Performing Arts employability

Practitioner and transferable skills

Group scholarship/group work skills

Throughout your course you will have the opportunity to work together with other students in a professional environment. You will take on various professional roles so that you develop a range of skills that will enhance your employability.

Independent research skills developed throughout course

Timely and accurate research is at the heart of professional practice in performing arts. You will learn how to build evidence for your arguments so that you can underpin and contextualise your creative practice.

Professional theatre and performance production and acting skills assessed against industry standards

You will work together in our professional theatre and showcase your work as part of our regular seasons. Your assessments will based around your demonstration of professional skills.

Entrepreneurship skills developed

The arts community is dependent on innovative and creative thinking. You will learn how to pitch ideas and persuade people to back your ideas.

Analytical and critical skills taught and assessed

At the heart of performing arts is the creation of meaning. The ways in which this occurs and the broader social and political implications of your work are important and so you will learn how to analyse and critical evaluate creative practices.

Personal and professional development

All units promote good communications skills, CV writing and website design

The excellent communications you will develop in a performing arts course are transferable across all graduate careers and are highly valued by employers.

Entrepreneurship unit option

The arts community is dependent on innovative and creative thinking. You will learn how to pitch ideas and persuade people to back your ideas.

Employability workshops (skills, routes into creative and performance industry and teaching)

Throughout the course you will learn how the arts sector works as an industry and the routes you can follow to develop your career.

Portfolio experience

'Presenting yourself as a professional' through creation of performance websites

Your online presence reflects your skills and experience to potential employers. You will learn how to present yourself online in ways that promote your talents and potential.

Units in applied theatre and workshop skills

Having developed core skills you will learn how to apply these in variety of contexts where theatre is used as a broader means of communication.

University Dance Company repertory and performance

You will be able to engage directly in the operation a professional theatre through voluntary roles in front-of-house, box-office and technical theatre while further opportunities to gain work experience are offered via internships in a range of roles in the creative industries.

Professional recognition and endorsement

Professional collaboration for development of industry skills

Engagement with professional practice is central to the culture of dance in the University, so you will benefit from on-campus professional dance, music and theatre performance through seasons of programmed work in the University's professionally equipped theatre and studio-theatre spaces.

Lectures with industry links and backgrounds

You will learn first-hand from our Dance teaching staff who have extensive professional experience as dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, educators and teachers, film-makers and community dance practitioners.


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