Academic Regulations 2020-21

Academic Regulations 2020-21

The Academic Regulations provide a definitive source for the formally-approved regulations for students enrolled on an undergraduate or postgraduate course awarded by Leeds Arts University.  These regulations should not be read in isolation - it is important that you read them in conjunction with other documents available on Portal or eStudio, including Student Handbooks, Course and Module Specifications, and policies and procedures.  If you are in doubt about any aspect of the information presented, including requiring clarification of any points within the Academic Regulations, you should consult your course team. The Academic Regulations that are applicable to you depend on the course you are studying - please see below.

Academic Regulations for postgraduate courses

If you are studying on one of the below postgraduate courses, please click here.

MA Animation
MA Creative Practice
MA Creature Design

MA Curation Practices
MA Digital Fashion
MA Fine Art
MA Graphic Design
MA Graphic Novel
MA Illustration
MA Photography
MA Worldbuilding

Academic Regulations for undergraduate courses

Changes to academic Regulations Undergraduate Courses 2020-21

Due to the continued extraordinary disruption to the University’s academic business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, changes have been made to Academic Regulations Undergraduate Courses 2020-21. The changes are set out in this document. The Academic Regulations these changes apply to can be found below.

If you are studying on one of the below undergraduate courses please click here

BA (Hons) Animation
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
BA (Hons) Illustration

If you are studying on one of the below undergraduate courses please click here

BA (Hons) Comic & Concept Art
BA (Hons) Creative Advertising
BA (Hons) Creative Writing

BA (Hons) Fashion Branding with Communication
BA (Hons) Fashion Design
BA (Hons) Fashion Photography

BA (Hons) Filmmaking
BA (Hons) Fine Art
BA (Hons) Photography
BA (Hons) Textile Design

BA (Hons) Visual Communication
BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance

Student Handbook

The Undergraduate and Postgraduate Student Handbook summarises important University information for all higher education courses at Leeds Arts University. If you require access to the Student Handbooks for the year 2020-21, please contact the Quality Office (

Course Information

The Course Specification provides information about what, when and how you will learn, including the expected standard of the award you are studying towards. You will find your Course Specification on the Our Courses page.

The Module Specifications outline the aims and objectives of each module that you will study, including module content, credit values and assessment. Your Course Handbook tells you about your course and how you can make the best use of your opportunities whilst studying here. Module Specifications and Course Handbooks are available to view on eStudio (internal only), alongside further details about your course, modules and assessment. 

Policies and Procedures

Please access the following policies within the relevant Academic Regulations above.

Academic Appeal Policy
Academic Misconduct Policy
Extenuating Circumstances Policy
Recognition of Prior Learning Policy (Higher Education)

Please use the links below for the following policies and procedures.

If you require access to a document listed below for the year 2020-21 that does not have a link available, please contact the Quality Office ( and a member of staff will be happy to provide you with a copy. 

Academic Appeal Procedure
Academic Engagement Policy
Anti Bullying and Harassment Policy
Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech and Expression
Data Protection Policy
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy
Ethics Policy
Fitness to Study Policy and Procedure
HE Academic Misconduct Procedure
HE Extenuating Circumstances Procedure

HE Student Complaints and Resolution Policy and Procedure
HE Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) 2020-21
Library Loan Policy
Refund and Compensation Policy
Smoking Policy
Student Alcohol and Drug Misuse Policy
Student Disciplinary Procedure
Student Loan of Equipment Policy


Academic Appeal Form
Extenuating Circumstances Application Form
Request to Change Course Form (Undergraduate)
Request to Change Course or Mode of Study Form (Postgraduate)

Student Complaint Form 
Student Ethical Approval Form
Suspension Form (Undergraduate)
Withdrawal Form (Undergraduate)
Suspension Form (Postgraduate)
Withdrawal Form (Postgraduate)

Other important documents

Academic Integrity Statement
Extenuating Circumstances Panel Dates 2020-21
Guidance for changing courses or changing modes processes
Guidance on Reasonable Adjustments
HESA Student Collection Notice 2020-21
Recording of photographic still and moving images on University premises
Student Access to University Premises
Student Charter 2020-21
Terms and Conditions for Higher Education Students 2020-21
What equality law means for you as a student in further or higher education