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Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Where talent is showcased

  • deepen your knowledge

    You’ll develop the techniques and knowledge to equip you for professional practice. Thinking critically about performance will deepen your understanding of your craft.

  • learn from Professionals

    You will work with professional practitioners on UEL’s academic team and through master classes delivered by visiting professionals.

  • Leading the Way

    With undergraduate courses in dance, music and performing arts, we have a diverse community of creatives. And we’re leading the way. We pioneered our Urban Dance BA - it’s still the only course in the UK to focus on urban dance styles from around the globe.

About us

Your tutors and lecturers will encourage you to be daring. Everything we do at our well-equipped University Square Stratford (USS) site is geared towards helping you develop your individual and creative potential in the world of music, dance, applied theatre and performance. 

This may include working with organisations such as Theatre Royal East or the National Youth Theatre, or spreading your wings with performances at lively east London venues in Shoreditch and Brick Lane. Throughout your course you’ll take part in masterclasses and workshops with industry professionals, work on industry briefs with arts production companies, or get hands-on practical experience at COLL!DE, one of Britain’s most vibrant and innovative annual student-led dance festivals. 

You’ll be taught in hi-tech studios and specialist performance spaces by professional practitioners with established reputations in dance, music, performance, and applied practices.

Thanks to our reputation, you’ll have numerous opportunities throughout your course to work with acclaimed professional artists, such as renowned choreographers Kenrick Sandy (Boy Blue) and Hofesh Shechter, as well as top companies like the Half Moon Theatre Company, the Hackney Empire and the London International Festival of Theatre.

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I chose The University of East London because its urban dance course is the only one of its kind in the UK. The most memorable thing has been seeing myself and others finding our own style and also progressing academically.

Scott Dean , BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice
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Our facilities

Multi-purpose studios

The School of Arts and Creative Industries (ACI) Dance, Music and Theatre facilities are located in the newly built University Square Stratford building. The multi-purpose studios have fully sprung professional level dance floors, mirrors, ballet bars and high quality lighting, HD video and sound infrastructure. These two spaces are dedicated to teaching dance and movement performance as well as being spaces for professional performance production. All of our studios are available for rehearsal use by our student body outside of lectures as well as on our graduate rehearsal support programme. 

Black Box Studio

The Black Box studio is a professional theatre production space. Equipped beyond industry standards with high quality lighting, sound and HD video infrastructure. The Black Box studio is acoustically treated and has a fully sprung dance floor. This is a space designed for full technical, performance and teaching flexibility, devoted to producing high quality performance work.

Music recording studios

The spacious Live Rooms contain a Boston GP-218 concert grand piano, Yamaha Motif 8 synthesiser workstation, Yamaha Stage Custom drum kit and various percussion instruments. Control Room A is kitted out with Apple Mac Pro with Logic Studio 2, Avid Pro Tools 10, Ableton Suite 8 and Waves Diamond plugins, Native Instruments Maschine 1.8, Novation Impulse 25 USB/MIDI keyboard controller, Euphonix MC Mix and MC Control v2 control surfaces giving a total of 12 available faders, 2 x Focusrite Octopre MkII 8 channel microphone preamplifiers with a total of 16 mic/line inputs, MOTU 2408 MK3 24 channel digital audio interface and PMC TB2 transmission-line monitor loudspeakers. Whilst Control Room B houses our advanced Pro Tools Suite: Apple Mac Pro with Avid Pro Tools|HDX 10, Logic Studio 2, Ableton Suite 8 and Waves Diamond Plugins, Native Instruments Maschine 1.8, Novation Impulse 25 USB/MIDI keyboard controller, Avid HD I/O audio interface, Avid C|24 24 fader control surface with 16 microphone pre-amplifiers, Universal Audio 6176 valve channel strip (microphone pre-amplifier, EQ and compressor/limiter) and Genelec 8040A active monitor loudspeakers. In addition, students also enjoy access to 7 Practice Rooms and an Equipment Store with a large array of musical instruments and recording equipment for hire.

To find out more and experience our facilities first-hand, visit us at an Open Day.

Our staff

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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’.

Our Centre for Performing Arts Development (CPAD) has become an international centre for research in the performing arts and supports research that is concerned with political, philosophical, cultural, ethical, socially-engaged and community applied issues. 

As our staff profiles indicate, all of our academics are teachers, practitioners and researchers active in the performing arts making performance work or leading funded research projects.

Some examples include:

  • Dr Dominic Hingorani, Course Leader for MA Acting and Theatre Directing is co-artistic director of Brolly Productions - a cross-arts performance company that engages new and diverse audiences
  • Liselle Terret and Clare Qualmann Co-Course Directors for BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance are both active in performance making and publishing
  • Our dance team members, such as Dr Sarahleigh Castelyn and Dr Laura Robinson, who are leaders in their respective fields of Performance Politics, Hip Hop Dance and Choreography
  • Our music team, such as Helen Reddington with publications on gender and politics


Our courses will set you up to take full advantage of the demand for creativity, innovation and professionalism within the performing arts and wider creative industries sector.

We’ve produced actors, arts administrators, teachers, broadcast journalists, advertisers, designers and scriptwriters, music producers, sound designers and DJs.

One of our Applied Theatre graduates went to work as an assistant director for National Theatre of Wales and now runs his own theatre company. One of our Urban Dance graduates featured on TV’s Got to Dance. Some of our music graduates have signed to an independent record label.

When you consider the range of careers that just a small cross-section of our students have gone into since graduating, anything seems possible.

At UEL, you’ll have access to:

  • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing
  • Career Assessment, giving you the opportunity to learn about yourself and Career Coach will help you to discover career suggestions based on your interests.
  • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers
  • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team
  • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies
  • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair
  • Support with setting up your own business

Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector. You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!

Work placements

We always keep your future career in mind. 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.

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