BA (Hons) Performing Arts

UCAS

Course code W440

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UCAS

Course code W440

Key course details

Location Carlisle - Brampton Road
Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

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.

Graduate destinations

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.

News and Events

University of Cumbria hosts nationally acclaimed contemporary dance workshop for artists and practitioners

Posted: 19 May 2019

Three figures from a contemporary dance company that won national acclaim for its inclusive routine featuring disabled dancers on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing are heading to the University of Cumbria. The university’s Institute of the Arts is hosting the AVS Take More Space Dance Lab in Brampton Road, Carlisle over the weekend of 15 and 16 June 2019.

University of Cumbria and Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors present a Musical Journey

Posted: 12 Apr 2019

The University of Cumbria and Cartmell Shepherd are joining forces to present an evening of music and entertainment which will include performances from international opera singer Valerie Reid and Carlisle's own baritone Andrew Johnston. Proceeds from the evening will help Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria's Children's Hospice and Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club.

How do I get an agent as a performing arts graduate

Posted: 17 May 2019

The Graduate Showcase is a performance experience designed for soon to be graduating third year actors.

Postgraduate Open Day

Sat 8 Jun 2019

There are many fantastic reasons to embark on one of our postgraduate courses, whether it’s to give yourself that extra advantage when applying for jobs, progress your current career or even if you just love your chosen subject and want to explore it further.

Undergraduate Open Day

Sat 8 Jun 2019

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