Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


The fantastic facilities and workspaces in the centre of the university campus were what attracted me to the School.

Helena WadeBA Managing Performance

About Us

The School of Performance and Cultural Industries offers a unique combination of inter-related disciplines within a research-intensive university environment.  Our high quality research-led teaching engages students at the cutting edge of knowledge as it is developed.

The School is concerned not only with performance itself but also with the role that performance plays in the wider cultural and creative life of society.  Performance harnesses the emotions, engages the intellect and develops creativity, whether it is found in the theatre, on the street, in the mass media or in the local community.  In contemporary society, we are all performers, critics, consumers and audiences.

Our graduates are leaders and catalysts in their chosen fields, and our research has demonstrable impact on the professional worlds of performance, policy-making, and the cultural and creative industries.  The School has strong relationships with a wide range of high profile regional, national and international cultural organisations.  We actively promote enterprise as part of the learning experience.

Our dedicated team of staff has world-leading expertise and an international reputation, and the School attracts students from all parts of the globe. The integration of theory and practice lies at the core of our activities and is manifest in staff research projects, and in our interactions with industry and the wider community in Leeds.

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