Create and take part in performance work, learn from experienced staff and visiting professionals, and access our wide range of facilities and expertise. Become a confident, exciting performer while gaining skills needed for other careers. In the National Student Survey 2015, 96% of our students said they were satisfied with their course.
This course will allow you to explore the connections between, and creative potential of, music, drama and dance. You’ll develop into a confident, versatile and exciting practitioner, able to produce innovative and powerful work across these disciplines.
Performance will be central to your learning. Most of our modules focus on 20th-century and contemporary innovative performance practice. You’ll work with music and drama students, and in subject-specific classes, to develop collaborative and multi-disciplinary approaches to your creative work.
You’ll get instrumental and vocal tuition from specialist tutors, and attend workshops, master classes and lectures by visiting performers, practitioners and academics.
You’ll also have the chance to take part in many different events that will complement your academic studies, in both on- and off-stage roles. Our staff and students regularly collaborate on interdisciplinary projects, ranging from full-scale musicals to music theatre productions.
Course Leader: Dr Nigel Ward
Our Performing Arts course will prepare you for a range of careers, and its combination of practical skills and academic understanding will help you stand out to employers. Studying Performing Arts will give you the ideal training for any position that requires creativity, self-reliance, imagination, teamwork and the ability to organise both yourself and others.
We have close links with many industry partners, including venues such as Cambridge Junction, and our own Mumford Theatre on campus. At these, you can attend performances and get work experience front of house or back stage in a professional theatre environment.
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.
Our Enterprise in the Creative Arts module will give you the opportunity to take up a work placement in Year 3. This could be in an area such as music education, instrumental teaching, artist management, marketing, recording and studio work, composition and events management.
For your drama work, you’ll have access to our dedicated drama studios, complete with a flexible black-box performance space, as well as our additional rehearsal space. Your music work will take place in our purpose-built music centre, which includes an extensive suite of computer music studios with workstation laboratories, digital editing studios and recording facilities, as well as a recital hall, practice rooms and lecture rooms.
We also have the full-size Mumford Theatre on campus, which regularly hosts professional touring companies and musicians.
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.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
Entry will normally also be subject to an interview/audition.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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