Discipline of Music and Performing Arts


  • Become part of Derby’s lively music scene and fine-tune your talents in our state-of-the art facilities.
  • Some of our music courses are accredited by the Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES) so you can be confident that they meet the high standards demanded by industry
  • We were the first UK university to have a Wave1 processor installed, putting us at the forefront of developments in 3D sound
  • Learn from the experts – our teaching team includes professionals who have an in-depth knowledge of the industry and are leading the way in music technology. They include John Crossley, a lecturer who has put together a live music show in ground-breaking 16-channel surround sound

Performing Arts and Theatre

Our performing arts courses will provide you with a unique experience, combining academic teaching with the insights of practising theatre and dance professionals. With 1.9 million people working in the creative  industries, your degree can open the door to a range of careers. From dance and music to technical theatre and costume and set design, our courses are the perfect blend of academic studies and hands-on experience working with industry professionals. We own Derby Theatre – a working professional theatre – and Déda, Derby’s creative centre for dance, hosts our dance course, so you’ll learn from professional choreographers, dance companies and from watching regular professional performances. 

  • Hone your skills at Derby Theatre. Owned by the University, this popular theatre in the city centre stages a mixture of its own productions and touring shows. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to showcase your work on our stage and gain hands-on experience in a working theatre
  • Dance in the professional studios at Déda, a creative centre for dance, contemporary circus and outdoor work
  • Professional shows will inspire your own performances and give you the chance to go backstage to meet and learn from industry experts including performers and technical crew