We welcome applications from mature students, which is anyone over 21 years, with no upper age limit. Mature Learners enrich the student learning experience and contribute fully to life at the University.

Mature students study with us across the range of our courses, at both further and higher education levels. Often starting by engaging with the University's short courses and events to work towards an application to study at further or higher education or at postgraduate level.

Even if you don’t have conventional entry qualifications, we offer many opportunities for adults with the right motivation, potential and aptitude. Previous achievements and work experience, as well as any examples of your art and design work, will be taken into consideration (this is called accreditation of prior learning, or APL).

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Our course tutors will offer academic support to help you successfully complete your course as well as guiding you in making future choices.

If you would like to discuss your qualifications and experience or any other issues such as finance for a course or childcare, please contact the Student Welfare Team. You may be able to get support with childcare costs; read our finance FAQs page.


This 3 day Easter School, led by the Progression team each year, is aimed at ambitious, creative mature learners, who want to find out more about entering higher education, the degree programmes we offer at Leeds Arts University and experience what university life is all about. A mature learner is anyone over 21 years.

Save the dates for 2016!

Tuesday 29th March to Thursday 31st March 2016

Day 1 - Inspire: In the 2015 summer school we visited the amazing Discovery Centre in Leeds, home to 1.3 million objects, to gather visual research and inspiration to work on over the three days. We normally plan a visit to a collection or an exhibition as a valuable learning resource, to inform our creative visual research and to expand our own cultural capital.

Day 2 - Create: Inspired by the rich research gathering in day 1 today is focused on developing ideas, drawing, photography and discussion. We will gain further knowledge and learning by a lecture and our Student Ambassadors, who are mature learners themselves, will give you a tour of the University. This is an opportunity to ask lots of questions. We also plan exciting creative activities utilising our specialist resources and workshops at Blenheim Walk. 

Day 3 - Reflection and feedback: On day 3 we run a group critique. This is an opportunity for reflection of what you have achieved and to receive feedback about your work. Then we allow some more time and development in the workshop to develop new ideas and build upon your creative learning and skills.

You can download an application form here.

Please email to


or post to

The Progression team, Leeds Arts University, Blenheim Walk, LS2 9AQ

Please let us know if you have any access or dietary requirements.

Here are some of the photos of the 2015 Mature Learners Easter School and feedback of the experience given by the participants.

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Some feedback from our mature learners who took part this year;

‘The Student Ambassadors are a credit to the University. Friendly and very informative.  Amazing level of art work. My mind is exploding with ideas now, thanks to the Progression Easter School’

‘A worthwhile experience for anyone considering going back to education. The Easter school gives enough of a taste of University life (facilities, activities and student life through speaking to ambassadors) that it peaked my creative interest and sparked and inspiration’ 

‘It has helped me think far more seriously about taking the opportunity of doing a degree, to have the 3 days listening and talking to student ambassadors and the other people on the course has helped me feel more comfortable about going into higher education’

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