Become a versatile, confident and exciting practitioner. Meet others who share your passion for musical theatre and the performing arts. Gain the skills, opportunity and inspiration to grow as a performer and create innovative, powerful work.
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.
With a focus on musical theatre and contemporary performance, our modules will develop your skills in drama, music and dance, while allowing you to investigate other areas of production, from staging to digital performance, from directing to live event management.
You will be encouraged to think in new ways about your identity as a creative performer, prepared for the diverse and competitive performing arts industry, and empowered to push the boundaries of music-theatre making.
Our Performing Arts course is for students who are keen to be challenged by the manifold practices and theories of music-theatre making, who are open to multi-disciplinary approaches and fascinated by the wonderful possibilities of performance crafting.
Simone Spagnolo (Course Leader): composer, music-theatre provocateur
Nigel Ward (Head of Department): director, intercultural theatre expert
Alejandro Postigo (Lecturer, Performing Arts): musical theatre director, copla author and specialist
Heather Lilley (Senior Lecturer, Drama): devised and applied theatre practitioner
Eva Aymamí Reñé (Lecturer, Dance): choreographer, research of dance and political identities
Simon Bell (Lecturer, Drama): Associate Director of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, Neue Slowenische Kunst expert
Cambridge Junction - Hofesh Schecter Company - Carner and Gregor - Theatre for a Change - Temujin Gill (dancer and choreographer, Grounded Movement) - Catherine Carter (mezzo-soprano, Troupe Collective) - Michele Panegrossi (creative technologist and sound designer).
Our performance culture and creative thinking will prepare you for a career in the performing arts, whichever aspect you want to take up. You will receive the ideal training for any position that require creativity, self-reliance, imagination and teamwork.
Upon graduation our students take different paths depending on their interests and aspirations. The main career paths you can access are:
Creative Industry - You can work as a performer, director or stage manager. You could also create your own company, produce new work and tour it globally.
Art Industry - You can access jobs within arts organisations and management, acting as a performing arts producer or event organiser, or join theatre and companies' marketing teams
Creative-related Industry - Creative industries are broad and exciting, and feature a variety of opportunities. If you’re academic-minded, you can become a performing arts journalist or critic or, if you like numbers and have good interpersonal skills, you can work within the performing arts fundraising and budgeting business.
Education - As a performing arts graduate you can access numerous job opportunities within the educational world, pursuing a career as primary or secondary school teacher, or as a workshop facilitator for a variety of communities. Also, you can work as a performing arts assistant, supporting school and students' productions.
Further Studies - If you wish to continue your studies after graduation, you can take a Masters Course or an Artist Diploma and, later on, a PhD or MPhil. This route will give you the chance to explore your subject of study in a deeper academic way, carrying further research and access academic jobs in Higher Education.
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 School of Performance 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.
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
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
You will be interviewed for 15-20 minutes by one of our lecturers and will have the opportunity to ask your own questions about the course and university.
The audition will last for 10-15 minutes and you will be asked to prepare a song and a monologue from a selection in our audition performance pack. This will be a practical session, so it would be a good idea to wear clothes in which you are able to move freely.
You are invited to bring any other examples of creative or written work to the audition, or to provide links to online media.
For more general guidance visit our auditions page or download our performing arts audition information guide.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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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