In 2018, 18.7 million of us went to the theatre in the UK, with box office revenue in London alone recorded at £633 million in 2015 (creativeindustries.co.uk). Whether you dream of being in the spotlight or working behind the scenes, there are many rewarding career options in the performing arts.
Studying performing arts at UCA will give you the confidence and skills to forge a career in this competitive sector. You’ll find that all of our courses place an emphasis on cross-course collaboration, with units engrained in the courses giving you the opportunity to seek out exciting projects among students in animation, film, music, fashion, gaming, television production and more. These creative communities on our campuses enable you to build a network of contacts that could form the bedrock of your future career.
Academics and technicians provide strong industry links and you’ll have opportunities to develop your skills and experience, via internships and work experience with household names like the Royal Opera House, National Theatre and Pinewood Studios.
Our graduates leave us with a deep understanding of the creative process, and impressive portfolios or showreels which demonstrate extensive experience of collaboration, creativity and passion.
Performing Arts courses are available at the following locations:
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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:
Located within easy reach of London, our students can take advantage of the fantastic West End theatres and the other performance venues the city has to offer. We have industry links with:
Find out what some of our students and graduates think about their time at UCA
"The main reason I chose UCA Farnham was because the course appealed to me; it was split between theatre and film and I wanted to experience both practices."
"I have learned so many new skills, I don’t even know where to begin. For a start all the design elements, the drawings and illustrations, the technical drawings that go with them, model boxes – making things to scale. Then you also learn a range of more practical skills - using silicone moulds and resin, and using the wood workshops. "