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Undergraduate study

Undergraduate study within the School of Visual and Performing Arts develops your creativity, encourages experimentation, advances your skills in critical analysis and your awareness of historical context. 

School of Visual and Performing Arts undergraduate courses

Performance Arts
Dance BA (Hons)
Dance BA (Joint Honours) (Hons)
Drama Studies BA (Hons)
Drama Studies (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
Performing Arts BA (Hons)

Visual Arts
Art and Design (Foundation Studies) BTEC Diploma
Fine Art BA (Hons)
Photography and Video BA (Hons)

Arts Management
Arts and Festivals Management BA (Hons)
Arts and Festivals Management (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

Our combination of research informed teaching and first-rate facilities provide you with an innovative and creative learning environment  Many of our lecturers are practising artists, choreographers and performers providing you with first-hand professional expertise. 

Performance arts courses focus on the contemporary with opportunities to utilise cutting-edge technology, perform, and explore theory and contextual study. Our bespoke PACE Building forms a creative hub, hosting the University Dance Festival, the drama showcase Exit Souls, as well as talks and visiting practitioners workshops. Outside of the University our close links with the City's Phoenix Square and the world-class Curve Theatre offer you further opportunities.

Visual arts courses include Fine Art, which allows you to develop your creative ambition in disciplines such as painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, drawing, performance, video, photography and electronic media. Facilities include generous studio space as well as specialist workshops and the course culminates in our final year Degree Show. We also offer Foundation Studies Art and Design course which prepares you for progression to a variety of specialist art and design courses, including BA/BSc (Hons) degrees. 

For students wishing to develop a career in festival and venue management our Arts and Festivals management course offers real-world experience through our close links with Leicster's nationally acclaimed Comedy Festival and the University's own prestigeous Cultural Exchanges festival.


Some of our most talented students have realised their ambitions as professional artists, performers, and dancers and choreographers, such as the Akram Khan. Others have chosen highly successful careers in education, television and the media, arts and festival administration, events management, the music industry, and are now employed by companies such as MTV, Ballet Rambert, Wembley Arena, the BBC, St Paul’s Cathedral Events and Glastonbury Festival.

Importantly, We also find that our graduates are able to use transferable skills gained on our courses to develop excellent careers in areas such as human resource, advertising and marketing, public relations, and management.

For more information please contact:

UK Study enquiries: 0116 250 6070
International study enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70


Drama Studies student 
PACE in Action

Students describe their experience of the PACE building.

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