Our reputation

School of Design

Top 5 for Art & Design in the UK

We are a highly ranked and reputable School of Design. We are proud of our performance in major league tables, including being ranked 5th in the UK for Art and Design in the 2025 Complete University Guide.

The School of Design is part of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures which was placed 51st in the world in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2024.

Research reputation 

Our staff are leading experts in their field and many regularly contribute to research on contemporary issues such as the impact of design on sustainability, healthcare, food, cultural impact and industry practice. This research influences our teaching and therefore, whatever future career path you decide to take, you will have a well-rounded and up-to-date knowledge of the design and technology industry. 

Industry recognition 

We also have a strong reputation with industrial partners, as well as public and third-sector partners, locally, nationally and across the world. This means that we are able to offer our students many opportunities to network with potential future employers and our graduates from the School of Design are highly regarded.  

Sophie Prentice BA Fashion Marketing (Industrial)

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I knew as soon as I came to Leeds that it was the place for me. The course was my clear favourite of those I had looked at, and so I was hoping everything else on my visit would live up to it. I loved the campus and the city, and all the teaching staff were lovely. One thing I particularly liked about the School of Design at Leeds was its location in the centre of the university, as this was not the case at the other universities I visited. I think it’s exciting to study a design-based subject in a city that was built on the Textiles industry!
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