A community of trailblazing creative practice
"The School of Film, Music & Performing Arts fosters a culture of ground-breaking creative activity. We nurture the arts pioneers of the future: influencers who will not just reflect the outside world, but shape it, lead it and transform it for the better."
Dr Oliver Bray
Our School is enriched 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. 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.
Dr Oliver Bray
Oliver joined Leeds Beckett University in 2006 and has been the Head of Performing Arts since 2014.Read More
Our Academic Team
Learning from the best, from day one
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 and teaching at this School is enabled by state-of-the-art technology. We have ten professional-quality recording studios, five professional film studios in the heart of the Leeds ITV media hub, acoustics labs, spatial audio and post-production facilities, and dedicated rehearsal and performance spaces for theatre, dance, live art and choreography.
Our new professional performance studio provides an open and spacious environment to the study the live art practices of theatre, dance and radio plays.
Film Editing Suite
Our Northern Film School at the Electric Press has dedicated edit suites featuring industry-standard technology, enabling projects to be accessed from any edit station in the building.
At our Prime Studios base we have the North’s largest infinity cove studio, with drive-in vehicle access, green room, changing rooms and make-up stations.
Film Studio Set
Our Northern Film School at the Electric Press has purpose-built, fully-equipped studio spaces to enable the building of substantial film sets and props.
Live Music Room
Our specialist live music room has a control room and live area for instruments and amps, plus mixing facilities and editing suites.
Our specialist music studios will give you the tools to write, produce and record music the way you want – it's an opportunity to hit the right notes in mixing your own tunes for music, games audio and TV.
Film, Music & Performing Arts
Spotlight on ethical fashion
Final year BA (Hons) theatre and performance student, Leah Earnshaw, used her final year project to highlight the plight of low paid workers in the fashion industry.
Knowing the Score conference to explore music and sport links
Experts in music and sport will discuss the dynamic and creative relationship between these fields at the Leeds Beckett University hosted, Knowing the Score conference at The Emerald Headingley Stadium on 26 June.
NFS Film Festival Update March 2019
The latest round up of festival news from the Northern Film School.
Beyond Creative Arts Festival
Leeds Beckett’s creative arts festival, Beyond, showcases the amazing creative talent of our students across our university in an exciting festival taking place in locations throughout the city.
Music & Sport: Knowing the Score Conference
A Conference To Explore The Relationship Between Music & Sport