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

Fine art friends win prestigious British Council Fellowships for world-famous Venice Biennale

Posted: 17 Mar 2019

Best friends Aimee McCallum and Lauren Wilson will spend a month immersed in and working at the world-famous Venice Biennale when it takes place later this year. The fine art students have been awarded Venice Fellowships by the British Council. Held in one of the world’s most romantic and architecturally important cities, the Venice Biennale has a history stretching back more than 120 years and is recognised as one of the world’s most important artistic events.

Carlisle Culture – How can Carlisle capitalise on creative industries?

Posted: 7 Mar 2019

How can Carlisle build upon its arts, heritage and cultural assets – including 200 new graduates every year – to boost the local, regional and national economy as creative industries continue to smash UK records? Business leaders are invited to join a panel of influential figures next Tuesday (12 March) at the University of Cumbria to explore how they can help Carlisle thrive through developing creative industries and related infrastructure. Guests include designer Wayne Hemingway MBE.

Course leader for Musical Theatre shares her career journey

Posted: 17 Mar 2019

Course leader for Musical Theatre at the University Cumbria, Victoria Barbe shares her thoughts on how to get the most out of a musical theatre career.

Undergraduate Open Day

Wed 3 Apr 2019

Experience living and learning on a super-friendly campus with talented creatives - An awesome place to find your calling and kick-start your creative career. Tackle a design brief, have a go at a life drawing or enjoy a live performance.

Campus Tour

Wed 17 Apr 2019

An opportunity to visit our Brampton Road campus.