Most of our programmes provide exciting and challenging opportunities for students to showcase their talent by taking part in live briefs or competitions. 

Live briefs

Leeds Arts University is regularly commissioned by businesses and other organisations to undertake work on real-life projects (often accompanied by a financial reward). The projects are then opened up for student participation. Recent briefs include creating artwork for a bank, hotels and restaurants, and the design of a bronze award for Leeds Institute of Medical Education.  


We also encourage students to enter national and international student competitions in a wide range of disciplines. Some of these are extremely prestigious, and even if you don’t win, the experience of taking part and working to a set brief can be hugely beneficial. 


Participating can lead to amazing opportunities. Your work could be published, shown in the media or even put into production. You might even be offered a job; at the very least, it will deepen your experience and enhance your CV and portfolio. 


Opportunities like these (as well as employment opportunities, internships and career-related workshops) are regularly advertised to students, or communicated through face-to-face briefings, emails, posters and texts. 

Martin Darbyshire

Lifetime Achievement Award for Leeds Institute of Medical Education, created by Martin Derbyshire.