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Study Performing Arts at DMU

De Montfort University, UK

A creative UK university offering courses in Dance, Drama, Performing Arts and Arts Management

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Undergraduate courses

The follow degree courses are three years in duration and start in September 2019.

Performing Arts BA (Hons)

Our Performing Arts course is a highly practical distinctive course that immerses you in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary practise, preparing you to enter the 21st century performing arts industry. Incorporating many contemporary arts disciplines, including acting, dance, voice, physical theatre, music theatre, sound design and digital video, the course celebrates and interrogates the possibilities of live and digital arts in a range of performance contexts, from the traditional to the avant-garde.

Dance BA (Hons)

Our dance will develop technical and performance skills in a range of contemporary practices, deepen your understanding of dance and support you to find your own creative voice. You will be able to personalise your studies through the Dance: Choreography and Performance or Dance: Education and Community pathway aligning your degree to your career aspirations. Dance can also be studied alongside Arts and Festivals Management with our Joint Honours degree.

Drama BA (Hons)

Our drama is a dynamic programme informed by a mix of contemporary methods of performance making, current scholarly thinking, and historical theatrical traditions. It offers you the opportunity to learn about the subject in a variety of ways by working with professional researchers, research-active academics, visiting practitioners, undertaking placements and internships, getting involved in professional performances, going on theatre trips both within the UK and abroad, and showcasing your work to a variety of audiences.

Drama can also be studied alongside Arts and Festivals Management, Creative Writing, English or Media with our Joint Honours degree.

Arts and Festivals Management BA (Hons)

This course is a contemporary, visionary course that will prepare you for employment in the quickly expanding and dynamic markets of the cultural industries. You will have the opportunity to enhance your practical skills through projects and two practical placements in your chosen arts sector and develop a range of interdisciplinary skills such as teamwork, marketing and management theory, fundraising, business planning, licensing, health and safety, programming and cultural policy. 

Arts and Festivals Management can also be studied alongside Dance or Drama with our Joint Honours degree.


Postgraduate courses

The following Masters are one year in duration (or two years with an optional placement year) and start in September 2019.

Cultural Events Management MSc

This course meets the needs of the expanding cultural events and festivals industry. You will develop a solid understanding of the theory and practice of developing and managing cultural and arts-based events. You could work alongside leading organisations such as the British Arts Festivals Association, Festival Republic (the company behind Latitude, Reading and Leeds) and The Spark Children’s Art Festival. 

Performance Practices MA

This course sims to foster creative and performance skills, theoretical knowledge and research skills appropriate to contemporary performance practices, and is designed for those wishing to develop themselves as independent artists, practitioner-researchers, scholarly researchers and reflective practitioners. It is also suitable for professional artists and educators who wish to reinvigorate their practices and deepen their engagement in performance making.

Work placements

Our excellent industry links give you the opportunity to undertake placements and work in professional collaborations with expert practitioners. 

Some of our postgraduate Performance Arts courses also offer the opportunity to do a year-long placement in industry, allowing you to gain valuable experience to enhance your practical and professional skills.

If you are on a Tier 4 visa and are approved to undertake a one year work palcement, you will be granted a longer visa that includes the work placement.

However if you do not subsequently undertake a placement, we will curtail your visa which may have implications for any further Tier 4 visa applications. Any time added for work placements will contribute towards your time limit for studying in the UK.

 Entry criteria

English language requirements: 

Our performance courses require an IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each band, or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language criteria, you may want to consider joining a DMU pre-sessional English course before you begin your studies.

Academic requirements:

To check the entry criteria for your country, visit or email us at

Students applying for a Performing Arts, Dance or Drama degree at DMU will need to submit an audition via email. For further details contact

Tuition Fees

See a full list of our international tuition fees for 2019/20.

How to apply

Step 1

Download a free application form or apply using our online portal. Undergraduate students can also apply via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the UCAS Institution Code: DEM/D26.

Step 2

Prepare the following documents: 

  • A copy of your qualifications
  • A copy of your English language certificate
  • A copy of your passport
  • 1 reference for undergraduate study/2 references for postgraduate study

Step 3

Return your application and documents to the International Admissions Office at

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