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. 

Undergraduate Performing Arts and Theatre courses

Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the courses with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

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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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"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.


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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Campus Tours

Campus Tours are a great way to explore our campuses, facilities and halls of residence. We’ll be running the tours in two-hour timeslots, giving you the best possible experience while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

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