A welcome to Art and Design at DMU. Moving images of facilities in the Vijay Patel building including, painting, glass blowing, design work and views of the building.

Welcome to Art and Design

Our Art and Design courses are at the forefront of innovation with a creative community that aligns seamlessly with industry and big brands to help prepare students for the dynamic demands of the creative industries.

The Leicester School of Art, established in 1870, evolved through many incarnations including the Leicester Colleges of Art and Technology and Leicester Polytechnic. Our reputation for quality and distinctiveness in teaching and research is a direct result of our long heritage.

The award-winning Vijay Patel building brings all our art and design courses together into a striking creative hub. It has been designed to provide the space to foster both creative and technical skills.

We have 25 industry-standard workshops and extensive specialist equipment from traditional hand tools to cutting edge digital technologies. Our flexible work spaces and state-of-the-art studios provide students with the perfect environment to experiment with different processes and discover new passions.

Each course has dedicated studio spaces created to mimic professional practice and encourage collaboration between students. In this exciting and motivating environment, expert tutors and technicians empower students to express themselves and discover their true potential.  

One building...a world of possibilities

Take a look at this stunning showcase of our Vijay Patel Building, home to DMU’s art and design courses.


Leicester Gallery

Leicester Gallery provides a rich resource for DMU’s students and staff and many others beyond our campus with unique opportunities to participate in projects, and encounter world-class artists.

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Our course areas

Our facilities




Art and Design Degree Show

Our Art and Design Degree Show celebrates the talent and innovative work of our final year art, architecture, design, fashion and textiles students. The exhibition showcases exciting creations by the next generation of artists and designers across our art and design courses.

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See for yourself

Come and see the building for yourself at one of our Open Days and find out more about our undergraduate and postgraduate art and design courses at DMU.

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Do you want to speak to someone about their experiences at De Montfort University? Start a chat with our friendly ambassadors now.

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