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Many students strive to get an education in a creative specialty, because in Britain all the conditions have been created for the disclosure of creative potential. One of the main reasons to choose a university in England is a guaranteed high level of knowledge and practical skills. At universities in Britain, students receive a specialty in all possible areas: acting, directing, theater management, costume design, scenography. Students studying dramatic art take a large number of disciplines related not only to acting, but to script development, analysis of performances, directing, and production.

Studying process 

Performing arts brings together three types of arts: theater, music and dance. Training in these specialties is maximally practice-oriented and therefore completely immerses you in a creative environment. From the first day, students participate in creative work, master classes, and attend lectures.

Duration of programs

Bachelor's courses are designed for 3-4 years, after graduation, students are awarded a degree - Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA).

Specializations and joint degrees

For the first two years, students study a variety of disciplines before they can settle on a narrow specialty. Those who are ready to study several specialties at once and receive a diploma in them go through double programs - joint degrees.

University requirements

Universities consider the education of candidates, whether they studied creative subjects in school and whether they were engaged in creativity in their free time. The main requirement is to successfully pass the selection for applicants (casting).

Students' perspectives

Graduates start working in different industries: management, directing, performing arts.

In a broad sense, the direction "Art and Design" unites different directions:

  • Designer
  • Designer of computer games and applications
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior designer
  • Animator
  • Web Designer
  • Artist and Illustrator
  • Journalist and photojournalist
  • Dancer
  • Actor
  • Musician
  • Accessories and footwear designer
  • Photographer
  • Exhibition curator and museum worker
  • Historian
  • Fashion designer
  • Educator
  • Producer.

Design students go through a wide range of subjects, and therefore have high-quality and versatile training:

