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
Northern Film School
Music and Sound
Professional Doctorate in Creative Arts (DCA)
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
Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre awarded Honorary Doctorate
Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, Sharon Watson, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Leeds Beckett University.
Prize-winning Roller Derby song to debut at music and sport conference
Roller Derby, a song by Leeds-based musician and artist Peter Spafford, will be performed for the first time at the Music and Sport: Knowing the Score conference at Emerald Headingley stadium on Wednesday 26 June after it won the event’s songwriting commission curated by Music: Leeds.
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.
Sue Miller and her Charanga Del Norte
A screening of animations featuring Charanga del Norte will take place on the 6 June and then on 28 July to celebrate their 20th anniversary Charanga del Norte return to the Lawrence Batley Theatre, featuring an exciting line-up which includes the cream of the crop from the UK salsa scene.
In Their Own Words
Leeds Beckett Principal Lecturer in Performing Arts, Teresa Brayshaw and Emeritus Professor of Performing Arts, Noel Witts are presenting a performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Anna Fenemore, Associate Professor in Contemporary Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds.
Heritage Open Days 2019
Discover the people behind Leeds Beckett University’s historic campus and origins as a university. From the monks and landowners who developed Beckett Park at the heart of the Headingley community over 400 years ago, to the civic leaders who established our education provision in Leeds in 1824.