Performing Arts BA (Hons)

About the course

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As a Higher Education Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts, DMU’s Performing Arts BA (Hons) degree offers exciting and innovative course content, delivered by nationally and internationally recognised practitioners and researchers, in sector-leading facilities.

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Reasons to study a Performing Arts degree course at DMU

  • The Performing Arts degree immerses you in cutting-edge, contemporary, interdisciplinary practice. Drawing from dance, drama, music technology and digital video, it is concerned with the interplay between live and digital arts

  • The degree incorporates arts management, through which you learn how to manage yourself, or others within the performing arts industry. These skills are put into practice alongside performance and creation, making graduates attractive to potential employers, and self-sufficient as creative practitioners

  • Our excellent industry links mean you will also have the opportunity to take up placements and work with professional practitioners



Key facts

UCAS course code: WW45

Duration:  Three years full-time, six years part-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria


  • Normally 280 points with a minimum of 180 points from 2 full A levels or 
  • National Diploma DMM or 
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ Points

Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs. including English at grade C or above.

Audition/Interview required: Yes

International Students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition|, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Teaching and assessment

The course has a practical emphasis, underpinned with rigorous theory. The majority of your time as a first year student is spent in studio practice, developing practical skills whilst engaging with key theories and practitioners. Theoretical modules involve lectures and seminars, in which you are actively involved in discussion and debate. You take an interdisciplinary core, and can select from option modules at years two and three, that allow for specialisation. In addition to timetabled contact time, you carry out independent study time, rehearsing, researching, meeting with collaborators, completing assignments, and preparing for the next week’s classes.

Assessment is through coursework, including performances, class contribution, devising, presentations, essays, reflective writing, blogs and portfolios. There are no exams. You have regular tutorials with your Personal Year Tutor, who assists with pastoral care. In addition, academic staff provide tutorial time, which you utilise on a weekly basis, in order to ask questions, discuss assignments and gain feedback.

You will develop subject specific skills within performance, the creation of digital arts (including sound and image), movement, approaches to ‘text’ and knowledge of the creative industries. The course develops your creativity as an emerging performing artist, focussing on the creation and management of new and innovative performance work. This encourages creative thinking, self reflection and self management, and transferable skills which will give you a competitive edge as a graduate.

Course modules

Year one modules|

  • Principles of Performance and Digital Arts 1 (compulsory)
  • Devising in Performance and Digital Arts (compulsory)
  • Arts Management in Context (compulsory)

Year two modules

  • Principles of Performance and Digital Arts 2 (compulsory)
  • Perspectives in Performance and Digital Arts (compulsory)
  • Collaborative Performance Project 1 (compulsory)
  • Negotiated Study 1
  • Dance Artists in Education and Community
  • Promoting Dance
  • Devising
  • Ideas in Music and Sonic Art

Year three modules

  • Research Project (compulsory)
  • Collaborative Performance Project 2 (compulsory)
  • Improvisation and Performance
  • Teaching and Leading Dance
  • Live Art
  • Music, Media and Community Arts
  • Music Industry Management
  • Media Industry Management
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Academic expertise

Performing Arts is staffed by a large and diverse team. Staff members are practitioners, nationally and internationally recognised for creative and scholarly work within the performing arts. Professional profiles include work in the areas of improvisation, contemporary dance, sonic art, autobiography, intermediality, live art and digital arts. Scholarly work includes publication and research in areas of interdisciplinary arts, creative collaborative practices and the management of festivals and events.

Industry links and professional accreditation

At DMU you have many opportunities to work with visiting professional practitioners. Visiting artists and practitioners have included imitating the dog; Théâtre de Complicité; Kyuu Theatre Company and Citizen 598. You will see live performances at local and London theatres. In addition there are placement opportunities in and around Leicester, the contexts ranging from educational and community to arts management.

Our excellent links with the local performing arts industry have also resulted in internships for some DMU students.

Graduate careers

The degree is designed with employability at its heart, and extensive research has been carried out into employment opportunities for performing arts graduates. The interdisciplinary nature of this course enables graduates to work in a number of fields, such as performance, creating work, project management, teaching, research, and community arts.

The degree gives you real-life experience of working as creative practitioners and managers, which is attractive to potential employers, and invaluable for graduates who want to create their own work upon leaving DMU.

You would also be equipped to pursue further study at post-graduate level if desired.

Fees and funding

2014 entry

UK/EU Fees: £9000 per year
International Fees: £11,250 per year

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DMU offers some of the finest facilities in The Performing Arts Centre for Excellence (PACE) building has two spacious dance studios and two large, fully equipped performance spaces. Three further studios are found in the Campus Centre. You are able to book rehearsal space and equipment, including digital video cameras, sound recording equipment and edit suites. All these facilities are on one campus surrounded by newly developed student accommodation. Within ten minutes walk is the city centre and cultural quarter. Here you will find Curve Theatre, and the new Digital Media Centre, Phoenix Square.

How to apply

UK and EU students are advised to apply through UCAS at|

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal|.

Contact details

For more information please contact:

Online enquiry form|
Telephone enquiries:  +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

Course details

There are four key strands to the BA Performing Arts degree: Practice; Making; Contextual; Management.


You will undertake classes that develop practical skills in dance, drama, and digital arts (sound and image). These introduce you to a range of fundamental concepts, skills and practices. You learn about safe practice and how to acquire an effective technique to work with others, and you begin a process of critical reflection on your practice. You also begin to develop skills within digital arts practice, and are introduced to basic sound and image capturing techniques and editing software. As you progress, you deepen your engagement with practice and draw together the discrete areas of dance, drama and digital arts in an interdisciplinary way, focussing on blurring the boundaries and exploring the interplay between these areas.


You will be introduced to concepts of making, including devising, composition and choreography. An initial focus is working with new technologies and digital media to explore how live and digital performance material might be integrated. As you progress, you create work collaboratively in companies, in response to tutor-led, and student-led, briefs. You have the opportunity to undertake an individual project which could focus on the creation of original, innovative work.


Areas of theoretical and practical consideration are contemporary perspectives; cultural, social and political perspectives; textual and performance perspectives. You will develop skills in critical thinking, in gathering, structuring, synthesising and evaluating information and in academic writing and presentation. In your final year of study you will undertake in-depth, individual research into an aspect of your course in which you are especially interested.


In the first year you are introduced to some key tools that the arts manager requires in terms of marketing and communication, finance and knowledge of the broader cultural context. As you progress, you put these skills into practice, managing the development, promotion and realisation of your own collaborative work.

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