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Performing Arts with Foundation Year BA (Hons)


What will I learn?

During the foundation year, you'll learn about core aspects of performing arts and gain skills to prepare you to study at degree level.If you’re interested in a broad range of performance areas such as dance, drama, vocal studies or creative theatre production then this course is for you.You will pursue a variety of subjects spanning a wide range of Performing Arts activities covering performance, technical operation, management and design. This will give you the flexibility to develop your art as you get to grips with the realities and practicalities of performance and production.There's a strong practical element to the degree and you'll be able to refine your artistic talents in dedicated performance spaces that are designed to inspire you.You'll be learning from specialist tutors who have been professional practitioners in music, dance, drama and theatre production. They have excellent working relationships with the creative industries in and around our lively arts community and they'll share their experiences with you and give you opportunities to connect with other professionals.The flexible nature of the course means you can tailor some of your learning to topics that most interest you by choosing from optional modules. From the processes of production to rehearsal and performance, you'll develop specialist skills and knowledge all the way through the course.Top reasons to study with usYou'll participate in shows every year where every aspect of the production, front and back of house, is managed by students.We have two on-site dedicated performing arts venues, a converted church with amazing acoustics, and a contemporary full-size black box theatre complete with the latest lighting rig and sound system.100% of our Performing Arts students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course. Graduate Outcomes Survey 2022You'll examine the industry as a whole, gaining an understanding of performance, management, design and production.Specialist facilitiesAlong with excellent performance venues, you’ll have access to the Anselm building which houses two studio spaces that are perfect for theatre, dance and music.Studio 1 – is a modern studio equipped with theatre standard drapes, a lighting rig, and sound system. It contains a state-of-the-art professional standard technical booth for controlling lighting and sound, providing a superb view of the studio.Studio 2 – is a flexible space, equipped with sprung floor, mirrors, sound system and full soundproofing.LocationThis course is run at our Canterbury Campus in Kent. Canterbury is just 50 miles south-east of London and less than an hour by high-speed train from St Pancras. Located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site the campus offers state-of-the-art buildings, right in the centre of a vibrant and world-famous cathedral city. You’ll benefit from a campus with excellent learning and teaching resources, music venues, a superb sports centre, a well-stocked bookshop and plenty of coffee bars and places to eat. A short walk away is Augustine House our award-winning library and home to a vast range of learning resources and student support teams.

Which department am I in?

School of Music and Performing Arts

Study options

Full time including foundation year (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£15,500.00 (US$ 18,895) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2024


Main Site

North Holmes Road,



CT1 1QU, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C, or above, or an acceptable equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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