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School of Visual and Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Exit Souls: The Drama festival

School of Visual and Performing Arts drama students take part in a series of showcase events across the City of Leicester

Glorious Collisions

Where the live and digital arts collide with glorious results

Glorious Collisions 2015     

Fresh, exuberant and challenging performances from our dance students

University Dance Festival 2015   

School of Visual and Performing Arts

The School of Visual and Performing Arts at De Montfort University encompasses performance arts, visual arts and arts management courses, offering undergraduate and postgraduate study that encourages a cutting-edge approach to contemporary practice together with strong academic critical enquiry and analysis.

Study within the School is underpinned by our academic staff, many of whom are active practitioners and leading researchers. Our high-grade teaching provides an innovative and creative learning environment.

At the core of the School is a range of first-class facilities including the Performance Arts Centre of Excellence (PACE) building and extensive fine art studios.

The School encourages and facilitates regular student exhibitions and performances. Annual events include the University Dance Festival, the Drama Studies showcase Exit Souls, Glorious Collisions featuring our Performance Arts students, and a range of visual arts exhibitions.

With much of the School's activity forming part of the city's cultural life we have developed several partnerships with key cultural centres and organisations. These include the Curve Theatre and Phoenix Square including the DMU Cube exhibition space. The university also has a partnership with the nationally renowned Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival.

Research is key to our success and informs all our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning. Our areas of expertise include Contemporary Dance, Performance Practices, Renaissance theatre and Fine Art practice.

Listen to our students

Listen to our students

Find out why Samuel Javid, Laura Evans and Siobhan Phillips find studying in School of Visual and Performing Arts at DMU so rewarding.

Leicester School of Art

The Leicester School of Art was founded in 1870 – it was the first element of what, more than 120 years later, became De Montfort University.  Art is therefore the foundation on which our university was built. It re-opened in September 2016, and continues the tradition in a building specially created for it at the heart of our campus.

Drawing together the full spectrum of visual arts, from traditional processes to cutting-edge digital media, the Leicester School of Art offers an unrivalled environment in which to explore creatively, breach artistic boundaries and make the impossible real. 

If it is in you, you will find it here at Leicester School of Art.

Cultural Exchanges Festival

Our Arts and Festivals Management students organise the annual Cultural Exchanges festival. This nationally acclaimed festival has attracted guests such as poet Benjamin Zephaniah, artist David Shrigley, historian Dominic Sandbrook, cultural commentator Lord Melvyn Bragg and percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Cultural Exchanges festival website


PACE in Action

Students describe their experience of the PACE building.

School of Arts news

Latest news from the School of Visual and Performing Arts

School of Visual and Performing Arts events
School of Visual and Performing Arts events

Listing of our concerts, events, exhibitions, and performances.