Theatre and Dance Undergraduate Courses

Our theatre and dance 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.

The School of Arts is a place where talent thrives and ambitions are realised. Our impressive facilities include Derby Theatre, the UK's unique professional, producing and learning theatre where you'll study alongside professionals and Déda, Derby’s creative centre for dance, where you’ll learn from choreographers, dance companies and watching regular performances. 

100%overall satisfaction - BA (Hons) Dance**National Student Survey, 2019
100%overall satisfaction - BA (Hons) Technical Theatre**National Student Survey, 2019

You’ll join a creative community that is supportive in helping students shape their individual identities and styles. Our courses focus on graduate employability, helping you to establish yourself as an artist; this may be through work placements, real world projects and the chance to showcase your work at events including the end of year Degree Show. 

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.

Courses are led by experienced practitioners, many are artists and designers with key industry contacts. Their fresh and dynamic approach to teaching will encourage you to learn through risk-taking and experimentation to develop your portfolio. You’ll learn skills that can be applied to a range of fields from design to writing, performance to education and curating to publishing. 

Explore our course pages to find out about student success stories and realise your own creative ambition. 

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

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"My time at the University of Derby has been a huge learning experience. The staff became more like a family and Derby became my home away from home. Due to the industry experience on my course, I have been able to pursue an MA in Acting."

Ellie Williams, Theatre graduate

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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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Facilities

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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Open Days

Register your interest for a future Open Day and we'll be in touch as soon as we are able to welcome you on campus.

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Academic Achievement Scholarship

We’re offering eligible students a £1,000 scholarship to celebrate your hard work and success. 

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