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BA (Hons) Performing Arts

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Course code W440

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UCAS

Course code W440

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Location Carlisle - Brampton Road
Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2020
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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You’ll develop your passions and talents to graduate as a confident performer and producer on this course – which has seen our students securing jobs in the competitive industry of performing arts.

You’ll spend 70% of your studies doing practical theatre work honing your professional skills in 4 disciplines - musical theatre, acting, dance, and technical theatre, supported by performing-active tutors and visiting professionals from national companies.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

We’ll give you the knowledge and skills required for a career in performing arts – but crucially, artistic freedom to explore who you are as an artist and practitioner, so you graduate ready and confident to step into an artistic post.

Many of our students have secured castings from directors while on their course placement, while others have been snapped up by castings agencies after graduating.

  • Taught by tutors who are active on the performing arts scene, including the English National Opera
  • Learn about the creative industries and secure the skills employers demand
  • Learn to market yourself as a self-employed actor/actress
  • Tutor support when you need it, thanks to small study groups
  • Host your performances in our dedicated campus-based Stanwix Theatre
  • As the educational partner for Theatre By The Lake, Keswick, you get breadth of stage experience – boosting your confidence and helping you to become audition-ready
  • Our great connections with current industry organisations give you good networking and job prospects
  • Opportunity to perform at the London and Manchester Graduate Showcases
  • Bolster your chances of being a self-employed artist by learning how to set up a business and market yourself
  • Visits and talks from professional artists to inform, inspire and help develop your work

You’ll be within 20 minutes of Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site - in the other. Add to that being nearby the spectacular North West coastline and you’ll never be stuck for something to do outside of your studies.

You’ll have the opportunity to make good industry contacts thanks to the visiting professionals we bring in to work with you on the course, which has created great job prospects for students.

We’ve also seen former students set up their own theatre companies, kick-start the annual Carlisle Arts Fest and have their theatre-based designs and apps patented.

So, if you’re looking for a course that will take your raw talent and shape it, prepare you for the national stage and boost your employment prospects, this is it.

Your Career with a Performing Arts BA

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.

Our graduate and Alumnus of the Year, Katie Slavin-Trower, speaks about her experience studying at the University of Cumbria and what she has gone on to do as a career.

News and Events

Disability arts pioneer inspires students

Posted: 16 Dec 2019

Renowned sculptor Tony Heaton OBE is challenging art students to explore societal barriers faced by people with disabilities. Tony presented the issues as he delivered a guest lecture, part of a series of talks organised by the Arts Research Initiative, for University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts staff and students. A selection of his art, material and documents is also on display at the university's creative Carlisle campus.

Generation game for creative entrepreneur

Posted: 3 Dec 2019

At the age of 21, entrepreneur Laura Devaney is getting ahead in business thanks to her arts degree – gained 30 years after her mother completed her studies at the same campus. Laura runs two new businesses with her partner Cameron Martin, who is also a member of the University of Cumbria’s alumni association, giving the night-time economy in Carlisle a welcome boost.

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Posted: 16 Aug 2019

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Open Event (2020 entry enquirers only)

Thu 6 Feb 2020

It’s not too late to apply to us for 2020 entry, our expert teams of support and academic staff are on hand to give you a bespoke and personal visit experience that will arm you with everything you need to know about starting a course in September 2020.

Campus Tour

Thu 27 Feb 2020

An opportunity to visit our Brampton Road campus.

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