Art and design facilities
The award-winning Vijay Patel Building brings all of our art and design courses together providing inspiring, flexible spaces, studios and facilities which invite creativity and innovation.
Students use our state-of-the-art workshops, labs and studios to experiment and test in the same way they will in industry. There is access to advanced and precise laser cutters, 3D scanning / 3D printing, milling and rapid prototyping machines. Alongside model making, small scale video production and a high-performance computing facility with a range of software and analysis tools that can be used for teaching and research purposes.
We will provide access to CAD facilities benefiting from a range of software and analysis tools, such as AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds max, Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp, Rhino / Grasshopper, V-Ray, Design Builder and NHER Plan Assessor. Measuring equipment will be provided including Leica Sprinter 50 Levels, Leico Disto D110 Laser Distance Measurers and Protimeter Digital Moisture Meters and the Faro 3D scanner on site.
Take a look at our stunning showcase of the building at dmu.ac.uk/aad
You will also benefit from resources and support in the Architecture and Design Resource Centre, our online learning space.
More flexible ways to learn
We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.
Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.
The home of De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team.