Department profile

Liverpool School of Art and Design

Liverpool John Moores University
2020/21 edition

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About Liverpool School of Art and Design

Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Art and Design has an international reputation for its cutting-edge degree programmes, high-impact research and the work it does with some of the world’s most iconic cultural leaders.

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.

Research is at the forefront of our work

Liverpool School of Art and Design believes in the importance of an actively researching, practicing staff and student body. Our research feeds our teaching and is co-ordinated through ART LABS.

Research is central to our School. We are 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, Sensor City and FACT. We have also been involved in Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool Designival, TypoLondon Conference, Homotopia, DaDaFest, Aarhus University, 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. For example, we are involved in the ERASMUS scheme and the Inprint Exchange, which saw staff and students sell their work in Germany. Chinese partnerships 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 John Moores Painting Prize.

Liverpool School of Art and Design's facilities

John Lennon Art and Design Building
The £27 million John Lennon Art and Design Building was designed by leading architect Rick Mather and was awarded the RIBA award for Architecture. This iconic six-storey building offers purpose built art and design facilities with seminar rooms, galleries, catering and exhibition space and stunning roof terraces with spectacular city views.

Skills workshop
Our School is equipped with quality workshops, including those related to: technology, laser scanning equipment, 3D-printers, modelling, texturing, animation and haptic reconstruction software. In addition to this, Printing, Life Art and Photography workshops are available to all students and Liverpool Fab Lab is also based in the School.

Social learning spaces
Our School fosters an environment of challenge and debate, which is why we have crafted social learning spaces throughout our School building, including a café and roof terraces.

The Exhibition Research Lab
The Exhibition Research Lab studies the history or exhibitions and the publishing of books. However, it is also used to exhibit student work and to teach curatorial practice. Our Centre attracts visitors from all over the world and was voted as one of the top 10 art venues in Liverpool by The Guardian.

Digital Fabrication Lab (FABLAB)
Nestled in in the lower ground floor of the JLADB, the School’s new Fab Lab is a shared resource for students across all programme areas. Featuring the latest in devices and equipment, such as 3D printers, scanners, CNC and laser cutters, the Fab Lab enables students to turn their creative ideas into reality, from model building to development of prototypes and fine engraving under the guidance of an experienced technical team.

Studio spaces
Our School has designated studio space for students to pursue their practice. The studio environment fosters a community of art and design activities and interchange of creative ideas between students.

Contact details

John Lennon Art and Design Building
Duckinfield Street
L3 5RD