Media Arts and Performing Arts at the University of Cumbria

Media Arts and Performing Arts at the University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria’s Brampton Road campus in Carlisle is the creative home of our Institute of the Arts. This is a special place for the study, practice, and enjoyment of arts and culture, and it has been so since the Carlisle College of Art first opened on this site in 1950. 


The Institute of the Arts offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in an array of artistic disciplines, from Performing Arts and Creative Writing to Art & Design and Film & TV, including Dance, Musical Theatre, Game Design, and Wildlife Media, along with excellent facilities and resources to support these activities. 


Learning for a Career  

Our courses are heavily practical and our focus is to put our students in touch with agencies, commissioners, publications, and industry leaders so that they leave their degree with solid industry connections and a great understanding of working in the arts as a career.   


Our former students have gone on to achieve great things and our Alumni include Turner Prize winners, Oscar winners, Pixar animators, Disney designers, and Bollywood producers as well as an array of professional artists and owners of businesses that support the art industry or use the Arts to change and improve lives. 


Our Institute of the Arts benefits from a range of strategic art partnerships and not only takes part in several national and local art events throughout the year but also organizes and hosts auditioning exhibitions and performances with industry influencers, so they are fully aware of the talent graduating from the University of Cumbria. 


Studying here also means being enriched by all that arts and culture have to offer, as you rub shoulders with over 1,000 like-minded artists and creatives studying an array of artistic disciplines. It’s a great opportunity for building lasting friendships and working on collaborative projects. 


Performing Arts

Home to two theatres, with the main theatre seating around 200 people, and three further dance studios, our Institute of the Arts offers BA Hons degrees and foundation degrees in Acting, DanceMusical Theatre, and Performing Arts


Our Stanwix Theatre is at the heart of our student performances as well as visiting professional productions throughout the year. Visiting Theatre companies this year have included Hull TruckCompassTrestleThéâtre Sans Frontières and QuondamComedy highlights included Eddie Izzard, Ardale O'HanlonAl MurrayJohn Hegley, and Neil Innes. The Limbik Theatre Company brought their award-winning show The Harbour and The Messengerand Immersion Theatre (co-founded and directed by James Tobias, a graduate of our Performing Arts course) are also regular visitors. 


Our students benefit from theatre research trips; visiting directors and choreographers from leading national performances working with students every semester; enviable studio facilities for rehearsing, practicing, and project activities as well as lectures; and most importantly, our end of course ‘Show Stopper’, when we host two auditioning events in London and Manchester and invite talent management agencies as well as theatre and dance companies to preview the talent graduating from our Institute of the Arts. 


Turn your passion into a career. Study Performing Arts at the University of Cumbria. Call our Clearing Hotline at +44 (0)3722 912 992 for more information on how to apply for our Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, and Performing Arts degrees.  


Media Arts

Media Arts Courses, Students outside filming for a film, 2 actors sat on a wall, 3 working behind the camera  

The Institute of the Arts at the University of Cumbria offers BA Hons degrees and foundation degrees in Film & Television, Games Design, and Wildlife Media taught by academic experts with a wealth of industry experience.


Our courses have a practical focus and around 75% of your time with us will be spent on practical projects, including field trips and internships in active real-life productions. We also take part in national and local events, including Games Expo in Brighton. This is aimed at giving our students the opportunity to make great industry connections and, in fact, we have had students hired by directors and production companies as a result of their internship projects. 


Media Arts students also benefit from a bespoke studio, large permanent workstations in a professional studio setting, state-of-the-art facilities that are constantly updated with the latest software and hardware, and visits from TV practitioners, filmmakers, and designers. 


Ignite your passion and build long-lasting industry connections. Study Media Arts at the University of Cumbria. Call our Clearing Hotline at +44 (0)3722 912 992 for more information on how to apply for our Film & Television, Game Design, and Wildlife Media degrees.   


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