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.”


Learn more about our School of Art...

College of Arts students learn in dance studios, theatre spaces, recording studios, art workshop, not just classrooms

Career opportunities

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.

  • casting
  • creating and running new theatre
  • companies
  • directing
  • performing - acting, dancing or playing
  • music
  • producing
  • teaching
  • choreography

You could also go on to study our MA Applied Theatre and Education.

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Watch our students' production of Lord of the Flies...

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

Take a 360 tour of our Dance and Theatre facilities

A 360 look around one of the studios used by our Dance students
A 360 look around Derby Theatre