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Top Places In The UK To Study Performing Arts

Modern building of the University of Essex

There are many among us who love leading a theatrical life filled with drama, dance, and music. For them, it is about emphasizing the little and big aspects of life and living them as if we are on stage. Among them, there are quite a few who make a living out of it. Performing Arts is a delightful, arduous, and meaningful journey that takes many forms. The process of learning and making a career out of it requires years of education, training, and struggle.
Getting a degree from a good institution is quite important. Of course, talent and hard work can take you to great heights with or without formal education in performing arts yet the backing of a good institution can really catapult your career. You might want to consider the institutions mentioned in this article. Note, however, I have restricted this list to those in the United Kingdom and will cover institutions in other countries later.

Here are 5 top places in the United Kingdom to study performing arts:

  1. University of Central Lancashire
    Popularly called UCLan, the University of Central Lancashire is a prominent public university that was founded in the year 1829. It was previously known by many names and ultimately became what it is right now in the year 1992 when it was granted university status. It comprises several schools which include Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Nursing, Law, Sport, and Wellbeing, Forensic and Applied Science, and whatnot. It is, however, best known for its Arts and Media School. To internationalize the process of learning, it has entered into numerous collaborations with countries such as China, India, and the USA.
  2. Guildhall School of Music and Drama
    Founded in the year 1880, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama is a prestigious specialized institution based in London. It is presently among the top ten universities in the world for studying performing arts. The School conducts various degree programs, including doctoral degree programs, and offers courses in Music, Drama, Production Arts, and Youth Learning. Of all these courses, admission to the ones on Music and Drama is highly selective and is based on competitive audition. It also maintains a regular association with the London Symphony Orchestra.
  3. University of Essex
    The University of Essex was founded in the year 1963 and is a well-renowned public research university. It comprises 3 faculties which have been further divided into 21 schools and departments; it consists of the Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Science and Health, and Faculty of Social Sciences. The Departments of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, and East 15 Acting School are part of the Faculty of Humanities. Aside from these, there are flagship institutes conducting specialized research. These institutes are the Institute for Analytics and Data Science, the Institute for Social and Economic Research, and the Human Rights Centre.
  4. Lancaster University
    Situated in Lancaster, Lancashire, the University of Lancaster is a collegiate public research university founded in the year 1964. Its academic organization comprises 9 colleges; these colleges include Bowland College, Furness College, Lonsdale College, Fylde College, County College, Cartmel College, Grizedale College, Pendle College, and Graduate College. Through these colleges are administered 4 faculties, namely the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences which includes the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Faculty of Health and Medicine, Faculty of Science and Technology, and Lancaster University Management School. It also manages a slew of joint programs with universities from across the globe.
  5. Birmingham City University
    Formerly called the Birmingham College of Art, Birmingham City University was founded in the year 1843. It operates through 3 campuses administering 4 faculties and offering courses in myriad areas:  the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences, Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, and Faculty of Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment. The university is noted for its research output most of which has been designated as high quality and significant. To allow access to students to international education, it maintains ties with several universities and conducts relevant programs.
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