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Performing Arts

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Our performing arts courses are not just all-singing, all-dancing, all-performing triumphs. They’re all-embracing too, bringing our talented music, drama and urban dance students together with east London’s vibrant creative world in unique and exciting collaborations. 
School of Arts and Digital Industries
  • star performers

    You’ll be part of a friendly community of performing arts students who often work together to produce performances and festivals of exceptional quality and originality.

  • good career move

    You’ll have opportunities for placement and work-based learning across London with professional companies, communities and schools.

  • making a mark

    You can follow our students who have gone on to succeed in the arts world in diverse roles such as choreographers, actors, dancers, composers, sound artists, songwriters, arts education officers, event organisers, teachers and community artists

Why us?

Everything we do at our richly equipped University Square Stratford site is geared towards helping you develop your individual and creative potential in the world of music, dance, applied theatre and performance.

You’ll be taught in hi-tech studios and specialist performance spaces by professional practitioners with major reputations in writing, performance, production and applied practices.

Celebrating the richness and diversity of east London will be central to your work as you interact with the local community and extend the local to the global through international exchanges.

For instance, you could find yourself helping in a project like RadioActive, the radio station we set up to give a voice to hard-to-reach young people. You could be devising a performance for a young audience, or running dance or drama workshops in schools.

Whether you’re taking part in workshops with world-leading artists or developing your own practice in leading east London venues, you’ll discover one exciting fact.

While we may act local, we also think global!

UEL sample

It wasn’t your typical dance conservatoire where you just dance 10 hours a day. There was a lot of theory to it, which really gives you a backbone to go out in the real world and do it rather than just be a technical dancer.

Brian Gillespie , BA (Hons) Dance, Urban Practice and Theatre Studies Combined, graduate
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What we’re researching

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), a six-yearly national review of higher education research, underlined the quality and impact of our work. An impressive 50 per cent of the research we’re undertaking in the field of Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts was judged to be either ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’. All of our academics are teachers, practitioners and researchers. Here are just a few examples of their work:

Dr Sheila Preston, Head of Performing Arts, co-published with Tim Prentki The Applied Theatre Reader, which is the key text book on undergraduate and postgraduate courses nationally and internationally.

Dr Ananda Breed researches how performance can be used for post-conflict reconstruction and has served as the lead consultant for projects with UNICEF and the International Research and Exchanges Board IREX in Central Asia.

Professor Tim Lawrence has completed his third book, Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-83, while Dominic Hingorani published British Asian Theatre – Dramaturgy process and Performance.

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