Performing Arts

  • Explore your creativity

    Establish your own technique to flourish as a unique artist because we believe in developing individuals

  • Pursue your passion

    Develop your skills to a professional level, learn about the creative industries and secure the skills employers are looking for

  • Take the stage

    Stanwix Theatre is the premier performance space for our students. Over 300 shows are staged at our theatre per year, including visiting professional productions.

Close to the city centre of Carlisle in a beautiful, leafy setting, the University of Cumbria’s Institute of the Arts is everything you need to inspire your creativity. Our highly practical courses are at least two thirds focused on the development of your practical skills.

96.6% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017).

Why study Performing Arts at the University of Cumbria?

The purpose-built arts resources and equipment at Brampton Road are excellent for students. Our highly practical courses are focused on the development of your skills and the atmosphere is friendly and lively. We aim to provide you with a rich, personal and unique experience and we have a proven record of excellence in teaching, student support and graduate employment.

Performing Arts students can get involved in over 250 events a year that take place in the 180-seat Stanwix Arts Theatre and 80-seat studio theatre.

More about the Stanwix Theatre

Working in the Creative Economy

Our aim is to develop your professional knowledge and skills in order for you to forge a career in the relevant industries; theatre, media, education, technical or stage management.

In addition, we have students who discover skills at university that help them go on to be directors, writers, designers and choreographers. Performing Arts graduates have great communication and team-working skills and are in high demand in many creative, problem-solving or public-facing roles.

Graduates from our various courses have gone on to work in the West End, in Touring Theatres, in TV and Film and in community and education.

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Working with Industry Professionals

Our experienced staff have professional backgrounds in relevant areas and a strong commitment to nurture all our students to realise their potential.

In addition, all our performance work is directed by visiting practitioners currently working in the industry. You have an excellent chance to experience the “real world” and make contacts for future placements and jobs. At any one time there are six-eight artists-in-residence, directors, musical directors and choreographers working at the Institute.

Meet the Team