Academy of Music and Theatre Arts

Music studio, The Performance Centre

Established in 2010, following a merger with the internationally renowned Dartington College of Arts, The Academy of Music and Theatre Arts is dedicated to education, research and public programming across four related fields of practice: theatre, music, dance and cultural management and production.

The Academy infuses both national and international connections throughout our degrees, delivering courses with the intensity of the conservatoire, the reflexive intelligence of the liberal arts university and the adventurous spirit of the art school. You'll discover professionally active staff, many being award-winning and internationally celebrated for their contributions.

We're not just an academic environment in the traditional sense, the Academy is also a professional venue running a year-round public programme. Recent seasons have seen sell-out shows from leading companies such as Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Forced Entertainment and Kneehigh, and concerts from groups and ensembles including The Wiyos, Electric Soft Parade and the Michael Janisch Quartet. Combined with frequent talks and workshops from visiting artists and scholars, you'll experience the benefits of being part of a dynamic, professional producing community from the day you arrive.

The Academy is characterised by a set of core intellectual, creative and socio-economic commitments. These approaches are central to the way we think about education and the making of new work. Our graduate destinations bear testament to this way of learning and teaching.

Heurism (or 'learning through doing')

Sustainable careers in the performance arts are dependent upon the capacity to respond in an agile and intelligent manner to ever-changing contexts and opportunities. This is why we provide intensive practice-based courses, which balance both making and thinking with equal emphasis.

Collaboration

Given the importance placed upon graduates to work in new contexts, environments and collaborative configurations, you'll be encouraged to work and mix with courses right across the University's arts spectrum.

Internationalism

We support you towards internationally viable careers as truly global citizens. It's an approach reflected in our students, our involvement with the Erasmus trans-European exchange network, our partnerships, our staff and by the artists we work with. Many students take advantage of the opportunity to work and study internationally in their final year.

Social context

We believe our work, and the work you'll go on to produce, has a vital role to play in both developing and sustaining progressive, resilient communities and societies. All students are encouraged to undertake projects off campus in a range of social, professional and community settings. We also work in partnership with various third-sector organisations across the arts and social justice sectors, and place particular importance on our relationship with Amnesty International.