There are strong links between creativity and dyslexia, and other specific learning differences (SpLD), and mental health. Improving confidence in your academic study skills can enhance how you talk about your creative practice.

We offer support across both Further (FE) and Higher Education (HE) and our Learning and Academic Support teams are always happy to talk to students about what support the university can offer.

The FE Learning Support team is made up of: study skills tutors and a learning mentor and is based at our Vernon Street Campus.

The HE Academic Support team is made up of: DSA-funded specialist study skills tutors and a specialist learning mentor and is based at our Blenheim Walk Campus.

Head of Student Support: Katrina Welsh

Academic Support Advisor: Hannah-Freya Blake

Support by Level of Study

Learning Support in Further Education (FE)

The FE learning support we provide is specific to the art and design nature of your learning and can help you develop your independent study skills.

We offer, for example:

  • Support with written work, annotating sketchbooks and presentations
  • Regular support sessions for students with dyslexia and other SpLDs/disabilities/conditions
  • Mentor support for students with emotional/social and mental health differences

Academic Support in Higher Education (HE)

The Academic Support team can give specialist advice and support if you have, or think you might have, dyslexia or another SpLD/disability/condition.

We offer, for example, support with:

  • Interpreting briefs
  • Written work and presentations
  • Group work
  • Reading and making notes
  • Note taking
  • Citing and referencing

We can also help keep your studies on track by helping to:

  • Improve your organisation and time management skills
  • Develop your critical thinking
  • Reduce stress at academic pinch points

We do this by providing:

  • Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) funded 1:1 support sessions
  • General drop-in sessions for all undergraduate students
  • Online academic support materials available on eStudio

Support for Students with Dyslexia and other SpLD/Disabilities/Conditions

Accessing Support

If you declared your dyslexia/SpLD/disability/condition on your application form - you will be invited to attend a meeting with our Disability Advisor to discuss your support at University and be given advice and guidance, if you are eligible, on applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA).

If you have already been allocated DSA support - 1:1 support tutorials will be arranged with our specialist staff. Please don’t worry – your specialist study skills tutor/specialist mentor will contact you.

If you are in the process of applying for DSA and you need some additional support - you can sign up for our general drop-in study skills sessions.

For further details, please contact our Academic Support Advisor, Hannah-Freya Blake at

Dyslexia Screening

We provide:

  • Confidential and informal discussions about dyslexia and other SpLD/disabilities/conditions
  • An initial checklist for identifying dyslexic traits, which we deliver in sessions for all incoming Level 4 students
  • If dyslexic traits have been identified, a dyslexia adult screening test (DAST)
  • If appropriate, signposting and help arranging a full diagnostic assessment
  • Again, if appropriate, support applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)


Leeds Arts University supports eligible Level 4 students with funding for the full diagnostic assessment. We require a deposit of £60 which is refunded once you have taken the assessment.

Learning with Dyslexia Film

Applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)

DSA provides extra help for students who have a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difference (SpLD) like dyslexia or dyspraxia.

You can find out more, and watch a video, about how and when to apply at the following webpage:

Don’t worry! Our team’s Disability Advisor is here to help you with this process, including:

  • Guidance on whether you are eligible
  • Support making your application
  • Advice on providing the required evidence
  • Assistance arranging your Needs Assessment
  • Supporting you through the DSA process
  • Answering questions/worries you may have

English as Another Language

English Language Support

Leeds Arts University has a specialist EAL tutor who can provide English language classes and support with your study skills development. This includes support with the planning and structure of written work, use of academic language and time management skills.

For further information please contact Robert Hutchinson at