Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Performing Arts

Study the performing arts while you nurture your artistic individuality on this practical course.

Performing Arts

Course Overview

  • UCAS code


    W4F6
  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    3 Years
  • Start date


    20 Sep 2021

As part of your course you’ll:

  • Learn more about your current artistic interests as you draw from a range of disciplines as inspiration for your project work
  • Develop your passion, whether that’s for creative text writing, dance, acting or directing
  • Use project work to explore your particular area of interest
  • Enhance your practical performance skills and confidence in your ability to create performance work through weekly technique classes and creative workshops
  • Undertake a professional placement during your second year
  • Showcase your third-year work in front of professional artists and producers at the Leeds School of Arts annual festival

Leeds is home to hundreds of professional theatre collectives, dance companies and arts festivals so you’ll be surrounded by a vibrant creative community and an exciting range of performance work.

We’ll support you in setting up your second-year professional placement. You could spend a semester learning alongside and networking with one of the many artistic companies in Leeds or you could choose to travel abroad to work for an international organisation. Our students have previously completed placements at Company Chameleon in Manchester, BMotion Festival in Bassano del Grappa, Italy and with theatre company Third Angel based in Sheffield.

All of the staff teaching on your course are practising artists, which means our teaching is based on real professional experience. You’ll also have the chance to attend additional workshops delivered by external artists and companies. 

Our partnerships with organisations such as Compass Live Art Festival and Yorkshire Dance will give you the opportunity to learn from guest lecturers at the top of their field.

You’ll have access to specialist studio spaces used by professional artists at Northern Ballet and Yorkshire Dance as well as our own studios at our picturesque Headingley Campus.

See examples of work from previous students by visiting the Leeds School of Arts festival site.

Why study Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Second year professional placement working in industry gaining valuable skills and experience
  2. Courses taught by practising artists
  3. Access to workshops and guest lectures delivered by external artists at the top of their field
  4. Benefit from the university's partnerships with organisations such as Compass Live Art Festival and Yorkshire Dance
  5. Study in a culturally vibrant city, home to hundreds of professional theatre collectives, dance companies and arts festivals
  6. 90.2% of students from Leeds School of Arts courses in work or further study 15 months after graduating*

*Graduate Outcomes 2020

Filmmaking and Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett This video is part of a series that documents the creation of the ‘Dreamers of the Day’ advert which was conceptualised, filmed, produced and edited entirely by Leeds Beckett students

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