Leeds College of Art

Blenheim-WalkLeeds College of Art has been delivering art and design education from its initial foundation as Leeds School of Art in 1846. Since the 1960s it has delivered higher education commencing with the award of Diploma in Art and Design and evolving into Degree provision during the following decades. In 2012 it transferred into the HE Sector. The College’s culture and character from inception to the present day are indelibly etched with innovation, success, determination and inclusion.

The College currently has a Further Education and Short Course provision, 10 BA programmes, and a fledgling MA programme which commenced in September 2013. The College is a teaching led institution, and whilst research is encouraged and supported (especially in how it links to teaching and the student experience), the College has elected not to submit to the Research Excellent Frame work 2014. We employ just over 300 staff on a full and part time basis. Through research members of staff acquire subject specific expertise, maintain currency with their subject and connect with other academics, all of which feeds into work with students. At Leeds College of Art research ‘clusters’ run across programme areas to promote critical friendship, collaboration and innovation and support specialist practice, pedagogy and related forms of academic enquiry.

Research Lead: Sam Broadhead

Sam Broadhead is currently Head of Research at Leeds College of Art having studied Visual Arts at Lancaster and Art History at Leeds Metropolitan University. Her teaching experience is wide-ranging. She has worked on Access courses, undergraduate and postgraduate art and design programmes and has been appointed to the role of external examiner at the University of Salford.

She is currently undertaking research that enquires into the experiences of mature students studying art and design at HE level using narrative inquiry as both a methodology and a critical lens. The ideas of Gert Biesta and Basil Bernstein are re-contextualised within her analysis of art and design education. This is a development of her previous interests in pedagogy within the art school institution and forms the basis of her doctoral study at the University of Sunderland. She has also been involved with projects funded by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service that aimed to improve Access students’ experiences of transition from Further Education (FE) to Higher Education (HE) by the use of Joint Practice Development (JPD). Participatory action research as a means of developing practices within education has also been an area of interest in Sam’s work.

Research at Leeds College of Art

Our specialist research clusters include:

Pedagogies: Researching experience and the ideas around the pedagogy of art and design

Crossing Borders: Exploring national and international links and cross-disciplinary activity

Curatorial: Exploring collaboration through archives, practice and exhibition opportunities

Technology: Exploring Art and Technology at the intersection of Society

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