University of Derby Drama

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University of Derby Drama

University of Derby Drama, Our performing arts courses will provide you with a unique experience, combining academic teaching with the insights of practising theatre and dance professionals.

With 1.9 million people working in the creative industries, your degree can open the door to a range of careers. From dance, drama, music and technical theatre, our courses are the perfect blend of academic studies and hands-on experience working with industry professionals. Not only do we own Derby Theatre – a working professional theatre – but Déda, Derby’s creative centre for dance, hosts our dance course, so you’ll learn from professional choreographers, dance companies and from watching regular professional performances.

  • Undergraduate Courses
  • Postgraduate Courses

This is Performing Arts and Theatre

  • Hone your skills at Derby Theatre. Owned by the University, this popular theatre in the city centre stages a mixture of its own productions and touring shows. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to showcase your work on our stage and gain handson experience in a working theatre
  • Dance in the professional studios at Déda, a creative centre for dance, contemporary circus and outdoor work
  • Professional shows will inspire your own performances and give you the chance to go backstage to meet and learn from industry experts including performers and technical crew
  • Take part in national and international festivals to showcase your work

What our Performing Arts and Theatre graduates do

Our degrees will open a number of doors for you, whether you want to stay in the profession or branch out to use your skills elsewhere.

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • casting
  • creating and running new theatre
  • companies
  • directing
  • performing – acting, dancing or playing
  • music
  • producing
  • teaching
  • choreography


Derby Campus

University of Derby
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

T: +44 (0)1332 590500

Finding the Derby Campus

Buxton Campus

University of Derby
1 Devonshire Road
SK17 6RY

T: +44 (0)1332 590500