Performing Arts

BA single honours Performing Arts 2016/17

(with pathways in Dance, Drama, Theatre Production and Vocal Studies) 

Our three-year programmes give students the training and direction to start a successful career in the creative and performing arts industries. We have superb new facilities; specialist tutors who are themselves professional practitioners in Music, Dance, Drama and Theatre Production; and we have excellent working relationships with the creative industries in and around our lively arts community. These potential future employers are involved in the delivery of the programme, and bring their experience and drive to our students.

Everyone follows a core of modules covering a broad spectrum of activity in the modern performing arts industry, but students may specialise if they wish. The specialist pathways are Dance, Drama, Vocal Studies, and Theatre Production, and there is a multi-disciplinary pathway that may combine a number of these options.

Most importantly, there is greater emphasis on students’ work as they progress through the three-year programme, and the final year offers an unparalleled opportunity to mould their studies to their own specialisms.

In the first year, performing students spend a third of their time on performance work, beginning with work in all three disciplines: Drama, Vocal Studies, and Dance. After that, they can specialise, or keep several disciplines going; it’s all about flexibility and choice. Production students engage in extended lighting and sound workshops. The additional modules that make up the programme focus on aspects of the performing arts industry that we think provide an excellent broad foundation of relevant practice: Technical Theatre introduces students to the principles of sound and lighting, and they end up perfectly capable of programming a computer − controlled lighting rig; Theatre Design explores concepts relating to the research and development processes of designers; Arts Management introduces marketing techniques and the workings of arts venues. Finally, Critical Studies discusses analysis and performance theory whilst delving into the world of contemporary and cutting edge performance practice.

In Year 2, students continue to develop the work covered in Year 1: Arts Management in Practice asks students to put the theory into practice and form Touring Performance Companies that work to commission in conjunction with industry mentors. Critical Studies continues to provide a thorough academic exploration of current theoretical thinking relating to arts practice.

What is truly engaging is the range of option modules that allow students to customize the rest of their timetable; Stage Management allows students to take control of the logistics of running performance events, and Production Techniques examines digital audio production for performance as well as automated lighting systems. Stage Combat introduces students to both armed and unarmed combat techniques for the stage, Performing Arts Online gives students the opportunity to build web pages as a method of marketing and promotion and Theatre Design 2 focuses on costume and mask making. Students get to choose two of these option modules in Year 2.

The final year has a very different flavour, with much more emphasis on students’ interests and specialist direction. They hone their specialist skills in their option performance discipline module − or continue to combine the various performance techniques in our multi-disciplinary pathway. At this point, some students may have decided to move away from performance altogether and can opt to complete their degree within the Theatre Production pathway, heading up a technical crew that oversee the final year performances. Devising and Directing is one of the most exciting − and most popular − parts of the course, in which students create their own live performance work.

Alternatively, Multimedia Performance Environments explores the world of performance technology and interactive installation. Again, there is still a choice to be made; The Individual Study module allows students to develop their own interests in a long essay, whereas Arts in Professional Context asks them once again to turn and face outwards and create a series of workshops that they deliver to a client group of their choice. Some of the most powerfully affecting work we have seen so far has been done in this module.

We think we have created a programme that sends our graduates out well-prepared for the real world of the performing arts in Britain and beyond. Students will be able to tackle anything from leading a Commedia workshop to running a lighting desk − and will know how to sell themselves in print, online, and in person. What course they take, in a multi-faceted industry, will be up to them − but we will have got them ready for it.

Transferable skills gained on your course:

  • Confidence
  • Self-presentation
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Time management and organisational skills
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-discipline
  • An open mind and the ability to move beyond boundaries and experiment with different ideas
  • Communication skills
  • Analytical, critical and research skills
  • Ability to cope with criticism and learn from it
  • Stamina

Download a fact sheet with more information about your career options with Performing Arts


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The programme is structured in such a way as to encourage student choice and autonomy, in order to allow students to pursue their areas of strength and interest in the performing arts.

At the heart of the programme is the interaction between tutor and student, whether in lectures, seminars or workshops; and full use is made of the virtual learning environment offered by Blackboard. A wide range of learning and teaching strategies is adopted in the proposal, as necessitated by the nature of the subject and by the programme aims.

The programme expects students’ independent study to be supported through the use of online learning facilities in the provision of lecture support materials, links to a wider range of information sources and contact with tutors and peers by means of electronic communication.

Given the aim to produce graduates who are competent and confident in the performing arts industry it will come as no surprise to find direct engagement with the Performing Arts and related disciplines: a great deal of practical performance is built into the programme. Students will engage in the various processes of production, rehearsal, performance, presentation of seminars and workshop leadership. The participation of those students who perform within performance workshops and masterclasses will provide the opportunity for their performances to be analysed and performance practice developed.

Whilst the practical component of many modules is important, most modules require an element of written work as part of the assessment strategy. This may take one of a number of forms, as follows:

  • Essay/dissertation
  • Seminar Presentation & viva:
  • Reflective Commentary
  • Portfolio

Fact file

UCAS code

  • W490 Performing Arts
  • W500 Dance
  • W400 Drama
  • W440 Theatre Production
  • W310 Vocal Studies
  • WN48 with Events Planning
  • W4W3 with Music


  • 3 years full-time

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