Choosing to study a performing arts subject means you will have a higher education experience rich in practical projects, with an extensive list of career prospects to choose from when you complete your studies.

Below are some of the different career paths you could take after completing a Performing Arts undergraduate programme.

Directly related career options include:

• Actor

Actors communicate a character or situation to an audience through speech, body language and movement.

• Dancer

Dancers use movement to portray a character, story or abstract concept; usually to the accompaniment of music.

• Community Arts Worker

Community Arts Workers promote artistic activities to local groups and individuals to support their development and improve their quality of life.

• Drama Therapist

Drama Therapists use performance arts to address and deal with a range of personal and social difficulties. They use a range of theatrical methods to explore their clients’ experiences and help them to express themselves in a way that may be easier than directly talking about it.

• Teacher

Performing Arts Teachers can work within primary, secondary, further and higher education, teaching performing art disciplines to all ages and abilities.

• Theatre Director

Theatre Directors work with production teams, performers and producers to interpret a dramatic script or score. Using their artistic vision, they are involved in the whole process from pre-production to the final performance.

• Theatre Stage Manager

Theatre Stage Managers coordinate all aspects of a theatre company to ensure the successful delivery of performances.

Indirectly related career options include:

• Arts Administrator

An Arts Administrator manages activities and projects provided by a range of organisations in the arts sector. These include arts festivals and centres; local authorities and arts councils; theatres, galleries and museums.

• Broadcast Presenter

Broadcast Presenters are the public face, or voice, of programmes broadcast on television, radio and via the internet.

• Film Director

Directors are integral to the success of any film project. Directors contribute to all the creative elements of a production.


Whatever career you choose, you can feel secure in the fact that University Campus Barnsley will provide you with all the essential skills to flourish in your chosen industry.

Find out more about the Acting for Touring Theatre Foundation Degree and the Acting for Touring Theatre BA (Hons) Top-Up offered at UCB.