Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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Independent Learning, Skills and Employability

As a taught student, you have regular lectures, seminars and personal tutorials and attend workshops, studio sessions and supervision meetings. In addition, a substantial part of your time is taken up with independent learning. Although your tutors and lecturers are not with you during this time, such learning is tightly structured around your learning needs.

Independent learning includes time spent in the library, reading and planning for lectures and essays, working on projects and revising for exams. You also engage with the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This is the digital hub for your modules. Here you access podcasts, virtual seminars, workbooks, additional reading and learning materials; you also find links to other useful information.

You are further expected to work independently on your skills. The University provides additional sessions and online tutorials via Skills@Library. Here you can work on your writing, presentation and research skills, but also improve, for example, your time management or numeracy.

Employability skills can be developed in a Careers Preparation module for arts and culture, in conversation with School alumni and in one-to-one meetings with a career adviser.

Wider learning opportunities include study trips, curation projects, talks by visiting artists and researchers as well as showcases and conferences. You can also get involved in Leeds University Students’ Union work or act as a student ambassador in the School or University.

Other types of experience and opportunities can be found in the wider city environment (artists groups, volunteering in schools, internships in museums and galleries, work placements, and many more). Leeds for Life is a digital platform which supports your extra-curricular and more long-term career planning.

The aim of the School is not just to furnish you with a degree in your subject area, but also to enable you to become independent and well-rounded individuals who, equipped with a whole range of transferable and critical skills, have the confidence and experience to become successful in your endeavours beyond university life.

For more information please go to:

Skills@Library: http://library.leeds.ac.uk/skills

Leeds for Life: https://leedsforlife.leeds.ac.uk/About.aspx

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