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School of Film, Music & Performing Arts


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 6/68’ 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.

School of Film, Music & Performing Arts

The School of Film, Music & Performing Arts brings together these related disciplines in a diverse, practice-based environment informed by both academic and practitioner research.

Film, Music & Performing Arts

A female student performing on stage
Students working in a film studio
A student playing drums in the music studio

Research in our School

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


School News

Leeds Beckett students broadcast live showcase

‘Process’, a collection of one minute films by second year BA (Hons) Graphic Arts and Design students from Leeds Beckett University, will be broadcast via Facebook Live tomorrow, 6 December on the Leeds Big Screen.

Professor shares pagan music research at Denmark’s Extreme Music conference

A Leeds Beckett University Professor will present his research around the influence of the film, The Wicker Man, at a music conference in Denmark.

Professional flute player, Musical Director and academic set to perform at international jazz festival

Writer, professional flute player and Leeds Beckett University Music lecturer, Dr Sue Miller, is set to discuss her research at the Cambridge International Jazz Festival.

School Events

Dec 14

Dance and Performance Winter Platform

Students from our dance and performance courses will be showcasing the work they have been creating during their course this term.

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