Higher Education

This is how we began in 1995/6 – at the time, we were told we were the first British specialist creative and performing arts higher education institution started from scratch in living memory.

Our original focus remains: sustained work for people who want to survive in the world of arts and entertainment (while ensuring that those who perform and those who make performance possible are treated with equal parity of esteem).

We offer a variety of validated undergraduate degrees, masters degrees and foundation certificate courses. Each teaching year we provide two seasons of public performances.

In 2019/20, we have 870 BA (Honours) students, 50 Foundation Certificate students and 9 MA students.

Our approach to learning


Performers and those who make performance possible need to work harmoniously and creatively together. This synergy can't be taken for granted, since everyone has a different way of reacting to the world around them. Inter-personal skills, like persuasion and negotiation and understanding how groups can work well, are critical if the paying public want to experience a satisfying event.

The synergy here between performers, producers, managers, designers and technicians replicates industry practice.

No-one ever just does their job. It's how a job is done, within a group, that encourages a group to reform for another a project because they want to work together again.

Project based performance learning

The objective is to create, which is why our learning is based wholly around conceiving and delivering events or products.

Not only that. It's a truism that performers are their own product, as it is that every show, every band is a new enterprise. This is why we place serious emphasis on enterprise skills for everyone and why we support student and graduate entrepreneurship.

Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Inter-disciplinarily
  • Diversity
  • Equality
  • Transparency
  • Kindness
  • Good humour