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.
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.Find out more about Performing Arts
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.Find out more about
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.Find out more about Professional Dance
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.Find out more about
Study at the award-winning Sage Gateshead. Perfect your craft with help from experienced practitioners and through masterclasses with established musicians. Take part in real live projects. Graduate with a portfolio of work and a variety of transferable skills.Find out more about Community Music (Level 3 Entry Only)
Based at the iconic Sage Gateshead. Perfect your technical skills. Gain fantastic insight with masterclasses from vastly experienced musicians. Choose your own modules to suit your musical passions. Graduate with unparalleled industry insights and a range of new technical skills.Find out more about Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music (Level 3 Entry Only)
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.Find out more about Applied Music Practice
This MA is offered by North East dance organisation Dance City in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The course is delivered by Dance City at its Sunderland site based in The Fire Station Arts Centre, and is validated by the University of Sunderland. The course is designed for those who want to further enhance and develop their skills and knowledge in the field of dance. It will help to develop your skills as a versatile practitioner able to work at the highest level in a constantly evolving industry. You will be taught by leading arts practitioners and educators.Find out more about Advanced Professional Practice (Dance)
Create art that engages audiences directly. Gain work and contacts in the creative industries. Enhance your ability to gain funding for participatory projects. Develop both advanced theoretical knowledge and practices of working in participatory settings. Earn a highly relevant Masters qualification.Find out more about
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.Find out more about
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.