The School of Performance: who we are

At the School of Performance we are with you every step of the way

With great industry connections in a vibrant, cultural city and beyond, our supportive lecturers, creative community and one-to-one tuition will help your realise your ambitions.

You'll learn skills both inside the classroom and out as well as on the stage, giving you the confidence to succeed as a performer, entrepreneur or employee - whatever you want to be.

Ten reasons to study at the School of Performance

  • Learn from the experts - professional, industry-connected leading academics and visiting tutors
  • Make connections - in the music, theatre and creative industries, and explore options in other sectors
  • Work and live in Cambridge - a safe and vibrant student city and one of the UK's top creative hotspots*
  • Get experience - through work experience, internships, and collaborations
  • Benefit from a full university experience - get support and advice from study skills to well-being
  • Graduate job-ready - with a background in performance and production and the experience and key skills needed for future roles
  • Get noticed - showcase your talents at shows on-campus and off-campus at venues like the Mumford Theatre and Cambridge Junction
  • Develop a broad skill set - including employability and entrepreneurialism
  • Collaborate and innovate - work with other students and lecturers
  • Hone your skills - with our industry-standard equipment and purpose-built facilities, and individual instrumental or vocal tuition
  • Broaden your horizon - with modules from other subjects and study abroad opportunities

*NESTA Creative Clusters and Innovation report 2010

First for music therapy and dramatherapy

Music therapy at Anglia Ruskin was established on the Cambridge campus in 1994, providing the first MA Music Therapy training in the UK.

Since then we have gone on to train hundreds of music therapists who practice worldwide.

In 2005, our Music Therapy Clinic was opened, serving the community and providing treatment for many local groups, charities, voluntary organisations and private individuals as well as statutory health, education and social services.

To build on our strengths in this area, we established our MA Dramatherapy in 2012 and, in 2013, opened our new clinic - now the largest university-based therapy centre in the UK.

Our department is a centre for excellence in research, with world-leading research (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and Music Therapy has the largest professoriate in the UK.