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Liverpool School of Art and Design

Welcome to Liverpool School of Art and Design

Valuing innovation and enterprise since 1825.

In 1825 we opened our doors, becoming the first school of art and design in England outside of London. Since making that first bold move, we’ve continued to push boundaries. Today, our community of artists, designers, illustrators and architects deliver cutting-edge programmes, produce high-impact research and work alongside some of the world’s most iconic cultural leaders.

Liverpool School of Art and Design is a vibrant and inspirational creative art environment where students are encouraged to be innovative, exceptional and imaginative.

Our specialities and research

Research is at the forefront of our work

Liverpool School of Art and Design has produced quality research and was ranked 33rd in the UK for research outputs in the latest assessment (Research Excellence Framework 2014). Our key research fields include:

  • Architecture
  • Fashion Design and Communication, practice and theory
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design and Illustration
  • History of Art
  • Spatial Design

ART LABS, the Research Centre for Liverpool School of Art and Design, includes a number of key research labs.

Face Lab is the only creative research group in the UK dedicated to faces and identification – is based within our School and is set to make Liverpool a centre of excellence for craniofacial analysis, facial depiction and forensic art. In addition to this, in 2012 we established the Exhibition Research Lab - an internationally-prominent gallery that focuses on the study of exhibitions. It is also used to showcase student work and to teach curatorial practice. Other research groups include the Contemporary Art Lab, Uses of Art Lab and the Design Lab. These research labs contribute to the research profile of the School and are led by research active academics.

Although research is central to our School, we are also engaged with the local arts world and have developed rich cultural partnerships with a variety of institutions, including Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial, Bluecoat, RIBA North and FACT. We have also been involved with Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool Designival, TypoLondon Conference, Homotopia, DaDaFest, a creative conference called OFFSET Dublin Design Conference and an independent festival called LIV-BCN.

As well as working locally, our School values our international links, which have developed via our John Moores Painting Prize in China, which is organised by Shanghai University and encourages Chinese artists to submit their contemporary art work into this popular competition. Watch this video to learn more about the 2016 John Moores Painting Prize:


Liverpool School of Art and Design also involved with the ERASMUS scheme and the Inprint Exchange, which saw staff and students sell their work in Germany.

Learn more about our research

John Lennon Art and Design Building - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

We opened the first school of art and design outside London

Our School is ranked 33rd in the UK for research outputs


of BA (Hons) Architecture and BA (Hons) Fashion students were satisfied with their course (NSS)

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