Upon starting the research into the design developments for the proposed concept of the (collaborative brief) Leeds College of Art Graduate Show, I have begun researching a little more into the history of the College, along with the courses, to see if this will create any influence in terms of balance or representation in the direction of the concept, or whether it's history could perhaps influence a contemporary twist, or design upon the Art College's heritage.
More information and a brief bio/history of the College can be found below, with information from the independent Wikipedia source page.
LEEDS COLLEGE OF ART
Leeds College of Art is a specialist arts further and higher education institution, based in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, with a main campus opposite the University of Leeds. It was founded in 1846 as the Leeds School of Art. From 1968 to 1993 it was known as Jacob Kramer College - having lost part of its provision to Leeds Polytechnic (the future Leeds Metropolitan University). It was known as Leeds College of Art and Design until 2009.
The college today has sites both at Blenheim Walk and at Vernon Street in the City Centre, and offers B.A. (Hons) degrees. These degrees are currently validated by the Open University. Like many of the 'traditional' British art schools, it has a modest annual intake, currently at 640 higher education students a year.
The current principal is Simone Wonnacott.
The college also welcomes international students.
- Norman Ackroyd, artist
- Kenneth Armitage, sculptor
- Glen Baxter, artist
- Alison Britton OBE, Ceramics Tutor at the Royal College of Art
- Ralph Brown, sculptor
- Paul Clark, musician
- Diz Disley, musician and graphic artist
- Leigh Francis, comedian
- Marcus Harvey, painter
- Barbara Hepworth, sculptor
- Damien Hirst, 1995 Turner Prize winner
- Jacob Kramer, painter
- Henry Moore, sculptor
- Peter Murphy, Stuckist artist
- Stass Paraskos, painter and founder of the Cyprus College of Art
- Bob Peck, actor
- Vivian Pitchforth, artist
- Green Gartside, singer-songwriter of Scritti Politti
- Victor Sloan, MBE, visual artist
- Bernard Schottlander, sculptor
- Georgina Starr, artist
- Cecil Stephenson, artist
- Joash Woodrow, painter
- Frankie Vaughan, singer
COURSES: FURTHER EDUCATION
- Level Two Diploma in Art & Design
- Access to Higher Education in Art & Design
- Extended Diploma in Art & Design
- Foundation Diploma in Art & Design - one of the largest in the country, with 250 students validated by the University of the Arts London
COURSES: HIGHER EDUCATION
The college is one of the ever growing centres that offer various Higher Education courses. The courses are in the design region with many students from Further Education level at the college deciding to pursue their education at a higher level at the college rather than the traditional university.
- BA(Hons)Interior Design
- BA(Hons)Visual Communication
- BA(Hons)Graphic Design
- BA(Hons)Art & Design (Interdisciplinary)
- BA(Hons)Fine Art
- BA(Hons)Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design
- BA(Hons)Creative Advertising
- BA(Hons)Digital Film, Games & Animation
- BA(Hons)/FD Furniture Making