Our students welcome the opportunity to collaborate with businesses and other organisations.

Our students have huge amounts of talent and enthusiasm to offer businesses, and we invite you to take them up on that offer. You’ll benefit from their objective thinking, creative talent, hard work and motivation. In return, our students benefit enormously from learning to handle a real brief from a real client; few things prepare them better for the world of work. We will help you develop your brief and can shortlist appropriate students for your project.

Live briefs & idea-generation

Do you have a business problem that would benefit from fresh eyes and an injection of left-field thinking? We are particularly interested in working with businesses not directly related to the creative industries, such as engineers, scientists and computer software companies. Need our students to design a better healthcare product? Or a user interface? Or come up with a creative advertising campaign for you?


Our students are regularly commissioned by businesses to produce works of art – from sculptures to paintings, photographic works and more, perhaps as a piece of public art or to display at the company’s head office. Businesses find this process refreshing, as interpretations of their brief will be innovative and will vary across different media. Our students have produced commissioned work for hotels, businesses, property developments, restaurants and educational establishments, to name a few.


Our students would love to work with your business on a live brief, commission or competition. If you have a project in mind, or would just like to chat through a possible opportunity, please email employability@leeds-art.ac.uk.