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Transforming | Film, Music & Performing Arts

Our School is home to innovative research across the creative arts including film production, cinema culture, music composition, performance and production, dance, and performing arts. A particular strength is our combination of traditional methodologies, published as books and journal articles, with practice as research. Our research is not just something to read but something to watch, listen to and experience, produced by creative staff who excel in both scholarship and professional practice.

Our research areas cover a wide variety of creative art forms from the composition of electroacoustic music, through cutting-edge performance practice, to the history of children's cinema, and the body as archive. At their heart is a commitment to the centrality of the arts to all human activity.

Leeds Arts Research Centre

The Leeds Arts Research Centre (LARC) brings together creative practitioners and academics across Leeds Beckett University whose research interests lie in the arts, whether that is music, film, fine art, design or performing arts.

Research degrees

We welcome applications for PhD and MPhil study across the creative arts, including via practice. Current topics under supervision include: representations of older women in recent British cinema; the history of female backing vocalists in UK music production; investigating the archive via performance practice; and rhythm in cinematography. We also offer a new Professional Doctorate in Creative Arts which allows those employed in the creative sector to pursue research relevant to their work place.

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Transforming music: "No-one does a first take like David Bowie" - Kenn Scott - School of Film, Music & Performing Arts


As well as access to outstanding libraries and archives, research by practice is supported by our exceptional  facilities which include five film and television studios, ten professional quality recording studios, state-of-the-art acoustic labs and post-production equipment, and dedicated rehearsal space for dance, choreography and performing arts.

Contact Us


For further enquiries about the research we carry out at The School of Film, Music & Performing Arts or to find out how you can contribute and get involved, please contact Professor Robert Shail 

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