Welcome to Performance and Cultural Industries

Welcome from the head of school

Dr Alice O'Grady, Head of School, welcomes you to the School of Performance and Cultural Industries.

Making the grade

A variety of assessment methods are used at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at Level 1. These include essays, reports, written exams, studio practice, performance, presentation, lecture demonstration and take-home exams. Don’t worry about this. You will be given lots of guidance especially about how to approach new types of assessment. You will also be given guidance on the School’s assessment criteria and how they are applied for each assignment task. There is a lot of online guidance available through Minerva. Most modules build in some type of formative assessment so you will get feedback on how you are doing before the final assessment.

Message from students

A current student gives you some advice on how to make the most of your contact time here at Leeds.

I wish I’d known

Current students tell you some of the things they wished they’d known before University…

Filling your week

The Director of Student Education gives you some ideas about how best to fill your week.


Members of staff at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries have a wide variety of research interests, which is reflected in the teaching they deliver. In your final year, especially, you will be writing a dissertation that might be aligned to a member of staff’s interest.

For more information about the research interests of staff in PCI, see the staff page of the School website.

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.