School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Welcome to the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies! Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting (or returning to) your studies. Make sure you read the ‘all students’ info first – this covers things like tasks you need to complete before the start of term, safety procedures on your course and where to go for more information or support.

Then scroll to the section that applies to you – new student or returning student. We’ve also included some helpful links at the bottom to direct you to anything else you might need.

If you’re a postgraduate researcher, find your faculty welcome and induction information to help you get started


All students

What do I need to do before I arrive? 

Whether you’re a new or returning student you need to make sure you register and enrol for your modules online and keep an eye on your University email. 

Will I be required to attend face-to-face sessions? 

Lectures will take place online, but seminar and group discussion sessions will be in person where possible. Studio and workshop sessions will be a combination of in person and online, you will be given details on how these will work during your Programme Induction meetings. Of course any local shutdowns or changes to government guidance may force us to make changes to our teaching plans.  

Where can I go for support?  

Our School Support Officer is Alison Martin ( There’s more information about the support available at  You will also receive a School Handbook which includes information on all of the key staff in the School including programme leaders and how you can contact them.  

For module choice and enrolment, VLE and Minerva and taught student support enquiries email 

For exam and assessment enquiries email  

For timetabling and tutorial allocation queries email 

To contact the school reps and student leaders directly email 

You can also approach your module tutors and academic personal tutors for any support or guidance that you need. 



You will be invited to a School Welcome Meeting and a Programme Induction meeting during the week starting 21st September. Your timetable will appear in your student timetable via Minerva. More information including links to your ‘virtual meetings’ and staff introductions are available on our Minerva page here.

How will I have my say on my programme and school? 

You’ll have the opportunity to give feedback anonymously during your module. You can also feedback through your School Representatives and Student Leaders who attend the Staff Student Forum; they meet two times a semester (students can volunteer to be Student Leaders themselves). 
You can also approach your Programme Leader at any time via email or during office hours. 

How will I be able to provide feedback on the delivery of my modules? 

You can feed back on your modules though module feedback surveys on Minerva and can also approach your Module Leader at any time via email or during office hours. 


I’m a new student

How will I meet my academic personal tutor? How will academic personal tutoring work? 

You will have the opportunity to meet your personal tutor in the first couple of weeks. There will also be individual meetings throughout the year. Personal tutors will be in contact with you via email. Feel free to contact your personal tutor any time throughout the year.  

How will I find out more about my programme? 

You’ll find out more in your Programme Induction Meeting.

How will I get to know other students? 

Your School Reps annd Student Leaders are working on plans for upcoming events and will communicate these to you from their Student Voice email account nearer the time. 

Are there any specialist software or systems that I need for my programme and where do I find out information about it?  

You can access Minerva, Collaborate, Outlook email/calendar, Teams and OneDrive, through your University account. You’ll be given guidance on these from the University and the School. 

What is the role of course representatives and how do I volunteer? 

Course representatives (or Student Leaders as they are referred to in FAHACS) are important in representing your views in the School. Student Leaders are empowered to make positive student-led change to improve the student experience. The role involves liaising and feeding back to your peers, attending and participating in the Staff-Student Forum and organising social events. 
Nominations for Student Leaders will open at the beginning of induction week.

Are there any societies I can join for the school/programme? 

There are no specific ones for the school but lots of societies are offered via Leeds University Union. 

How does assessment work on my programme and what support is provided with academic skills? 

Different modules use different forms of assessment. They are set out in the module catalogue and will be explained by your tutors, who will give you full support for assessments and offer advice. Assessments are weighted and your final mark for all modules is a combination of all the marks for required assessments for that module. 


I’m a returning student

How will my programme be delivered this year? 

Further Information will be provided by the School closer to the start of term. More information including links to your ‘virtual meetings’ and staff introductions are available on our Minerva page by clicking here.


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