BA (Hons) Performing Arts

The University of South Wales’ Performing Arts degree offers an all-round intensive study of performance skills focusing on acting for theatre, film and voice, devised performance, technical production and directing for theatre. It will introduce you to varied traditions such as drama, dance, music, circus, carnival, storytelling, cabaret, stand-up comedy, mime and more and ways in which those practices are combined.

Our Performing Arts degree explores the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of contemporary performance. In addition to circus skills tutors from Cardiff’s internationally renowned NoFit State Circus, our core teaching team are all experienced performers, practitioners and academics working across the full range of contemporary performance. Your performing arts training will explore the dynamics of voice and body in live performance, including physical conditioning through preparation for circus and movement work. Your study of music and sound, acting and physical theatre will also include considering important histories and critical perspectives to help you create original work for public performance.

What you will study

There will be many opportunities for student-led, independent practical projects: in years two and three you can pursue a specialist field of your choice and in your third year you can undertake placements and create and perform a showcase project.

Year One

  • Theories. Histories and Origins of Performance
  • Interdisciplinary Practice Project
  • Analysing Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Site, Space and Place [Practices]
  • Circus, Street Performance and Performance Technology

Year Two

  • Modern and Postmodern Performance Perspectives, Research and Analysing Practice
  • Creative and Project Management
  • Investigating...
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The University has impressive new arts facilities thanks to our £14.7m extension of the ATRiuM building. This building now has a 160-seat auditorium theatre with a sprung stage floor, full lighting rig, two brand-new dance studios and multimedia facilities. There are also four black box studio theatres, and professional film studios with ‘green screen’ and motion capture facilities, among other new facilities.


Rob Smith & Dr Hilary Ramsden, Performing Arts Course Leaders
Steve Fisher, Academic Subject Manager
Matthew Gough, Senior Lecturer
Sarah Crews, Senior Lecturer
Nigel Long, Lecturer

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This course is taught at: Cardiff Campus


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  • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
    • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2018

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