• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
This Performing Arts (Hons) at University of South Wales invites you to explore the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of contemporary performance. You’ll be introduced to the varied traditions within the performing arts, including dance, music, circus, carnival, drama, storytelling, cabaret, stand-up comedy, mime and more, as well as ways in which they are combined.
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You’ll have opportunities to explore street performance and circus, the uses of technology in performance, and the chance to work across disciplines and study specialist modules.

You’ll be encouraged to be an innovative, contemporary performance practitioner, and make work for public performance in Cardiff. You’ll explore the voice and body in live performance, and how different spaces and technology can extend and transform the act of performance. Your study of music and sound, acting and physical theatre will include important histories and critical perspectives to help you create original work.

Optional modules allow you to build a particular performance profile. For example, you may have an interest in our study areas of popular music, creative sound and musical theatre. Students with an interest in physical performance could, for example, study dance and cabaret.


Performing Arts (Hons) graduates at University of South Wales have a wide range of skills, which can be applied in a number of employment contexts. This course will equip students with a range of performance related skills such as project management, technical skills, performance skills, performance direction and creation as well analytical, research and writing skills. Graduates can also further their studies by going on to postgraduate study and research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories. Histories and Origins of Performance
  • Interdisciplinary Practice Project
  • Analysing Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Site, Space and Place [Practices]
  • Circus, Street Performance and Performance Technology
  • Modern and Postmodern Performance Perspectives, Research and Analysing Practice
  • Creative and Project Management
  • Investigating Performance Project
  • Stand Up Comedy
  • Specialist Elective
  • Music and Performance
  • Improvisation and Role Play
  • Emergent Technology for Music
  • Global Perspectives (Music)
  • Dance Technique
  • Contemporary Performance Practice
  • Professional Portfolio
  • Graduate Showcase Project
  • Investigating Performance – Specialist Option(s)

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Typical A-Level Offer
BCC - CDD to include a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
  • Typical Welsh BACC Offer
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
  • Typical BTEC Offer
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
  • Typical IB Offer
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12600 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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