Performing arts is a popular subject to study at university. The best performing arts universities will offer acting courses or performing arts courses which teach a variety of performance techniques.
There are a lot of top performing art universities that completely focus on teaching performance-based courses. Other universities have dedicated schools that offer a range of courses in the performance sector. You may be just interested in acting courses, or you may want to study a course that incorporates other performing elements, like dance and singing.
Performing arts university courses vary from each institution, so make sure you know exactly what you want to get out of your degree.
Our BA Performing Arts degree course brings together the ‘triple threat’ of singing, dancing and acting. You’ll learn from lecturers who are performing arts professionals, having worked with organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company.
You’ll learn in our purpose-built £2million Performing Arts and Events Centre at Oxstalls campus. These facilities include a dance studio with a harlequin-sprung floor, full lighting rig and sound, an acoustically designed music and singing room, a drama studio with a full lighting rig and a multi-media studio.
If you study an acting degree or performing arts degree you will, upon successful completion, be presented with a Bachelor of Arts degree award.
From studying a performing arts course, you will learn skills and techniques in many different aspects of performance. You can then apply what you’ve learnt to professional jobs in the industry. This could include going into roles in professional acting on stage, TV or film. You may want to go into musical theatre or work as a children’s entertainer.
Isis is a performing arts graduate and one of the cast in a major new feature film ‘The Secret Garden’ working with Julie Walters and Colin Firth (released 2020). “My time at University of Gloucestershire provided me with skills and knowledge that I have taken out into the industry and continue to use in every audition and every job I undertake.”
During a three year full-time degree you will develop acting techniques for the stage, strengthen your voice and singing with regular tuition and take dance lessons including ballet, tap, modern and jazz. Throughout the degree, you’ll be able to choose modules based on what you’re passionate about. You’ll have opportunities to study other aspects of theatre, such as choreography, technical theatre and business development; theoretical study underpins all elements of the course.
With live performance opportunities throughout the course, including full-scale musicals, you’ll gain plenty of experience, working in real theatres with industry experts. You’ll learn with international theatre companies at renowned events and locations.
The qualifications needed for performing arts degree courses vary at each institution.
Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don’t always tell the whole story), we make offers following an audition instead of using tariff points.
You will need to have, or be studying for, an NQF level 3 qualification – that’s A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.
Once you apply, we will invite you to audition so we can decide whether to make you an offer.
Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying performing arts at university.
We can help you apply for a performing arts degree and will support you throughout the application process. Most full-time courses are applied to via UCAS. There are deadlines for submitting your application.