Take your skills in drama, dance and music to the next level by studying our full-time Performing Arts degree in Cambridge. Choose to study abroad for a semester. Perform alongside others who share your passion and become a versatile, confident and powerful artist, ready for a career in the performing arts.
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.
Ryan Murphy (Course Leader): voice specialist, musical director and composer; leader of ARU's musical theatre choir
Nigel Ward (Head of School): director, intercultural theatre expert
Heather Lilley (Senior Lecturer, Drama): devised and applied theatre practitioner
Eva Aymamí Reñé (Lecturer in Dance): professional dancer and choreographer
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
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.
If you have an interest in arts therapy, you might decide to move on to our MA Dramatherapy.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
Modules are subject to change and availability.
You’ll show your progress on the course 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.
Using our creative expertise and industry connections in Cambridge and beyond, we create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
At Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we believe in the importance of experimentation and risk-taking to create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
Whether writing bestselling fiction, creating challenging documentaries or sharing a piano with people on the autism spectrum, the expertise of our staff goes far beyond teaching. Their research produces significant funding success, leading to important publications and international conferences.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. 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.
You will be invited to perform an audition as part of the application process.
For more guidance on how to prepare for this, please visit our creative industries auditions page.
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.
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 postgraduate 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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