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External Partners

Leeds School of Art researchers have developed a diverse strategic network of collaborative organisation partnerships across the region supporting school research activities and student experience. Highlighted below are just some of our recent research partnerships and project activities.


Music:Leeds acts as a centralised point to support, develop, grow and promote music in the city across all levels, genres and cultures. Running projects, events, workshops, creating networking opportunities, and signposting information on music in Leeds. We work with individuals, artists, musicians, local organisations and businesses, funding bodies, local and national government and national music industry bodies.


Leeds Dance Partnership supports and celebrates amazing dance in Leeds and beyond, led by world-class organisations and independent dance artists based in the city: Northern Ballet; Yorkshire Dance; Northern School of Contemporary Dance; Leeds Playhouse; Phoenix Dance Theatre; and Leeds Beckett University. A member of the independent dance community also sits on our board. We believe that by working collaboratively, we can do more and have a much bigger impact.


The International Association of Film and Television Schools (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision – CILECT) was founded in Cannes, France, in 1954 at the proposal of Marcel L’Herbier (IDHEC President) and Rémy Tessonneau (IDHEC General Director) who gathered together for the first time higher education film school representatives from France, Italy, Poland, Spain, UK, USA and USSR. By 2020 CILECT includes over 180 audio-visual educational institutions from 65 countries on 6 continents with 9,000+ teachers and staff that annually train 55,000+ students and communicate with an alumni network over 1,330,000+ strong.

CILECT believes in the inherent inter-connectivity of humankind and fully supports creativity, diversity, cross-cultural thinking and sustainable development as fundamental prerequisites to human existence and progress.

CILECT is committed to developing and promoting the highest standards of education, research and training for film, television and related media through establishing and organizing global and regional forums for the exchange of artistic, pedagogical, methodological and managerial best practices for all its members. 



JAMES is a consortium of music, entertainment and media industry organisations collaborating in the support of education and promotion of excellence.

Assessed by industry professionals, we engage with education primarily through our Course Accreditation process which is designed to endorse relevance, quality and continuing innovation throughout the student curriculum.

This not only equips students for a rapidly changing industry, but also ensures that many years of industry experience are not lost to future generations.

JAMES continues to promote supportive links between between industry and education.


The 'National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image' is a forum for debate on teaching the practice of filmmaking in Higher Education.

We showcase a selection of students’ productions at national festivals such as Encounters and Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

Every year we organise Eat Our Shorts (EOS), a dynamic festival of student shorts from the Nahemi membership. EOS offers members a high profile opportunity to showcase their students’ work and provides a unique student-led cultural experience as well as an opportunity for debate and networking.

Every year we offer a number of prestigious awards for students’ productions. For example, we offer a Creativity and Innovation award, and a Cinematography award at Encounters and we select the Best Film festival prize at Ffresh in Wales. Prizes have been sponsored by Kodak, ARRI, Avid, Directors UK, NFTS, LFS and Panasonic.

We organise competitions for student filmmakers including the prestigious Nahemi/Kodak Student Commercial awards with 16mm stock donated by Kodak, and live briefs set by the advertising industry.

We hold an annual conference ‘Talking Shop’ where members can propose papers on sharing good practice and raising key areas of interest and concern for debate.

We are represented on and/or regularly contribute to a variety of national and international organisations, including CHEAD, CILECT, GEECT, MeCCSA, Screenskills, the BFI, the British Council and the Higher Education Academy.