Our Performing Arts (BA Hons) course scored 94% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019.
This course brings together the 'triple threat' of singing, dancing and acting. Develop acting techniques for the stage and strengthen your voice and singing with regular tuition. Take dance lessons including ballet, tap, modern and jazz. You’ll learn from lecturers who are performing arts professionals, having worked with organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company. 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. Students have recently been developing skills with Motionhouse Dance Company and Frantic Assembly, as well as performing at Edinburgh Fringe, Jolt Theatre and Strike a Light festivals. You'll also make the most of performances at local theatres and venues such as the Everyman and The Wilson Art Gallery.
A module on digital theatre will offer you the opportunity to develop expertise in digital media. You’ll strengthen your performance skills through pre-filmed work and move from performing on and off-screen. 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.
Weekly practical technique classes in voice, singing and dance combine with academic support and engaging modules. High levels of contact time with tutors each week during term time combine with intensive practical rehearsal periods to help support you to graduate career-ready.
You'll study a variety of modules from 'Musical Theatre' to 'Physical Theatre, Body and Voice'.
Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.
Tariff information for 2020 entry
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, a 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.
Check out our Audition Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.
Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.
Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.
See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
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"The facilities are really versatile and can be shaped around the performance - to have such spaces where you can do acting, singing and dancing all in one building really helps your confidence and lets you focus on learning new skills."
Organisations we work with include: the Royal Shakespeare Company; BBC; Motionhouse Dance Company; Frantic Assembly Theatre Company; Battersea Arts Centre; The Everyman, King's, Olympus and Playhouse theatres; Wilson Art Gallery and Museum; Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Jolt Theatre Festival; Strike a Light Festival; and the National Trust.
"I’ve toured the world with the Actors Touring Company and been nominated for an Olivier Award. I’ve acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal National Theatre, as well as touring with my own company as artistic director and performer before becoming artistic director of the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham for 10 years. I’ve worked as an actor, director, writer, practitioner and theorist. I am passionate about drama and the process of creating work with young people and building their understanding of the theory and power of performance through practice. This is a crucial part of my delivery and ethos as a lecturer."
Achieve additional dance qualifications
Graduate a step ahead by achieving ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) awards alongside your degree. We are the only UK university to offer this internationally-recognised dance accreditation as part of your study.
Perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Students regularly perform at this internationally-renowned arts festival, gaining invaluable experience and inspiration from other cutting-edge work. It’s your chance to meet other performers and practitioners and undertake a full performance week of your own show. August 2018 saw students perform a version of Treasure Island that received a 4* review and was described by the host venue as “A colourful, explosive adventure and a pleasure to watch”.
Gain experience through live theatre performances
Work within theatre settings including Everyman and Playhouse theatres in Cheltenham with professional directors, designers and technicians. Work also takes place within site specific venues such as the Wilson Gallery in Cheltenham and the National Trust’s Croome Park.