Student work

Student work

All of our undergraduate students produce and create work throughout their degree.

Throughout the year, Fine Art students engage in solo and group projects, making use of the School’s dedicated studios and a variety of other venues on campus and across the city. The Final Year BA Fine Art Degree Show usually takes place in June, across studio and shared spaces in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies.

Cultural and Media Studies students and History of Art students are expected to produce a final year dissertation, an independent research project in a topic of particular interest to the student. See below for previous dissertation topics.

Hear from Will about his final year degree show piece for BA Fine Art, and his time studying at Leeds.

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2023 BA Fine Art Degree Show

Can you let us in? showcases the work of 49 final year students on the BA Fine Art course. Website: Instagram: @canyouletusin

2022 BA Fine Art Degree Show

Sitting With It celebrates the work of 62 graduating BA Fine Art students through a range of contemporary art practices. Website: Instagram: @sittingwithit2022

2021 BA Fine Art Degree Show

Independently created by 84 final year BA Fine Art students, Fickle Spaces welcomed the return of an in-person Degree Show. Here is a selection of work from the show. View more work at or on Instagram: ficklespaces

2020 BA Fine Art Degree Show

In 2020, our students took to the internet to present Simmer, which included works from 63 artists. Here is a selection of work from the show. To view more work see Instagram and YouTube simmer.leeds

2019 BA Fine Art Degree Show

Cut the Mustard included works from artists across our BA Fine Art courses. Here is a selection of work from the show. View more work from the show on or on Instagram: cutthemustard19

BA Fine Art Degree Shows

Take a look at the websites created by our students for previous final year Degree Shows.*

*Note, these links will take you to websites created by students and therefore the University of Leeds is not responsible for any content that is published on these sites.

Student dissertations

Cultural and Media Studies 

Here are some examples of the dissertation titles submitted by our final-year students.

  • #MeToo: History repeating itself, or something new? An analysis of Netflix's Sex Education in relation to contemporary activism.

  • Fluid borders -- the Indigenous Sámi & their land in Europe's far north.

  • The Representation of Disability in the Yoga Media: How to Improve Inclusivity and Establish a Representative Website.

  • Reversing Commodification: Reconfiguring Feminism for the Contemporary World.

  • Detecting the Silent Crime of Motherhood in British Crime Dramas: A Close Analysis of Happy Valley’s Catherine Cawood and Broadchurch’s Ellie Miller

  • The Politics of Representation and Identification of Asian and Asian American Cultural Identity in Popular Music: The Case Study of 88rising.

  • Oh Femininity! Up Yours! British Punk women and their Subversions of 'Femininity': The Forgotten anarchists

  • The Commodification of Black Identities and Hip-hop in the Trainer Industry: From Run-DMC to Kanye West

  • Online Child Stars and 'Kidfluencers': Child Labour Themes in Social Media Marketing

  • The changing roles of producers and consumers in the global media discourse: An analysis of the luxury brand Chanel’s culture and marketing strategy

History of Art

Here are some examples of the dissertation titles submitted by our final-year students.

  • Between two bodies: Harmony and the human spirit in Le Corbusier’s architecture

  • Pan Yuliang – Modern ‘Mistress’: Deconstructing the prostitute myth

  • Representing “South Asian” Art in the UK: From the Festival of India, to the New North and South Network

  • Raunchy, Radical and Revolutionary: An Exploration of Obscenity in Russian Actionist Art (1990-2020)

  • The Disrupting Narratives of Francesca Woodman

  • My Garden’s Boundaries are the Horizon: Queering History in Derek Jarman’s Garden

  • Reassessing the interdisciplinary relationship between Edward Hopper and Film

  • Can a country house garden function as a successful museum? A critical analysis of Wrest Park, Bedfordshire, in the care of English Heritage

  • ‘We're in Business to Save the Home Planet’: The Patagonia Paradox

  • An Investigation into the Visual Culture of AIDS

  • How to Win Funds and Influence People: Encouraging Donations Through Exhibition Design