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.
CINAGE Film Premier
The premiere of the four films made during this year’s CINAGE active ageing project, which took place on Sunday at the Hyde Park Picture House, was featured in the Yorkshire Post and in an interview with participants on Friday on BBC Leeds.
A truly collaborative cross-school project, our CINAGE student body (first time filmmakers of 60 years and over) have been supported every step of the way by a large ensemble of NFS students and alumni acting as crew, with NFS academics leading the filmmaking workshops, music students/academics creating original film scores and performance academics introducing contemporary performance exercises to the project participants (for the very first time).
City of Dance
Leeds Dance Partnership has been awarded £750K from the Arts Council Ambition for Excellence Fund to develop Leeds as a City of Dance. The Partnership is a development of the City of Dance group and Leeds Dance Hub, initiated by Yorkshire Dance, both of which the School have been involved with for a number of years.
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.
Hall of Fame Inductee
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.
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
Leeds Beckett filmmakers shortlisted for Royal Television Society awards
Two films by Leeds Beckett University film students have been shortlisted in the Royal Television Society (RTS) regional Student Awards 2017.
Children’s role in theatre to be explored at Leeds Beckett symposium
The role of children as performers and collaborators in the theatre will be the theme of a full-day event hosted by Leeds Beckett University later this month.
Beatles engineer helps college students explore the music industry life at Leeds Beckett
Legendary sound engineer for the Beatles and David Bowie producer, Ken Scott, will share his secrets of success with college students from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire at an event at Leeds Beckett University.