Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre


Drama student Kate-Elizabeth Carey stands in the aisle of the seating area in the Rose Theatre in the Arts Centre.

Whatever your dream role – from actor, dancer and singer to choreographer, director and teacher – you’ll develop your talents here at Edge Hill. You’ll learn creative thinking, teamwork and problem-solving skills that are valuable in any sector. And with intellectually challenging topics, specialist modules and work experience options, you’ll be ready to grasp the opportunities that await you.

We believe that to understand performance, you have to make it. With our production-focused programmes, you can specialise in whatever area interests you, with dance techniques ranging from ballet to jazz, and somatic practices and dramatic disciplines such as acting, writing, directing and community performance.

There are countless reasons to study performing arts with plenty of career destinations to match. In fact, 92.5% of our students are employed or studying approximately 15 months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes 2017/18). Whether you aim to be a professional performer, or you want to work in community arts, Edge Hill’s performing arts degrees will help you hone your talents.

With great facilities and lots of student-led performance groups, our courses combine academic study with the practical skills you’ll learn during productions. Take your place as actor, dancer, director or writer and choose how you’d like to work. Learn what it takes to perfect your craft and understand your discipline. Then test your skills with practical activities and in-house productions.

  • Work alongside students and staff on our professional-level productions in industry-standard performance spaces.
  • Not everyone wants to be a performer. You can explore a range of applied and teaching opportunities, as well as direction, choreography and writing.
  • With optional modules, as well as opportunities to collaborate with people in the industry, and get valuable work experience, you’ll soon find your niche, whether that’s in performing arts, performance theory or applied theatre.


Course Name Qualification UCAS Code
Dance BA (Hons) W500
Drama BA (Hons) W402
Musical Theatre BA (Hons) T279

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Two students walk away from the Department of Performing Arts and The Arts Centre.Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities in the £7million Arts Centre which is also home to the Rose and Studio Theatres.

The Department of Creative Arts’ outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include dance studios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a theatre construction workshop, costume construction workshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, a recital room and an outdoor amphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as a fully equipped aerial performance space.

The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high-quality productions and performers, including comedy, dance, drama and music, designed to supplement Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre programmes and entertain both students and the local community.

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Open Days and Virtual Events

A prospective student and her mother holding an assortment of printed material during an open day.If you are considering studying at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into the student experience is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day.

You can tour the campus, including the halls of residence, with a student guide. There will also be opportunities to attend presentations and view subject facilities.

Alternatively, our virtual open day pages offer the chance to discover everything that Edge Hill University has to offer and find out more about any subjects of interest, including dance, drama and musical theatre, through a series of online activities.

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