Unfortunately because we are a small uni, there are not many sports but several societies that are small but well funded and great.
Great support from the on hands tutors. Passionate and engaged.
As a whole this course is going to help me a lot with my career progression and business. Although personally i dont feel like i fit in with an arty type uni. I'm not particularly arty as a person in terms or hobbies and appearance. I feel a bit of an outsider in terms of the social aspect. But in terms of the course itself i am enjoying that. Very engaging, very enjoyable and informative.
Offers an employability week which targets different courses, different lectures and workshops that even extend from the specific course specs. It talks about well being, cvs , going freelance etc etc. The uni also encourages students to fulfil live briefs that come in from companies outside of the uni itself which can expand the experience and learning for a student
I like the approach the lecturers take not too serious but not too casual. Have 1-1's so they are constantly wanting to engage and help improve work. I like the workshops we get they are very helpful. Although i dont like the timings of lectures, i dont like how specific lectures can target certain genes but no others
The union is great, it represents students well. Always has events on. Always looks out for the best outcome for its students. friendly and approachable staff
A brilliant set of studio spaces Incredible array of equipment Access to macbooks, mac computers, a whole printing room which is cheap and manageable. A brillaint library with great resources.
university is roughly 20 minutes away so not too far and not too close. Its close to the city centre as well so its in the middle of both. It has local shops, a gym nearby , take aways, other shops and restaurants near it as well.
At the uni itself tbe society and sports aspect is quite average. I dont think its diverse enough especially the sports side. I think the society's are too weird and too arty and dont reach a greater demographic, for the students that aren't arty or artistic and dont respond to these sorts of weird society.
Brilliant always wanting to help Always engaging with work as well as mental health Feedback is constructive and helpful
It’s been different to I expected. It’s so individual to your practice which can be quite intimidating sometimes. The facilities mean that production could be endless and go in any direction, print, metal, wood, plaster etc. Enjoy the lectures on offer too and not much writing needed
Had a whole semester on it with artists talks
Very independent but support if you need it Not enough taught skills in my opinion
Not much on offer as independent from other non-art courses
Best decision I ever made to come to Leeds Arts University! The course is everything I expected and more and Leeds is a great and lively city to live in. I only have good things to say.
There are careers fairs and advisers, if you wanted any information about anything career related you can easily find support on it.
I love the hands on approach, it is not a traditionally taught course. We are really encouraged to find our creative voice and grow as writers. There's nothing I dislike about it.
They clearly care a lot about all the students and they are always very vocal about everything that is going on in uni life and outside of uni. The facilities are good.
Amazing facilities! Great library and computer suites. For fine art students there is so much for them to use.
Yes, it's great. Only a 5 minute walk from my accommodation and 10 minutes into the centre of town.
Lots of societies, creative and otherwise. Amazing for meeting new people, there's something for everyone.
AMAZING. If you need anything someone is always there to help you.
Pretty darn good, the university provides an extremely relaxing environment with all the support you could hope for in a time of life that can get very stressful. L
With a fortnight of professionals and with a careers portal
The course teachers are always extremely helpful and know what they’re doing however some lectures are just students reading from a PowerPoint
Yes it’s brilliant in location
It is very good people are always offering help and support when needed