Performing Arts at the University of Chester achieved an impressive score of 96% overall student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey, the largest national survey of final year undergraduates in the country.
Not only that, the course was also rated highly in other areas too, such as:
- “Staff are good at explaining things” – 92%
- “Staff have made the subject interesting” – 95%
- “The course is intellectually stimulating” – 93%
- “My course has challenged me to achieve my best work” – 93%
The average score of all questions asked was a very positive '90% of students agree'.
Why Study Performing Arts at the University of Chester?
The course at Chester combines both dance and drama modules, enabling you to select from a wide range of options in order to tailor your studies to end up with the degree that you want.
The first year has a 50/50 split between the two areas, but in your second and third year, you can elect to do more of one or the other, or keep them equal as you develop into the practitioner you wish to become.
It is an outwardly facing course which looks beyond the three years of study and aims to prepare you for your chosen career after you leave.
A wide range of topics will be available for you to study during your time here, ranging from musical theatre to live art and the incorporation of technology into performance, to create cutting edge pieces of work.
The department has excellent links with the theatre industry. We have three professional theatre companies that work from Kingsway, 2engage, Performing Pathways and Haylo Theatre Company. We also have links with Chester’s Storyhouse Theatre, where our students have enjoyed placements as trainee directors, stage managers and performers.
An important strand of our department is our work in community and educational drama. We have excellent links in the area with schools and community arts organisations, and our students regularly enjoy placements as part of their studies. There is also a six-week work placement module where students can gain valuable industry level work experience and make contacts for when they graduate.
At Kingsway, we have a thriving performance environment. There is in-house work developed by students from both the BA and MA programmes. Also, each year we invite a number of visiting artists to perform shows and deliver workshops to our students at Kingsway.
These include our resident artist, Mole Wetherall, director of the internationally acclaimed company Reckless Sleepers. We also have regular visits from Teatro Pomodoro, our other company-in-residence. In recent years we have hosted performers from as far afield as Italy, France, Japan, Canada and Columbia, as well as cutting edge young companies from around the UK.
Alongside this, we also organise field trips, which involve taking our students to see shows in Liverpool, Manchester and North Wales.
Supportive, Research-active Staff
Students are taught by enthusiastic and supportive staff and there is an excellent student-to-staff ratio within the department, meaning you never have to wait long to speak to a member of the team. Taught sessions include traditional lectures, practical classes, tutorial classes and small group teaching.
Every student at the University of Chester also has a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT), who provides additional pastoral support to a student throughout their full degree. In Drama and Theatre Studies, your PAT would be one of the lecturers from the Department, giving you another opportunity to get to know a drama practitioner.
Want to Know More?
If you would like to know more about studying Performing Arts, meet staff and students, get your questions answered, or about living in Chester, why not visit us on one of our Open Days?