Anglia Ruskin University

Performing Arts Anglia Ruskin University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Explore every aspect of modern musical theatre to become a versatile, confident and exciting practitioner.

Create and take part in musical theatre projects
Work with music and drama students in multi-disciplinary performances
Discover how the latest technology can bring modern performance to life
Get movement, theatre and vocal tuition from our specialist staff

Our BA (Hons) Performing Arts degree will let you explore every aspect of modern musical theatre, helping you become a versatile, confident and exciting practitioner, able to create innovative and powerful work.

With a focus on 20th century and contemporary performance, our modules will develop your skills in music, drama and dance while allowing you to investigate other areas of production. Digital performance, staging and the use of the body to challenge dominant ideologies will all form a part of your core studies, against a background of developing your performance skills and understanding the historical context of performing arts.

You’ll have a choice of areas to study, including directing, performing arts in education and live event management, allowing you to tailor the course to your future career.

Our commitment to performance culture will see you working alongside students from music and drama courses to create collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects that will give you valuable teamworking experience. You will receive movement, theatre and vocal tuition from our specialist staff, and attend workshops, master classes and lectures by visiting performers, practitioners and academics.

For all your practical work, you’ll have access to our dedicated rehearsal studios, complete with a flexible black-box performance space, as well as our additional rehearsal spaces.

We stage regular staff and student public performances, both on-campus and around Cambridge, such as our full-scale musicals and operas, orchestra and chorus concerts, and bands evenings. You’ll also have access to free tickets to attend performance work in Cambridge and London.

Outside of the course, you will find opportunities for work experience at our own on-campus Mumford Theatre, front of house or backstage, giving you a taste of life in a professional theatre environment.

You can also volunteer for our Anglia Ruskin Community Theatre Company, putting on workshops and performances at local schools to get more experience of being part of a professional ensemble.

Course details


Year one, core modules

Performance Contexts 1A Performance Contexts 1B Staging and Reception Staging and Production Digital Performance Performance Skills 1A Performance Skills 1B

Year one, optional modules

Directing Skills

Year two, core modules

Making Performance Performance Skills 2A Performance Skills 2B The Body in Performance

Year two, optional modules

New Media Performance Performance Laboratory Applied Theatre Music and Performing Arts in Education Performing Shakespeare Live Event Management

Year three, core modules

Devising Performance Major Project

Year three, optional modules

Special Subject Principles of Music Therapy and Dramatherapy Contemporary Texts Music Theatre Studies Art, Music and Performance Enterprise in the Creative Arts Professional Practice

Optional modules available all years

Anglia Language Programme

Assessment method

For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.

You’ll show your progress through essays, reports, critical reflections, studio and public performances and presentations, as well as your final-year Major Project, which may include practical work. This combination of practice and theory reflects the ways that you’ll develop your creative skills throughout the course.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code W491
Institution code A60
Campus name Cambridge Campus
Campus code C

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), preferably to include Drama, Theatre Studies or a related subject.
A level 96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), preferably to include Drama, Theatre Studies or a related subject.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.

Please note that our full 2019 Entry Requirements are still to be confirmed. Please check back soon for updates to these.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2019 International Fees are to be confirmed

Provider information

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