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.
But, 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.