Explore every aspect of modern musical theatre to become a versatile, confident and exciting practitioner.
I’ve been given an opportunity this year to direct and produce a cabaret at the Junction Theatre, which is off campus and a professional working space.
ARU is a really amazing University to be at. It opened up so many more doors than I expected it to.
Our BA (Hons) Performing Arts degree will let you explore every aspect of modern musical theatre, helping you become a versatile, confident and exciting practitioner, able to create innovative and powerful work.
With a focus on 20th century and contemporary performance, our modules will develop your skills in music, drama and dance while allowing you to investigate other areas of production. Digital performance, staging and the use of the body to challenge dominant ideologies will all form a part of your core studies, against a background of developing your performance skills and understanding the historical context of performing arts.
You’ll have a choice of areas to study, including directing, performing arts in education and live event management, allowing you to tailor the course to your future career.
Our commitment to performance culture will see you working alongside students from music and drama courses to create collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects that will give you valuable teamworking experience. You will receive movement, theatre and vocal tuition from our specialist staff, and attend workshops, master classes and lectures by visiting performers, practitioners and academics.
For all your practical work, you’ll have access to our dedicated rehearsal studios, complete with a flexible black-box performance space, as well as our additional rehearsal spaces.
We stage regular staff and student public performances, both on-campus and around Cambridge, such as our full-scale musicals and operas, orchestra and chorus concerts, and bands evenings. You’ll also have access to free tickets to attend performance work in Cambridge and London.
Outside of the course, you will find opportunities for work experience at our own on-campus Mumford Theatre, front of house or backstage, giving you a taste of life in a professional theatre environment.
You can also volunteer for our Anglia Ruskin Community Theatre Company, putting on workshops and performances at local schools to get more experience of being part of a professional ensemble.
Course Leader: Dr Gianna Bouchard (acting)
The opportunity to work so closely with my peers and lecturers has challenged my potential as a performer... the course has also given me the freedom to develop as an individual within a supportive network
Our performance culture and focus on contemporary, innovative performance will prepare you for a career as a practitioner in the performing arts, whichever aspect you want to take up.
Moreover, by studying the Performing Arts you will also get the ideal training for any position that requires creativity, self-reliance, imagination and teamwork.
Our Year 3 Enterprise in the Creative Arts module will allow you to find work experience in areas such as performing arts education, community arts work, arts management, marketing, or technical theatre / production work. With our links to local industry partners, including venues such as Cambridge Junction, you’ll have a headstart in securing your placement.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll show your progress through essays, reports, critical reflections, studio and public performances and presentations, as well as your final-year Major Project, which may include practical work. This combination of practice and theory reflects the ways that you’ll develop your creative skills throughout the course.
The Department of Music and Performing Arts is a community of over 400 students and staff, working together in a supportive environment to create new and challenging compositions and performances. Our lecturers are research-active practitioners and recognised experts in their field, so our students always have access to the latest theories and practice, as well as invaluable career guidance.
We organise many activities to help our students prepare for the future, like concerts, theatre performances, work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
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