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Welcome to the School of Performance and Cultural Industries
Our Masters courses prepare you for both the world of work and further study. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills and expertise to become an active agent within the cultural and creative industries sector. You'll leave with the potential to challenge existing cultural practices, contribute to policy making and shape artistic landscapes and communities.
We offer a range of flexible study options so you can choose the course which best suits your needs.
Our postgraduate diploma and certificate options allow you to study whilst pursuing your own interests and career ambitions.
All our courses can be studied full or part-time.
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By joining Leeds you’ll be part of a prestigious, research-intensive Russell Group university, where you’ll gain skills that will be invaluable to you, personally and professionally. You’ll get the chance to take part in research, tailor your experience and take advantage of life-changing opportunities. You’ll benefit from some of the best university facilities available and you’ll be supported every step of the way.
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Find out first-hand about postgraduate study at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries and life at the University of Leeds.
Before studying at Leeds, I was at the University of York, studying Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance. I had always been a bit of a creative, acting in plays and producing short films, but in particular it was the writing element of the course that made me realise that it was the act of conjuring stories that I wanted to pursue through further education and beyond!
Writing is such a personal exploration of the self. You take the ideas knocking round in your head and try and form them into some sort of blueprint that you can communicate to other people. It’s your thoughts and feelings on the page, which in a weird sort of way tells you more about yourself that you think you know. Being able to do that, whilst also entertaining a reader is incredibly hard and nothing quite beats the rush when an audience responds in the way you’re intending them to!
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From a very young age, I have had a passion for the arts, particularly for performance; this personal connection helped me become confident as a child and was constantly in awe at the results of creative people collaborating in a safe space.
Studying acting at college was where I began to see the true therapeutic potential of theatre. I discovered a world where theatre could be used as a tool for social change and help people express themselves.
I went on to study Drama and Theatre Practice at the University of Hull, where I focused on drama therapy and theatre in prisons. This element of my academic journey prompted me to conduct a more in-depth investigation into the benefits of using theatre to achieve various goals. Regardless of whether the goal was to bring about social change, improve health and wellbeing, or enhance the educational experience.
I have very recently started working at The Jorvik Viking Centre in York as an Interactive Host. This role is a fantastic way to explore current debates through education and factually correct historical information: centred thematically around the Viking Age. My work encourages me to enhance the visitor experience through performance and character building.
For a while, I was an Activities Coordinator in an advanced dementia care home; I was able to use the skills I gained through my studies to enhance the wellbeing of those living in the care home through meaningful activities and sessions.
As part of my dissertation project at Leeds, I had the opportunity to speak to professionals within this field of work and learn about their thoughts and experiences.
Consequently, this enabled me to focus on the challenges and benefits of using effective techniques within a dementia care setting. Despite the challenges that accompanied this job, I found it highly rewarding and piqued my interest in pursuing my studies further in the future.
I am passionate about representing people whose voices often go unheard. I am passionate about those same people ‘taking up space’ in places they are underrepresented in. Learning about different types of audiences and how to engage them will further allow me to empower minority groups of people.
So far, I have enjoyed the practical side of my module as it allowed me to showcase my strengths in facilitation whilst employing research to improve my existing methods. I have also enjoyed analysing the Human Rights Declaration and learning how policy impacts practise, people and creative industries around the world.
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