Performance - School of Journalism, Media and Performance

UCLan offers an exciting range of courses within the field of performance; acting, dance, music and theatre, which are designed to prepare graduates for a career in the industry. Our degrees attract students from a variety of backgrounds, each with their own style and passion. We aim to develop your raw talent and instil a creative edge that will stand you in good stead for the future.

Our courses provide the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance that will equip you with the skills needed to succeed in your career. Many students achieve high-profile roles upon graduation: acting and music theatre graduates have gained major roles with leading theatre companies or cast in major television programmes; music students have achieved success as performers and producers; dance students have developed careers in education and community dance practice.

This Soap in a Week project is really exciting for us at ITV and one we’re delighted to be doing with the University of Central Lancashire. The facilities here are fantastic; the new set is amazing and it will be such a great educational tool to help students come out at the other end with practical industry knowledge.

Phil Collinson, ITV Development Producer
T.H.E. Award Winners for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts for Global Sound Movement
24/7 access to the Media Factory housing state-of-the-art industry standard facilities
Over 100 students involved in Soap in a Week with the cast and crew of Coronation Street and Emmerdale
The award winning Chamber Choir was formed in 2005 and is made up of Music Theatre students.

Highlights of our Performance Courses



We have an excellent reputation for teaching and learning so you’ll be ready for a successful career: our teaching team consists of practitioners and academics with close links to theatres, arts centres and funding bodies, and our students enjoy visits to theatres and other work spaces relevant to their discipline.


UCLan was crowned a winner at the 2016 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. Beating off competition from five other UK universities, the University won the arts category prize for its Global Sound Movement (GSM) project, a unique digital arts initiative that captures the sounds of rare and exotic musical instruments from remote villages across the globe for commercial use with profits donated back to the communities.


The high quality, professional work completed here is recognised by real world businesses who regularly commission live projects from our courses.


You have 24/7 access to the Media Factory, housing state-of-the-art industry-standard facilities. Performances and workshops also take place in St Peter’s Arts Centre, a beautiful converted former church at the centre of the Preston Campus.


International study is possible - we have links with a number of international places of study, including Humboldt State University in California, and you could get the opportunity to perform overseas - previous students have performed in France and Shanghai


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Training at UCLan really set me up for life as a professional actor. My training was an incredible experience, I gained valuable knowledge, skills, and professional contacts which have helped me start my career.

Mandip Gill, BA (Hons) Acting Graduate


BA (Hons) Acting Graduate

Mandip Gill

Terence Chapman, course leader on the BA (Hons) Acting recalls Mandip’s first screen appearance at UCLan: “It was clear from Mandip’s assessment, during her ‘Acting for the Camera’ module that Mandip was very natural in front of the camera.

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Musician in Residence and Course Leader for Music Theatre

Mark Goggins

Mark arrived at UCLan in 1998 and has led the University’s Music Theatre Degree since its inception in 2003. He also directs the award-winning Chamber Choir, who gained national recognition in 2010 when they triumphed in BBC Radio 3’s Choir of the Year competition, bringing home the prestigious trophy in the Adult Category.

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BA (Hons) Music Production

Rob Turner

Mainly writing songs for himself while also performing in a band, Rob developed an interest in the techniques of recording music. While at UCLan, Rob took interest in ‘non-musical’ objects and atmospheres and how they could be used for composition.

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