Performing Arts

Our Performing Arts degrees prepare you for work in today's performance, music, education and entertainment industries. Our role is to inspire and expand your talents, while introducing you to essential knowledge, skills and practices. Your job is to put your heart and soul in - and work hard.

  • » Study on a high-quality Performing Arts & Music course that has been nationally recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency
  • » Use our dedicated music labs, performance spaces, professional-level recording studios and sound stage
  • » Take part in live studio projects and collaborations with industry

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An excellent reputation

Performing Arts at Teesside has a growing reputation within education and within the industry itself. Our Performing Arts team is made up both of professional practitioners and researchers with international profiles, with close and current links to the industry. Our Music research team has received national recognition as a member of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Music and Inclusivity (one of only two CETLs in music nationally).

Quality teaching

The level of vocational skills and the impressive employment record of graduates from Performing Arts & Music contributed to national recognition of the high quality of our course provision by the Quality Assurance Agency which awarded us an excellent teaching quality score. Their review also highlighted our well-planned learning resources, particularly IT provision.

Students benefit from the fact that most academic staff are creative practitioners, offering professional experience as well as high standards of tuition and guidance. Staff are also involved in research which informs teaching and ensures our students are kept abreast of current practice.

Professional awareness

Each discipline area enables you to explore and innovate in the context of professional awareness. There are opportunities to undertake 'live' projects for external clients to gain experience of real business situations and make a significant addition to your portfolio. Our students produce public events and performances as self-authored research projects for client-sponsored events.

Excellent prospects

Our Performing Arts degrees are designed especially for those wanting to work in this ever-expanding industry. Alongside leading roles in acting and dance, the courses also prepare students for many other careers including teacher, animateur, choreographer, director and presenter. Furthermore, all our courses cover live and recorded media to help future-proof your career and maximise your employability.

Digital technology is at the forefront of nearly every media projection including film, television, new media, animations and computer games. We will nurture your talent by giving you the knowledge, skills and experience you need to succeed within the industry whether your area of interest is in performing, composing, producing, facilitating, teaching or filling any number of roles in the world of the arts, music and entertainment.

Our Performing Arts & Music students have access to a whole range of specialist facilities including recording studios, rehearsal spaces, dance studios, TV studios and a purpose-built theatre.

The University has state-of-the-art music facilities including digital music laboratories, recording studios including a professional level 7.1 surround sound recording studio based on a Digidesign Icon D-Console desk and a world-class sound stage.

  • Peter Wilkinson
  • Associate Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Performance for Live & Recorded Media
  • T: 01642 738665
  • E: p.wilkinson@tees.ac.uk
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  • Paul Elsam
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Performance for Live & Recorded Media
  • T: 01642 738260
  • E: p.elsam@tees.ac.uk
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  • Sarah O'Brien
  • Programme Leader (for BA Hons - Performance for Live & Recorded Media)
  • T: 01642 738150
  • E: s.obrien@tees.ac.uk
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  • Ronan Paterson
  • Principal Lecturer (Performing Arts)
  • T: 01642 384057
  • E: r.paterson@tees.ac.uk
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  • Heike Salzer
  • Programme Leader (for BA Hons - Dance)
  • T: 01642 738150
  • E: h.salzer@tees.ac.uk
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  • Lorraine Smith
  • Senior Lecturer in Dance
  • T: 01642 73 8556
  • E: Lorraine.Smith@tees.ac.uk
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  • Jennifer Essex
  • Senior Lecturer in Dance
  • T: 01642 738556
  • E:j.essex@tees.ac.uk
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  • Charlotte Brinksman
  • BA (Hons) Dance
  • 'The teaching offers us ideas … and encourages us to develop our own style.'
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  • Joe Tasker
  • BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media, 2014
  • If you have your mind set on something in the course, it can help you strengthen your skills in that area, and even better, make you gain new ones you might not have realised you had.
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  • Natasha Magee
  • BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media
  • 'When I asked my tutors for advice and sought their guidance they were always willing to help.'
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  • Chantelle Wilson
  • BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media
  • 'The course is awesome. The best part is the people – not just the teaching staff, but the fellow students.'
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  • Michael Comerford
  • BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media
  • 'The campus and facilities are also outstanding, we have access to TV studios, a motion capture studio and two theatres.'
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  • Lynne Lawson
  • BA (Hons) Performance for live and recorded media
  • It’s not all performing – there’s essay writing and modules on radio acting and TV presenting, and we get behind the camera and learn to use the editing suite.
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  • Huey Teng
  • BA (Hons) Dance
  • 'I enjoyed every module – they all involve theory and practice, and will enhance my future career performance.'
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  • Elizabeth Sayer
  • BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media
  • 'We spent most of our contact time in practical workshops rather than lectures.'
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