Performing arts

We are a close and diverse community of students, alumni and artist researchers creating inspiring and forward-thinking performance practice. Our aim is to help you become the next innovator in the creative industries. If you live to perform, make a home here with us.

why study here?

Imagine finding a supportive community where you can learn, and take risks. Imagine being on a highly practical course and working with people who want to make exceptional performances. Imagine being part of a city that is saturated with rich artistic practices. We'll help you emerge with experience, and connect you with people that will take you the rest of the way.


Hone your skills with our range of undergraduate and postgraduate performing arts degrees.

BA (Hons)


Four dancers holding a fifth aloft whilst performing in dance studio

Student view Jessica and Sophie talk about their experience of studying the BA (Hons) Dance course, why Leeds is a great place to be a dancer and some of the experience they’ve gained.

BA (Hons) Theatre & Performance If you are passionate about creating exciting, innovative and cutting-edge theatre and performance, this degree is for you. Hear from student Rebecca to find out why.

Our stories

your student experience

Why study performing arts here? You'll learn new techniques, test exciting ideas, and work with inspiring lecturers and researchers in order to create high-quality performance outcomes. You’ll also be part of one of the UK's great cities for culture, which means you'll be able to see amazing performances and creativity in action. You'll also have the support of our pastoral team, and access to placements and industry opportunities that reflect your career aspirations.


In the Performing Arts subject area, we are dedicated to offering our students the best possible creative arts education. Whether you plan to study Dance, Theatre and Performance or Performing Arts, our Leeds School of Arts building will provide you with an industry standard 190-seat double-height theatre space, an 80-seat black box studio theatre, and three large performance studios situated against the backdrop of our city's skyline. Here, anyone who is passionate about the performing arts will find that our spaces, alongside our teaching and research, create an exciting environment for creativity and innovation within the arts.

Leeds School of Arts performing arts facilities. Find out more about our industry-standard performing arts facilities.

Your teaching community

Our lecturers and researchers have a wide range of experience, and many are profiled on international stages. Our students have secured placements with the Company Chameleon in Manchester, international theatre-maker Ellie Harrison and with BMotion Festival in Italy. Together staff and students have profiled work at Latitude, the Edinburgh Fringe and Sibiu International Theatre Festival.

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