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Recent Graduate is Releasing Second Single on Record Label Monomyth Records

BA (Hons) Music Performance and Production graduate, Luka Huidobro-Howe, who performs under the name ‘LUKA’, is releasing her second single on label Monomyth Records.

Leeds Beckett University and Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019

As the unusual year that has been 2020 draws to a close we thought we'd take a look back to last year and the amazing inaugural Yorkshire Sculpture International.


Recent Graduate Wins RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship

Recent MArch Archictecture Graduate Simon Feather has been announced as a joint winner of this year's RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship.

Simon Feather - a man in his early 20s wearing a shirt and jumper Simon Feather

2020 Architecture Open Lecture Series

The Architecture subject team at Leeds School of Arts have announced the programme for their winter 2020 open lecture series entitled 'Fortuitous Encounters' - with free public talks taking place on 18th & 25th November and 2nd & 9th December.

Pachanga Time

Leeds School of Arts academic featured on global radio

Dr Sue Miller and her band Charanga del Norte have made a number of appearances on international radio.

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Sounds Good

BA (Hons) Music Performance and Production student Cameron Naylor talks about his recent involvement in the ‘Sounds Good’ installation at Leeds City Museum and describes how he created his piece.

Cameron Naylor Profile Picture Cameron Naylor
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Two more students accredited by the prestigous International Society of Typographical Design

For another year running Graphic Arts & Design students from Leeds School of Arts have been succesfully accredited by the International Society of Typographical Designers.

Scene from 'Ballast'

Northern Films School students have more festival success

Another wave of films produced by students from both our undergraduate and postgraduate filmmaking courses have been recognised at numerous national and international film festivals.

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LSA Interior Architecture Student Wins IE Velocity 2020 National Studio Project Award

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design student Miles Davidson has recently won the Interior Educators Velocity 2020 National Studio Project Award for his proposal to repurpose the subterranean RAF Bempton Bunker.

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Leeds announce partnership with PRS Foundation and expand existing Launchpad offer

Music:Leeds, the organisation set-up and led by Leeds Beckett music academic Sam Nicholls, have announced the expansion of their Launchpad program to support emerging artists and music industry professionals, as well as new funds in partnership with PRS Foundation

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Fashion inspiration in Leeds

I’m a senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and MA Fashion degrees, and I know how hard it can be for my students to keep inspired, particularly when you are always being asked to ‘think of ideas’ for projects.


LSA Festival Student Stories: Ricardo Mascarenhas / Computer Animation & Visual Effects

Ricardo Mascarenhas is a BSc (Hons) Computer Animation & Visual Effects student. In this Vlog Ricardo talks about his journey as a designer and is very honest about some of the personal challenges he has overcome.

 Ricardo Mascarenhas
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LSA Festival Student Stories: Poppy Marlow / Computer Animation & Visual Effects

Poppy Marlow is a BSc (Hons) Computer Animation & Visual Effects student. Hear her talk about her journey to university, how she has built up her skills and some of amazing opportunites to collaborate she has found.

 Poppy Marlow
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LSA Festival student stories: Alicia Jassner / Landscape and Design

Hi! I’m a recent graduate from the BA landscape and design course and I’d like to share my experiences from the ‘Design and Community Project’.

 Alicia Jassner
Max McNeil

LSA Festival Student Stories: Max McNeil / Product Design

For my final module of the year I entered a live client competition brief run by The Retail Institute partnered with Slingsby Gin and Allied Glass. The prizes available came in the form of week long work placements, keeping this in mind helped me to stay motivated and on task.

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LSA Festival Student Stories: Andrew Grainger / Product Design

Product Design relies on practical skills, tangible modelling and in-person user feedback. The course is structured to allow student development in a combination of practical and academic environments. 

 Andrew Grainger
Scene from 'Memphis Pete'

LSA Festival Student Stories: Poppy Brown / Filmmaking

We are excited to announce Northern Film School Documentary Specialist and BA (Hons) Filmmaking student, Poppy Brown, has been awarded a place on the prestigious and extremely competitive Grierson Doc Lab for 2020/21.

