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Take your skills in drama, dance and music to the next level on our full-time Performing Arts degree in Cambridge. Choose to study abroad in Canada. Perform alongside others who share your passion and become a versatile, confident and powerful artist, ready for a career in the performing arts.
- Develop and apply your creativity and emotional intelligence – two of the top ten skills for 2020 (World Economic Forum)
- Take advantage of our links to local networks such as Cambridge Arts Networkand Cambridge Live to build foundations for your future career
- Explore musical theatre and performing arts’ styles and techniques alongside professional practitioners and internationally-known organisations from the industry
- Engage with performance projects and theoretical applications to become an exciting practitioner
- Get individual coaching, make connections and follow your own path
- Experience being part of a professional troupe with our Community Theatre Company
- Study abroad in Canada, and apply for funding to help cover the cost
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.
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.
Find out more about our placements and work experience, or the faculty’s employability support.
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.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
Acting 1: Foundations
Music 1: Ensemble Singing and Music Foundations
Dance 1: Foundations and Posture
Acting 2: Practitioners
Music 2: Solo Singing and Music Theory
Year one, optional modules
Dance 2: Jazz and Street Dance
Year two, core modules
Year two, optional modules
Principles of Dramatherapy
Music Theatre Relationships
Professional Theatre Practice 1
Acting Through Song
New Media Performance
Year three, core modules
Year three, optional modules
Musical Theatre Studies
Site Specific and Immersive Theatre
Optional modules available all years
Anglia Language Programme
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
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.
Where you’ll study
Your department and faculty
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.