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School of Film, Music & Performing Arts


New £80m Creative Arts Building

Work is currently underway to develop a new state-of-the-art hub for creative education in the city.

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Channel 4 chooses Leeds

‘Compelling, ambitious and diverse’

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The axis where creativity and technology meet 

The School of Film, Music & Performing Arts fosters a culture of creation and participation. We are proud shapers of, and contributors to, the cultural life of this great Northern city – a city that is the original birthplace of film. We nurture the arts pioneers of the future: influencers who will not just reflect the outside world, but impact upon it.

This culture is enabled by a team of experienced practitioners and academics who produce award-winning work of international repute. We foster an immersive environment that breeds originality, invention and ambition. Join our community of producers, led by staff such as David Bowie music producer Ken Scott and Oscar nominated cinematographer Phil Robertson; and our community of alumni, such as Piers and Kesi from Rudimental and Oscar winner Peter Baumann. This is a school of learning and practice, but also of research. Students, with staff, are currently contributing to a number of live, funded projects, including the exploration of film and performance as a contributor to positive mental health and active ageing and creating a new type of documentary film, ‘Mansfield 66/67’ with Hollywood producers.

From contemporary dance and theatre, to documentary film and epic soundtracks; take advantage of our unique links with the cultural and creative industries, regionally, nationally and internationally. Exposure to professional bodies is integral to the student experience – from our Performing Arts Students being taught at Northern Ballet and Yorkshire Dance and performing at the Edinburgh Festival; to our film students working on ITV drama ‘Victoria’ and on the visuals for the Glastonbury Festival; to our music students working on live events such as the Audio and Radio Industry Awards and performing at national festivals such as Leeds-Reading and Latitude. Learning from the best, from day one.

This expertise and exposure is enhanced by the highly respected (and accredited) nature of our course design. For example, our Northern Film School (creators of over 200 films a year) was recently rated as one of the top 5 International film schools in the world to watch by the Hollywood Reporter, and in 2016 our MA in Filmmaking achieved 100% graduate employment.

Learning and teaching at this School is enabled by state-of-the-art technology. We have ten professional-quality recording studios, 5 professional film studios in the heart of the Leeds ITV media hub, acoustics labs, spatial audio and post-production facilities, and dedicated rehearsal spaces for dance, performance and choreography.

This is a School for people who want to be part of something bigger – part of a thriving region and a renowned University – to be at the axis of where creativity and technology meet; to understand and redefine the territory of creative practice in the 21st century. Because all day, every day, our mission is to nurture a multi-talented and multi-skilled community of creative professionals who have the knowledge, skill and expertise to make and be the difference we all need.

Transforming music: "No-one does a first take like David Bowie" - Kenn Scott - School of Film, Music & Performing Arts
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Our Research

Our School is home to innovative research across the creative arts including film production, cinema culture, music composition, performance and production, dance, and performing arts

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Our Facilities

Dance Studio

Dance Studio

Our new professional performance studio provides an open and spacious environment to the study the live art practices of theatre, dance and radio plays.

Film Editing Suite

Film Editing Suite

Our Northern Film School at the Electric Press has dedicated edit suites featuring industry-standard technology, enabling projects to be accessed from any edit station in the building.

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Prime Studios

At our Prime Studios base we have the North’s largest infinity cove studio, with drive-in vehicle access, green room, changing rooms and make-up stations.

Film Studio Set

Film Studio Set

Our Northern Film School at the Electric Press has purpose-built, fully-equipped studio spaces to enable the building of substantial film sets and props.

Live Music Room

Live Music Room

Our specialist live music room has a control room and live area for instruments and amps, plus mixing facilities and editing suites.

Music Studio

Music Studio

Our specialist music studios will give you the tools to write, produce and record music the way you want – it's an opportunity to hit the right notes in mixing your own tunes for music, games audio and TV.

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Dr Teresa Brayshaw

Teresa Brayshaw, Principal Lecturer in Film, Music & Performing Arts describes her research interests in just 60 seconds.
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School News

New Year Honours at Leeds Beckett

Former students and staff at Leeds Beckett University have been recognised in the New Year Honours.

New international project to boost adults’ involvement in theatre

Performance academics at Leeds Beckett University are collaborating with arts organisations across Europe to develop new, non-verbal methods of adult theatre education and increase participation in theatre.

Academic work featured as part of major exhibitions

An 11-year collaboration between Mark Carey, Senior Lecturer in the Northern Film School, and contemporary artist Jasmina Cibic has led to their work featuring in two major exhibitions.

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