The Creative and Performing Arts degree gives you the opportunity to study across a range of disciplines including dance, drama, music, fine and applied arts. It is a mixture of critical studies and creative practice, giving you the chance to develop your own performance, underpinned by the academic discipline of creative and critical thinking.
Based at the University’s Creative Campus, you will work alongside academics and practitioners from across the creative and performing arts sector. Most of all, you will engage with creative performance practices across disciplines including Dance, Drama and Music, according to your personal strengths.
This degree is ideal if your talents extend across several art forms and you are interested in exploring and developing your capacities in a range of interdisciplinary and vocational contexts. It brings together contemporary performance practices, dance, music, drama, and applied theatre and, apart from challenging you physically and intellectually, it is designed to develop critical debate and innovative practice, creativity and imagination, vision and knowledge.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. Theories are taught in lectures, whilst skills are taught, brought into use and developed in the smaller, supportive environments of the seminars and tutorials. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
In your first year of study, there are approximately 12 teaching hours per week, which decreases to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you will be expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as working in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
During your degree, there are a variety of assessments to ensure you are given a range of opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and understanding of the academic and professional components of the degree. These include performance exams, essays, portfolio of coursework, a dissertation and a conference-style presentation of research.
You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
In the first year, you will study dance and movement, drama and performance, and music and sound in isolation, gaining confidence in both theory and practice to develop an appreciation of the conceptual framework in which each exists.
Weekly lectures provide you with a grounding in the principles and practitioners of the creative and performing arts, whilst weekly seminars allow you to explore ideas discussed in the lectures.
In small groups, you will have a weekly tutorial developing the themes of the lecture series and deepening your conceptual understanding of the various philosophical contexts in which the creative and performing arts function.
Your second year of study has an emphasis on the critical study of the relationship between the creative and performing arts. You can choose which two disciplines to focus on for the remainder of your degree, creating work that combines the different qualities of both.
Weekly lectures and a weekly tutorial in which you are introduced to a select range of critical frameworks in your chosen two disciplines and are assessed on your ability to apply these to your own practice.
You will take part in four practical assessments divided between two themed ‘Project Weeks’ which are devised from your practical seminars.
In your final year, the emphasis will be on you developing research-informed practice of a professional standard, drawing together your knowledge and skills acquired throughout the degree.
Practical seminars will help you develop a year-long performance project of your own devising, equipping you with the necessary practitioner skills to develop your own signature practice. You will complete a dissertation of your own devising, with supervision from a member of staff.
During the August/September admissions period we are able to offer some flexibility in our entry requirements for courses that still have vacancies.
We are also offering a Foundation Year on many of our courses for students who have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualification level to enter directly onto our degree programmes.
Please call us to discuss the options available to you: 0151 291 3111
Graduates of this degree go on to a wide range of careers, including museum and heritage participatory events officers, festival curators, musicians, music producers, teachers, small scale theatre and dance companies, community arts workers, theatre in education companies, regional Dance officers, arts journalists, academics and self-employed artists.
The skills and expertise Creative and Performing Arts students acquire throughout three years of study are crucial, because it equips you to work in multi-professional teams and adopt holistic approaches to complex problems in such an evolving landscape.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for 2019/20 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
As well as tuition fees, you may be expected to pay for any field trips that are a part of your degree. You will be told of any costs in plenty of time.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for 2019/2020 entry will be released in due course.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.