Performing Arts

Become a creative practitioner and leader. Develop valuable skills, knowledge and personal attributes. Graduate with industry experience and contacts.

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Courses we offer

We offer a range of high-quality courses based at our City Campus and at partner colleges across the North East. Take a look below to find the right course for you and begin your career in the performing arts industry.

Undergraduate courses

BA (Hons) Performing Arts
Full-time/Part-time

BA (Hons) Performing Arts

Take your talent to the next level. Personalise your course with flexible modules suited to your interests and passions across dance, drama and musical theatre. Perfect your skills in state-of-the-art, extensive facilities. Graduate with a wealth of experience and a host of transferable skills.

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Full-time

BA (Hons) Performing Arts with Integrated Foundation Year

This is a four-year version of our popular BA (Hons) Performing Arts course, with an integrated foundation year. Take your talent to the next level. Personalise your course with flexible modules suited to your interests and passions. Perfect your skills in state-of-the-art, extensive facilities. Graduate with a wealth of experience and a host of transferable skills.

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Female dancers
Full-time

BA (Hons) Professional Dance

This new and unique course is offered by North East dance organisation Dance City in partnership with the University of Sunderland. All of your practical and academic sessions will take place at Dance City in Newcastle upon Tyne which will give you access to professional tutors and facilities as well as placing you at the heart of the region’s dance industry networks. As a University of Sunderland student, you will also benefit from all of the University facilities and support on offer.  

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Full-time/Part-time

BA (Hons) Screen Performance

Explore the practical, theoretical and contextual aspects of the highly specialist areas of screen performance with this exciting new course. You will learn the insider skills and techniques for Television, Film and Radio and master industry standards and conventions alongside practitioners and leading researchers. We’ll guide you through the different genres of screen performance such as drama, comedy, soap opera and factual reportage.

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screen
Full-time

BA (Hons) Screen Performance Integrated Foundation Year

This is a four-year version of our popular BA (Hons) Screen Performance course, with an integrated foundation year. You will learn the insider skills and techniques for Television, Film and Radio and master industry standards and conventions alongside practitioners and leading researchers. We’ll guide you through the different genres of screen performance such as drama, comedy, soap opera and factual reportage.

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BA (Hons) Music 1 Year Top-Up
Full-time/Part-time

BA (Hons) Music (Top-Up)

Top up your HND or Foundation Degree to full honours in Music. Build skills, complete work placements and graduate as a skilled candidate with extensive dance experience.

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(Foundation) Applied Music Practice
Full-time

(Foundation Degree) Applied Music Practice

Do you want to study music with a focus on work-based learning, and build a career in the music industry? This course reflects the skills employers value. Study creative digital technologies, venue performing and undertake a music project as we prepare you for a range of careers, including performing, teaching and arts management.

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Customised Awards Scheme
Full-time/Part-time

Customised Awards Scheme

Pick and choose the modules you want to study to build a tailor-made course. Available at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, this course allows you to gain a qualification that closely matches your particular needs.

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Postgraduate courses

Group dance
Full-time

MA Advanced Dance Performance

This brand new MA is offered by North East dance organisation Dance City in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The course is a practice-based qualification which offers new and recent dance graduates the opportunity to develop their dance practice and technique, learn and develop choreography and perform their work. Through the course you will study dance technique, dance performance and professional contexts. You will also form part of a touring company creating exciting new work, led by nationally acclaimed choreographers.    

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Full-time/Part-time

MPhil Master of Philosophy

Take your education to the next level. Choose the areas you want to study, and which questions you want to research. Take the initiative while we support you with advice, guidance and facilities.

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Medicine
Full-time/Part-time

PhD Doctor of Philosophy

Refine your own agenda and do what you find interesting every day. Develop mastery of research methods that are appropriate to your chosen field. Discover things that no-one else has ever discovered.

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A book
Part-time

PhD by Existing Published or Creative Work

Take the fastest route to a PhD. Convert your previous research outputs into a qualification which will increase your employability and open up new opportunities. Progress your academic career and add credibility in applications for research funding.

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A stack of books
Part-time

Higher Doctorate

Take your academic career to the highest level. Make a very significant and sustained contribution to your subject. Gain an elite qualification that will mark you out as an outstanding contributor to your field.

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Customised Awards Scheme
Full-time/Part-time

Customised Awards Scheme

Pick and choose the modules you want to study to build a tailor-made course. Available at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, this course allows you to gain a qualification that closely matches your particular needs.

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Ignite your passion

A degree in the performing arts, which includes dance, drama and music, is for passionate performers who have a genuine interest in a career within the arts and entertainment industries. The University of Sunderland will ensure you are ready for work upon graduation, having studied with experienced and enthusiastic lecturers bringing a vast range of knowledge in their fields of interest. Staff are research active, and their 'internationally excellent' research will play a major role in your development during your time at the University.

You will be based at City Campus, in the heart of our thriving city, working within our purpose-built Performing Arts facilities. Here, you will be part of an active student community, with a host of events and activities on offer. Close at hand is the Murray Library, open 24 hours a day with excellent IT facilities, books, journals and resources.

Studying Performing Arts at the University of Sunderland can unlock a career in a broad range of areas, with graduates going on to work as performers, teachers, producers, community practitioners, arts administrators, managers and freelancers as well as in many other stimulating jobs in the creative industries. We can ensure that you will not only improve your practice, but also plan and take steps towards your dream career.

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