  • Applied arts
  • Visual arts
  • A television
  • Illustration
  • 3D design
  • Art history
  • A photo
  • Cinema
  • Printing techniques
  • Computer graphics programs
  • Communicative design.
Rank Institution Entry Standards Student Satisfaction Research Quality Research Intensity Graduate Prospects Overall Score                    
1 Oxford 224   33635 1 70 100                    
2 Newcastle 211 31837 44258 0.86 71 96.3                    
3 Loughborough 176 41730 44411 0.7 76 95.4                    
4 Lancaster 155 44231 44199 1 81 95.3                    
5 Leeds 162 31472 44350 0.7 75 93.8                    
6 University College London 188 11780 33635 0.95 56 93.4                    
7 Manchester Metropolitan 171 41730 27061 0.31 72 93.4                    
8 University of Wales Trinity Saint David 143 44259 34366 0.97 70 93.1                    
9 Dundee 185 42826 44230 0.86 56 92.9                    
10 Liverpool John Moores 190 44534 27426 0.24 63 92.8                    
11 Aberystwyth 130 16893 24504 0.67 75 92.6                    
12 Nottingham Trent 144 41730 21582 0.15 79 92.5                    
13 Arts University Bournemouth 148 44504 44257 0.13 80 92.4                    
14 Brunel University London 136 30742 44441 0.81 76 92.4                    
15 Edinburgh 171 31472 44380 0.58 64 92.3                    
16 Kent 130 20880 44230 0.83 78 92.2                    
17 Goldsmiths, University of London 167 46844 30348 0.92 57 92.1                    
18 Robert Gordon 159 44259 45689 0.69 65 91.9                    
19 Staffordshire 128 44412 32143 0.32 85 91.8                    
20 Kingston 172 44504 34001 0.26 61 91.7                    
21 Coventry 127 44381 35827 0.46 74 91.5                    
22 University of the Arts, London 138 34029 44533 1 65 91.5                    
23 Westminster 140 44231 13210 0.37 68 91.5                    
24 Glasgow 217 24167       91.5                    
25 Southampton 154 34759 35462 0.85 61 91.4                    
26 Ulster 132 32568 45352 0.99 66 91.4                    
27 De Montfort 122 46844 44410 0.27 75 91.3                    
28 Heriot-Watt 156 24167 44379 0.74 66 91.1                    
29 Northumbria 155 42826 28522 0.34 63 91.1                    
30 Portsmouth 123 16528     88 91                    
31 Huddersfield 142 44351 19756 0.17 72 91                    
32 London South Bank 111 44381 15373 0.64 78 90.8                    
33 Falmouth 137 44259 34335 0.32 76 90.8                    
34 Lincoln 128 44259 26330 0.24 73 90.6                    
35 Bournemouth 108 44320 3 0.33 76 90.5                    
36 West of England, Bristol 141 11414 32174 0.38 60 90.3                    
37 Reading 135 20149 44533 0.78 66 90.3                    
38 University for the Creative Arts 140 44200 26330 0.1 66 90.1                    
39 Sheffield Hallam 124 12875 44621 0.28 62 89.9                    
40 Central Lancashire 135 44652 46419 0.23 66 89.7                    
41 Hertfordshire 110 44351 20121 0.27 74 89.6                    
42 Bath Spa 138 29646 17930 0.4 66 89.5                    
43 Bangor 131 17624     75 89.5                    
44 Teesside 117 42461 34700 0.2 74 89.3                    
45 Greenwich 138 42095 44198 0.29 63 89                    
46 Norwich University of the Arts 133 44504 25235 0.18 61 88.9                    
47 Salford 135 13241 20121 0.29 57 88.9                    
48 Brighton 146 44504 34731 0.3 53 88.9                    
49 Derby 119 33298 47150 0.26 70 88.8                    
50 Edinburgh Napier 182 31107     61 88.8                    
51 Middlesex 134 34394 35827 0.33 58 88.7                    
52 Birmingham City 131 44412 32174 0.24 59 88.7                    
53 South Wales 128 43191 34366 0.08 59 88.6                    
54 Plymouth 135 41730 30713 0.42 54 88.6                    
55 Chester 118 44534 19756 0.25 64 88.5                    
56 Buckinghamshire New 120 32203 20121 0.22 66 88.4                    
57 Cardiff Metropolitan 126 46844 34366 0.2 54 88.1                    
58 Worcester 120 44381 12451 0.48 60 88                    
59 London Metropolitan 112 45383 19391 0.2 61 87.8                    
60 Writtle University College 30742 0.86 0.9 65 87.7                    
61 Oxford Brookes 148 31472 13547 0.53 50 87.6                    
62 Leeds Arts University 158 44320     60 87.6                    
63 Anglia Ruskin 129 44504 15373 0.46 53 87.5                    
64 Wolverhampton 106 46113 43132 0.47 60 87.3                    
65 Solent 127 45383 28856 0.17 57 87                    
66 Northampton 111 41730 44288 0.93 54 87                    
67 Cumbria 128 43191 15008 0.27 51 86.9                    
68 Chichester 115 18719     64 86.7                    
69 Sunderland 113 3,9 2,31 0,58 56 86,7
70 Liverpool Hope 124 3,07     79 86,6
71 Abertay 131 4,15     62 86,6
72 Ravensbourne University London 114 3,94     70 86,4
73 East London 97 3,66 2,82 0,28 60 86
74 West London 106 4,25 2,21 0,16 53 85,7
75 Winchester 102 3,97     68 85,5
76 Wrexham Glyndŵr 109 4,03 1,77 0,6 52 85,4
77 Gloucestershire 123 4,07     59 85,4
78 Canterbury Christ Church 100 4,49 2,28 0,48 42 84,7
79 Leeds Beckett 108 4,1 1,62 0,23 51 84,5
80 Plymouth College of Art 131 3,98     51 84,4
81 Bedfordshire 104 3,99     60 84,3
82 Bolton 115 4,1     52 83,8
83 Highlands & Islands   3,8     55 83,5
84 Suffolk 99 3,98     55 83,2
85 West of Scotland   3,29     60 83,1
86 York St John 111 4,16     45 82,6
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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