Performing Arts and Theatre Undergraduate Courses

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, drama, music and technical theatre, our courses are the perfect blend of academic studies and hands-on experience working with industry professionals.

Not only do we own Derby Theatre – a working professional theatre – but 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.

"There was a sense that anything is possible at Derby!"

“There was a sense that anything is possible at Derby. We were studying in an atmosphere where risk-taking, creativity and entrepreneurship were the norm. It gave me a love of learning which has stayed with me.”


College of Arts students learn in dance studios, theatre spaces, recording studios, art workshop, not just classrooms
Lord of the Files - A Production by University of Derby Theatre Arts students


Launched in 2014, our BA (Hons) Dance course is based at Déda – a creative centre for Dance, Contemporary Circus and Outdoor Work – and is run in partnership with their staff. We also house our theatre degrees at Derby Theatre

A 360 look around one of the studios used by our Dance students
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What our Performing Arts and Theatre graduates do

Our degrees will open a number of doors for you, whether you want to stay in the profession or branch out to use your skills elsewhere.

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

You could also go on to study our MA Writing for Performance, MA Applied Theatre and Education or MA Music Production postgraduate course.