De Montfort University

Leicester, UK

The Vijay Patel Building is part of DMU’s Campus Transformation Project; the building itself will be split into three main areas – the Arts Tower development, the Design Wing and the Food Court.

The Vijay Patel Building offers sector-leading facilities to students. The Arts Tower accommodates the new Leicester School of Art which, together with the Design Wing, covers the full spectrum of visual arts, design and architecture. There will be a new cutting-edge Digital Arts floor, an experimental space for new developments in visual culture, along with the excellent and much expanded facilities for traditional objective drawing, making it an unrivalled environment in which students can create and express.

One of the main advantages of the new centre is that it brings all of the art and design subjects, as well as their workshops, under one roof. The building also houses printmaking, casting and photographic facilities, as well as workshops traditionally associated with the design disciplines such as glass, ceramics and rapid prototyping. In addition, the centre hosts “The Gallery” the largest space of its kind in Leicester, displaying student, staff and external artwork.

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