Final year BA (Hons) Visual Communication student Katie Glover, chats to us about her love for heritage sites, the support from tutors at the University, and the exciting job she has lined up once she graduates...

Why did you choose to study at Leeds Arts University?

I chose Leeds Arts University because I wanted to study art outside of London and was really impressed by the variety of courses on offer, and BA (Hons) Visual Communication was a really unique course that I hadn’t seen on offer anywhere else. I also really liked the feel of the campus and the standard of the facilities when I went on the open day which I hadn’t seen anywhere else.

Image: Courtesy of Katie Glover

How does Leeds Arts University help you develop your practice?

The tutors at Leeds Arts University have been integral to the development of my practice. As it is a smaller university, you get much more one-to-one time with tutors and can develop a really good working relationship with them, and the Vis Com tutors have so much specialist knowledge. The facilities and the equipment on offer is super extensive, giving you the opportunity to develop in so many different areas.

Tell us which resources and facilities you use the most, and how they help you develop your practice.

I mostly use the Photography Studios and Video/3D Workshops as my practice specialises in photography and video. The University also loans out industry standard photography equipment. Having this access has been really key to my development.

The photography resource staff are always happy to help you with the kit as well and I have to mention the computer resource staff too, who have always been super accommodating with help on Adobe software, especially during the pandemic with online tutorials!

Film: Courtesy of Katie Glover

What do you plan to do after University?

After university I have a job lined up at Bradford Cathedral as a Digital Content and Social Media Assistant, combining my passion for history and heritage sites with my skills in photography and video content creation. The skills I've learned at university have given me the perfect experience for the career I want. I was even able to get experience working with a heritage site through alumni links in second year which looked great on my CV!

Image: Courtesy of Katie Glover

What makes Leeds a good place to study?

Leeds is an amazing place for so many reasons. It’s a vibrant and busy place with so much on offer, so no matter what you’re into there will always be something for you to do. Even though it's such a large city I have always felt safe in Leeds and I plan to stay living here after uni. I have found so much inspiration here during my studies and have based whole projects on local places - in my first year I made a whole project about Kirkstall Abbey and in second year I filmed at Temple Newsam, two amazing local heritage sites.