We caught up with Bronte Hall from BA (Hons) Illustration to find out why she decided to study at Leeds Arts University and what her plans are after University…

Why did you choose Leeds Arts University?

Having never visited Leeds before, I chose Leeds Arts University mainly because of the course. The focus on the studio environment, the smaller intake of students as well as it being the only specialist arts university in the North were all deciding factors.

What made you select BA (Hons) Illustration?

At previous levels of study, I had to take either Graphics or Fine Art, whereas Illustration bridges the gap between design and art. Illustration encompasses an interesting mix of autonomous personal projects and industry-based external work. It was the open-ended nature of the course with a focus on exploratory image-making that appealed to me.

What do you really enjoy about your course and the University?

The small community feeling is definitely something unique to Leeds Arts University. I have friends who have studied academic courses, and they can attend lectures with up to 300 other students and not get contact time with tutors or even get to know their peers. Apart from that, the wide range of facilities are really accessible and the Workshop Instructors are always willing to help and encourage you.

What do you plan to do after university?

I wish to continue my artistic practice by seeking out opportunities for residencies, creative schemes and exhibitions. Working alongside an arts organisation and exploring the potential of curation, exhibitions and a small-scale publishing are long-term goals that I want to work towards. I want to create and maintain artistic networks and connections and hopefully set something up outside of London!

What makes Leeds a good place to study?

Leeds has a really good arts scene with events, venues, and exhibitions cropping up all of the time. There always seems to be new things happening which not only makes it an exciting place to live but to get involved with creatively, especially as someone with an interest in the arts.