Why study with us?

The Dance Performance pathway is designed for students wishing to explore contemporary and popular dance techniques, choreography and physical theatre. We provide opportunities to perform in productions and participate in workshops led by professional practitioners.

The Musical Theatre Performance pathway is designed for students wishing to explore musical theatre and to practice performance skills with a special emphasis on singing. You will also have many opportunities to be involved in shows and develop your singing and performance techniques. 

What can this course lead to?

Our graduates go on to careers as performers in a range of sectors. Ranging from creating their own touring companies, working in theatre or education and progressing to MA or PGCE study. The transferable skills gained during the course are highly respected in many careers involving communication skills, such as media, public relations and teaching.

Resources and facilities

We are proud of our facilities; we have a main theatre seating up to 180 people and also a studio theatre in-house which seats 80. Classes are conducted in our purpose-built dance studio complete with mirrors, barre, sprung floor and air conditioning. Our support facilities for productions include set-construction workshops, sound recording studios and multimedia production edit suites. Rehearsal rooms include three drama studios, two singing rooms and conventional teaching spaces. 

Have a look at our learning resources for Performing Arts.

Student work

Dance students in the LanesJust singing and dancing in The Lanes
Half term shoppers in The Lanes, Carlisle were happy to put their shopping on hold for a few minutes today to be entertained by students from the University of Cumbria.

Faye EtheringtonThird year BA (Hons) Joint Honours Dance and Musical Theatre Performance students, Ash Goosey and Faye Etherington (pictured), have had a piece of their original choreography selected for performance at the prestigious Dance Cuts Weekend in Lancaster. Their piece, titled Inversely Proportional, is described as "a purely experimental piece collaborating dance and science, exploring the relationship between light and time and how they behave together."


Home and EU students: £9,000 per academic year

International students: £10,500 per academic year

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