 Poppy Brown
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LSA Festival Student Stories: Ellen Price / Fashion

On one hand I was about to enter my final year studying fashion, a subject I love and am passionate about. On the other hand I was volunteering in Holbeck for a local charity that support women who are caught in life crippling addictions, many who have turned to street prostitution to support their habit.

 Ellen price
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LSA Festival Student Stories: Adam Alcock / Music Technology

The goal of this piece is to create a thought-provoking view of Mass Surveillance in our society, leaving the viewer with an unsettling awareness of its intrusive nature in our lives. It uses cameras, sensors, speakers, and the internet, to observe, analyse, and highlight surveillance in our everyday lives, through the medium of sound, video, and data.


Five Leeds artists to watch

Sam Nicholls, Senior Lecturer in Music at the university picks five artists with a strong Leeds connection who are currently breaking through to get national recognition.

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LSA Festival Student Stories: Jakub Maziarski / Creative Media Technology

'Coach's Bestfriend' is a printed basketball playbook, which has been created to make teaching and instructing easier for coaches.

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LSA Festival Student Stories: Francesca Tirpak / Digital Journalism

Signs of Tenderness is a photobook dedicated to chosen family and platonic love, especially within a circle of queer people.

Fran - a young woman in her 20s with short hair and glasses Francesca Tirpak
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Leeds School of Arts supports the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign

The UK’s music sector contributes an enormous amount to our society, it supports 600,000 jobs, contributes £5.2 billion GVA to the UK economy and is a source of enjoyment and pleasure for just about everyone in the country. It’s currently under an enormous strain, due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the restriction placed on our daily lives due to social distancing and the gradual reopening of the country’s economy.

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Dr Sue Miller presents her Latin Music Research Project at the British Academy Summer Showcase

Led by Dr Sue Miller this British Academy funded research project investigates the performance aesthetics of Latin music in the recording studio using a variety of approaches including the technique of experimental archaeology. 

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LSA Festival Student Stories: Adam Bishop / Product Design

COVID-19: How Did it Affect my Design Studies?

This year has definitely been an interesting one, one that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. I’m Adam, a Product Design Student basically finishing my last year, hopefully studying MA 3D Design when I next return to Leeds Beckett University.

Adam, a young man in his 20s with red hair and a beard Adam Bishop
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Autism-Friendly Design: Learning about Real Life through the Virtual Environment

Students from BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design have been on a mission to spread the word about their autism-friendly design projects, with their tutor Joan Love. Additionally, the briefs provided an opportunity to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, integrating a series of design ideas relating to social distancing, hygiene and materials with natural anti-microbial properties.

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LSA Festival Student Stories: Simon Feather / MArch Architecture

Re-Foresting – My Strategy for Timber Production within the Northern Forest in Response to the Climate Crisis

Simon Feather - a man in his early 20s wearing a shirt and jumper Simon Feather
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19 WORDS: The Poetics of a Viral Rhetoric

Oliver Bray, Director of Arts at Leeds School of Arts has produced 19 Words, a series of visual poems using the language deployed by the government during Covid19.  

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LSA Festival Student Stories: Eleanor Sanctuary / Music Performance & Production

Music Performance & Production student Eleanor talks about her final year project and overcoming the problems raised by COVID-19 in order to record and release her own EP, 'Sanctuary'.

Eleanor Sanctuary Eleanor Sanctuary
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LSA Festival Student Stories: Abbie Jenna / Fashion

As part of the build-up to the Leeds School of Arts Virtual Festival in July, Fashion student Abbie talks about her journey to Leeds Beckett, the support she has receieved whilst studying here, becoming a mum and how her final year dissertation on femininity in fashion was a success, despite the challenges posed by Covid-19.

 Abbie Jenna Parrott
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People and Place: First Year Landscape Architecture Students Re-envision South Bank Leeds

Students have recently proposed creative and responsive landscape designs to enhance existing urban spaces and provide a green space for people in the South Bank area of Leeds, as part of their People and Place project.



