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.

Study alongside professionals at Derby Theatre, the UK's unique professional, producing and learning theatre and Déda, Derby’s creative centre for dance, where you’ll learn from professional choreographers, dance companies and watching regular performances.

100% of students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of both our BA (Hons) Dance and BA (Hons) Technical Theatre courses according to the National Student Survey 2019.

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100%overall satisfaction - BA (Hons) Technical Theatre**National Student Survey, 2019
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Derby Theatre wins Excellence in Arts Education Award at UK Theatre Awards

Derby Theatre has won recognition of its learning theatre vision and innovative This is Derby project.

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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.

Richard Gerver
BA Theatre Arts, Derby Theatre Board member and best-selling author

Study and learn alongside professionals at Derby Theatre...

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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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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 house our theatre degrees at Derby Theatre

Explore our facilities through our virtual tours:

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The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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