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School of Film, Music & Performing Arts


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Beyond: Creative Arts Festival

Showcasing the creative talent of students across our university

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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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A community of trailblazing creative practice

"The School of Film, Music & Performing Arts fosters a culture of ground-breaking creative activity. We nurture the arts pioneers of the future: influencers who will not just reflect the outside world, but shape it, lead it and transform it for the better."

Dr Oliver Bray
Acting Dean

Our School is enriched 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. 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.

Learning from the best, from day one

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.

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

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

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

Creative Arts building topping out ceremony hits the high notes

Leeds Beckett University marked a key milestone for its new £85m Creative Arts building with a ‘topping out’ ceremony featuring an eighth storey guitar performance from LBU student, Jacob Hughes.

Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre awarded Honorary Doctorate

Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, Sharon Watson, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Leeds Beckett University.

Prize-winning Roller Derby song to debut at music and sport conference

Roller Derby, a song by Leeds-based musician and artist Peter Spafford, will be performed for the first time at the Music and Sport: Knowing the Score conference at Emerald Headingley stadium on Wednesday 26 June after it won the event’s songwriting commission curated by Music: Leeds.

School Events

Oct 23

Inside Out - Anat Ben David

Anat Ben-David is an artist-musician who will discuss the creative process and the relationship between the artist and the tools they use.

Oct 30

Inside Out - Professor Anna Abraham

Anna Abraham is the author of The Neuroscience of Creativity (Cambridge University Press) and is a Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett University. She will be talking about the the relationship between cognition and creativity.

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