Staff and students from Leeds School of Arts have launched #LSALockdownListens, a virtual album listening club.

The Quarantine Music Festival

The Quarantine Collective: A Virtual Music Festival 27-28 May

‘The Quarantine Collective: A Virtual Music Festival’ on Facebook Live on 27-28 May starting at 7pm each evening. 

RIBA Future Architects on the Coronavirus Crisis

Leeds Beckett University architecture lecturer Craig Stott contributes to the RIBA Future Architects series with a YouTube video reflecting on the current pandemic situation.


From Blofeld to Moneypenny

Dr Steven Gerrard has recently edited a collection of academic writings about various aspects of gender in the Bond books, films and games

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RSA Student Design Awards Shortlisted Students

Two Leeds School of Arts students have been shortlisted for this year’s RSA Student Design Awards (Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Design).

Bringing the Outside In A sound installation by Paul Radcliff for International Dawn Chorus Day

Temple Newsam Grounds

Principal Lecturer Paul Ratcliff was recently commissioned to create an artwork featuring the recordings of various birds and animals in the grounds of West Yorkshire stately home Temple Newsam.

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Landscape Architecture students write about the Yorkshire Dales

Two students from Leeds School of Arts each wrote a short article for the Yorkshire Dales Review 150th anniversary issue about their research in the landscape.

 David Ade Oyedemi
 Joe Richardson
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Young Minds in Music

Final year BA Music Performance and Production student, Jack Hanks, wanted to help prospective students discover why Leeds Beckett is such a great place to study music. Jack created a ‘Young Minds in Music’ YouTube channel, where he posted videos of his interviews with his student peers, finding out about their love for music, and why they chose to come study at Leeds Beckett University. 

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Broadcast Media Technologies Students benefit from long-running partnership with BBC Introducing

The long-running partnership between Leeds Beckett University and the BBC Introducing project has provided our students with numerous opportunities to work with up and coming artists over the past few years.

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New Wortley Housing Association Submits Planning Application

Student design work from Leeds Beckett University undergraduates has paved the way for a local community group to submit a Planning Application to Leeds City Council for a new housing scheme in Leeds’ most under-funded postcode.

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Post Graduate Landscape Architecture – Virtual Teaching and Tutorials

Postgradaute students have been participating in virtual technical workshops and online tutorials. 


Dr Anne Schiffer visiting Gambia

Reframing Energy Access: Insights from The Gambia

LSA Academic publishes new book about energy provision in The Gambia

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Product Design Futures Conference 2020

2020 conference attended by Leeds Beckett staff and students.

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£25,000 in grants up for grabs in games design competition

Got a great idea for a game? Want support the support of our expert staff in developing it, a £5,000 grant and the chance to win a further £20,000 in development grants? You can with Leeds School of Arts, which has been selected as a West Yorkshire regional hub for Tranzfuser 2020. 

10 Architects x10 Videos

Twentieth Century architects examined in student videos

Ten major architects of the twentieth century are looked at in video essays created by first year BA (Hons) Architecture students in the Leeds School of Architecture.

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Oliver Twist at Leeds Playhouse

Music Performance and Production student Alistair Lacey works on the new play ‘Oliver Twist’ at Leeds Playhouse featuring the use of integrated creative sign language, audio description and captioning.

Set of the film 'Cut Throat'

Student talent model helps university gain regional reputation as top film and TV educator

Samantha Babrovskie, Senior Lecturer in Production Design, talks about Harrogate Film Festival.

Tenley Martin Poster

Transnational Flamenco: Exchange and the Individual in British and Spanish Flamenco Culture

Ethnomusicologist and Senior Lecturer in Music Dr Tenley Martin investigates transnational musical exchange through the lens of British and Spanish flamenco communities in a new book set to be published 21 March, 2020.

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Stardom and the Archive

Director of Research for Leeds School of Arts Prof Robert Shail delivers a paper regarding the historical collection of press books held by the British Film Institute at the Stardom and Archive Conference 2020 in Exeter.