Performing Arts


We offer degree courses in Acting & Performance, and Design for Theatre, Film & Performance.

Our Acting & Performance programme at UCA Farnham integrates teaching of acting for both stage and screen. As well as learning acting techniques, you’ll become versed in the use of digital technology, with rehearsals and live performances taking place at Farnham Maltings – a creative arts centre in the heart of town.

Our Design for Theatre, Film & Performance programme will give you the chance to develop skills in design and production, theatre design, technical drawing, costume design, puppet-making and set building.

Our creative community will also enable you to build a network of contacts that could form the bedrock for your future career. Depending on your subject, you may even collaborate on projects with students studying disciplines such as animation, film production, creative writing and computer games arts – strengthening your skill set even further.

We want you to really grow as a professional during your time with us. Our graduates leave us with a deep understanding of creative process, and an appreciation of the collaboration behind final productions and performances. If you join us, you’ll get to benefit from an exciting and innovative curriculum that will enable you to develop your skills as part of a creative community.

Performing Arts courses

Performing Arts courses are available at the following locations:

UCA Canterbury

    UCA Epsom

      UCA Farnham

        UCA Rochester

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          You can download the Performing Arts Subject Guide to find out more about the courses we offer.

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          Careers in Performing Arts

          Our Acting & Performance course will prepare you for an exciting career in the performing arts and other creative industries

          You’ll be equipped with a strong knowledge of each aspect of the industry to get your foot in the door of this competitive market. You can pursue a wide range of exciting technical and creative careers in areas such as acting, sound design, advertising, broadcast programming and production management. After your studies, you can go on to work as a set director, filmmaker, set designer, or screenwriter; or you could launch your own acting career and make your name on the stage or starring in films, TV productions, commercials, or even voicing popular computer game characters.

          Alongside - or as an alternative to - theatre, TV, radio or film work, a career for the professional freelance actor can include:

          • Acting in corporate films, and live role-play in business training
          • Forming a company to create and stage own work
          • Commercials
          • Film or audio
          • Voicing computer games and animations
          • Creating original material for Image Capture projects
          • Community projects such as theatre in schools
          • Teaching, running workshops, rehearsed readings and workshop productions of new plays 

          Located within easy reach of London, our students can take advantage of the fantastic West End theatres and the other perfomrance venues the city has to offer. We have industry links with:

          • Farnham Maltings, our local creative arts centre
          • British Actors’ Equity
          • Drama UK (the body which oversees drama training across the country)
          • West End venues for showcase presentations

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