BA (Hons) Performing Arts

Course details

UCAS Course code W440

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If you know you're destined for stardom on stage and screen, we can help you gain a full skill set that will prepare you for any role! We offer a practical course that covers singing, acting and dance, as well as technical theatre skills that will help you no matter what side of the stage you stand on. You'll work with multitalented lecturers and professional directors, choreographers and musical directors from around the world, helping you develop your natural talents to a highly advanced level.

We offer you the opportunity to specialise in the areas that interest you, developing your creative ideas and producing your own work to help you focus on where your skills lie. You'll work in small group workshops that focus on you as an individual, with one to one sessions available to facilitate your learning. If you've got the talent, we've got the experience and facilities to nurture it to success in the industry, so indulge your creative side through studying on our course.

You'll start with practical performance (acting techniques, singing and dance), production (technical skills and stage management) and critical study skills, including the history and theory of performance and theatre. Your first year will see you take a performance project through to full production with an industry professional, performing in one of our theatre spaces.

Your second year will involve you in a wide range of productions, including musical theatre, drama, dance/physical or touring theatre, before offering the opportunity to make your own contemporary theatre piece. These will develop your technical arts specialisms and give experience in working with a range of industry professionals.

Your final year offers the chance to focus on your specialisms, letting you work as a performer, director, writer, designer, choreographer or other production role with support from our lecturing staff. You will create two different performance pieces, continue training core skills and prepare for entering the industry. There will also be the chance to go to the London Showcase in the West End.

Year one

Compulsory Modules

  • Contextual and Professional Studies 1
  • Performing Drama
  • Performing Music Theatre
  • Performing Dance Theatre
  • Production 1
  • Design and Stagecraft 1

Year two

Compulsory Modules

  • Contextual and Professional Studies 2
  • Drama Production
  • Music Theatre Production
  • Design and Stagecraft 2
  • Creating Contemporary Theatre

Optional Modules (Subject to availability and demand)

  • Dance Theatre Production
  • Touring Theatre

Year three

Compulsory Modules

  • Applied Research and Professional Skills
  • Final Project
  • Advanced Skills in Practice
  • Contemporary Theatre Project
  • Producing Theatre

Programme specification

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download our programme specification (PDF)

2017 entry

112-128 UCAS tariff points.

The UCAS tariff has changed for 2017, you can find out more about the new tariff and qualification options from the new UCAS tariff table

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

2018 entry

112-128 UCAS tariff points.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Entry on to this course requires a successful audition/interview assessed by the Performing Arts team.

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website www.ucas.com provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact enquirycentre@cumbria.ac.uk for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

See the following websites for further details: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk

We'll help you be fully qualified for any career in the performing arts by helping you focus on where your talents lie, giving you entry into work in the theatre or media production. You'll also have skills suitable for working in people-facing roles, including sales and HR, as well as in education teaching the next generation of screen legends.

All of our performances are directed by industry professionals, replicating proper industry practice and providing networking opportunities to enhance your career prospects. These take place in a licenced theatre and are open to the public, putting you right in the heart of performance life. You'll also have the opportunity to audition for a London Showcase at the end of the course.

Our dedicated arts campus at Carlisle provides fantastic facilities to develop your acting skills, including a main theatre, two studio performance spaces, 16 rehearsal studios, 3 dance studios, costume making and set building workshops, recording studios and media resources.