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.
Our Academic Team
Short Courses and CPD
We provide a wide range of short, part-time and accredited courses. Whether you are looking to learn more about film, music or performing arts, considering a change in career or are a professional looking to enhance your skills, we are sure to have a course to suit your needs.
Echochroma New Music Research Group
The Echochroma new music research group consists of four composers and technologists whose work is having an increasing impact in the contemporary music scene, with recent performances, prizes and conference presentations across the globe.
Good News in Brief
Billboard interviews Music academic
Music academic, Ken Scott was interviewed in the prestigious USA music magazine Billboard on the 10 January.
In an article titled ‘David Bowie Producer Ken Scott Remembers the Moment He Realized 'Oh Sh-t, He Could Be Huge!', the legendary producer/engineer looks back on his studio time with Bowie and the Beatles during the late '60s and early '70s.
ITV drama series to feature work by Northern Film School students
ITV’s Victoria , which received the highest drama ratings for ITV last year, is to return for a second series and is currently filming at the Yorkshire Studios in Church Fenton.
Final year Production Design students at the Northern Film School are currently working on the set of Buckingham Palace at the studios, as they did last year for series 1.
Mental Health consortium music production course to be delivered by Music students
Students and staff will be delivering a CPD course in Electronic Music Production for adults experiencing mental health difficulties as part of the Converge consortium, in partnership with York St John, University of Leeds, Leeds Trinity, Leeds College of Music and NHS Mind.
The Education for Recovery programme features courses in Songwriting, Film, Drama and Sports Coaching as well as the 5 day course in EDM and Hip Hop delivered by students and staff at the School.
USA Film Festival award for film scored by Music academic
Return of the Hat with music score by academic, Yoni Collier has won Best Comedy at the Erie International Film Festival in Pennsylvania.
The film is a comedy horror about a murderous flat cap, directed by Alec Birkbeck, who Yoni previously worked with on Ex-Men: The Carehome Wars.
Woman and Film Festival screening for two Masters films in Spain
Two Masters films from the Northern Film School, Beyond the Blue and In the Shadow of the Mountain, have been selected for the Woman and Film Festival in Spain.
Media conference presentations for five academics from across the School
Five academics from the School presented at the first Leeds Beckett Media Research Festival, held in the Rose Bowl on the 11 January.
The Lebeme: Interdisciplinary Media, Communications and Mediated Cultures Festival explored how studies of media, communication and mediated cultures are ideally placed to explore and practice interdisciplinary work.
New Zealand Screenwriting Research Network Conference paper to be delivered by Northern Film School academic
Northern Film School academic, Dan Weldon has been accepted to present at the 2017 SRN conference in New Zealand.
The 10th Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) International Conference will be hosted by the University of Otago’s Department of Media, Film and Communication, in partnership with the New Zealand Writers Guild. It will take place in Dunedin, Aotearoa/New Zealand, on Monday 28th through Thursday 31st August 2017.
New course approval
Congratulations to the Course Development Team for our new BA (Hons) Performing Arts award for success at the validation event held last week.
The course was approved with no conditions and 5 commendations - relevancy, course identity, integration of staff research, excellent links to the city and cutting edge/innovative curriculum design.
New academic appointment
Welcome to Brian Machin, who has been appointed to the post of Senior Lecturer in Documentary in the Northern Film School.
Brian is an experienced TV Producer and Director with a BAFTA Grierson award for the news and documentary series Miners’ Tapes for Channel 4 and outputs that include Jonathan Miller’s Madness for BBC2, The Other Side of Midnight with Tony Wilson, The Krypton Factor and The Hit Man and Her.
His research includes the politics of memory and the nature of memory on film.
Entertainment Management students join the School
The BA (Hons) Entertainment Management course will be moving from the School of Sport to FMPA in September.
The course teaches music and nightclub promotion, marketing, theatre and artist management and how to attract audiences to live events, media and visitor attractions. This is an exciting development for the School and we look forward to welcoming academics Stuart Moss and Vivienne Gaskin to our academic community.
Masters of Philos Success
Congratulations to Michael Ward on the confirmation of his Master of Philosophy Research Degree award for his thesis An Investigation into Signal Processing for Machine Listening to Percussive Performance.
Utah Saints and to work with students during Futures Fest
The School launches Futures Fest this week with academics and guest artists running workshops with students.
Artists in residence, Utah Saints (Jez Willis and Tim Garbutt) will be working on three projects during the week, each with the possibility of a commercial release. They will be creating a new dance track, a sample pack and dance top lines for a publisher. Students will work collaboratively with the artists as studio engineers, producers, musicians and songwriters.
Choreographer and feminist punk icon reconstruct work from 1984 with Performing Arts students
Choreographer, Gaby Agis and punk singer and guitarist, Ana Da Silva have been working with Performing Arts students on a reconstruction of their 1984 work Shouting Out Loud for a performance next Wednesday, 1st of February in our Beckett Studio Theatre.
Shouting Out Loud was originally choreographed in 1984 for thirteen women and set to a soundtrack by the iconic feminist punk band The Raincoats.
International Sound Art Composition Award
Music academic, Nikos Stavropoulos has been awarded 3rd prize at the Viseu Rural 2.0: Explorações sonoras de um arquivo rural International Competition.
Portrait V composed during a research sabbatical residency at the University of Sheffield Sound Studios in September, was awarded the prize as part of the Creative Europe project Rural Viseu 2.0 co-organized by Binaural / Nodar and the Municipality of Viseu. Portrait V is a sound portrait of the rural district of Viseu using the soundscape recordings collected during the project.
European City of Culture Commission
Northern Film School Head of Cinematography, Mark Carey has been commissioned to create a film with Irish Arts Prize winner Jasmina Cibic for the European City of Culture Aarhus 2017. The film installation Nada Act 2: The Spirit of Our Dreams will also feature the work of Choreographer Lea Anderson MBE.
Shooting will take place in March, 2017 with 2 Northern Film School students working with the professional crew. The location is Aarhus City Hall, Denmark, completed in 1941, designed by architects Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller.
First "Theatre Company of Sanctuary"
Performing Arts academic, Hannah Butterfield’s theatre company is the first in the UK to have been awarded Theatre Company of Sanctuary status by City of Sanctuary. SBC Theatre (Rosie MacPherson, John Tomlinson and Hannah Butterfield) were awarded the status for their commitment to making work with, about and for those seeking sanctuary in the UK.
An extract of their show Tanja, about an asylum seeker at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, was performed at the Houses of Parliament as part of Sanctuary in Parliament 2015.
City of Sanctuary is a movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution, and includes Leeds, York, Sheffield and Hull.
Film, Music & Performing Arts
Free short courses to improve mental health in Leeds
Leeds Beckett University students have helped to deliver an eight-week course in popular electronic music to improve mental health in Leeds.
Leeds Beckett film project celebrated at Young Filmmakers’ Awards
A short film created by a team of over-60s in collaboration with filmmaking students at Leeds Beckett University will receive a special screening at the Leeds Young Filmmakers’ Golden Owl Awards 2017.
Northern Film School horror film gets international release
A feature film by colleagues in the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett, which premiered at London FrightFest last year, has been released in the USA and Canada.