Whether you want a career performing on stage or behind the scenes, a degree in Music, Theatre or Performance combines specialist teaching with entrepreneurial skills in self-promotion to prepare you for the performing arts industry. 

Career options

Career opportunities for performing arts graduates are diverse and varied. You could become a professional musician, actor or dancer; either performing in a band or company. Alternatively, you could be self-employed and work as a freelance artist or performer. You may use your creative talents to inspire others by working as a teacher or by running creative workshops as a community arts practitioner. 

The career opportunities are much more varied for modern music, theatre or performance graduates, and don’t all revolve around traditional acting or performing for stage or screen.

A degree also gives you the chance to gain skills in a variety of backstage and technical roles - from directing and producing to lighting, sound and stage design, these jobs are vital for the smooth running of a show. With the rise of music and theatre productions using emerging technologies to create immersive experiences for audiences, there is an increasing demand for skilled technical roles in the industry.

Job opportunities

Our Music, Theatre, and Performance degrees prepare graduates for a broad range of careers in the creative industries. You could become a: 

  • Songwriter 
  • Session Musician 
  • Music Manager 
  • Music Producer 
  • Music Journalist 
  • Tour Manager
  • Corporate Event Manager 
  • Film or Television Actor 
  • Stage Performer 
  • Voiceover Artist 
  • Lighting Technician
  • Lighting Designer 
  • Stage Manager 
  • Production Manager 
  • Sound Technician 
  • Sound Designer  

Graduates in the spotlight

Our graduates have gone on to carve successful careers in the following roles: 

  • Visual Creative Coordinator at Warner Brothers Records  
  • A&R Coordinator at Island Records  
  • Music Video Executive Producer at Stink Films 
  • Senior Label Manager at The Orchard 
  • Founders of the music and sound design studio, The Soundery 
  • Freelance Dancer 
  • Dance Production Consultant 
  • Community Arts Practitioner 
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Six bassist

From Falmouth to the West End

12 April 2022

Popular Music graduate Kelly has landed her dream role as a bassist for Six the Musical. In Augus...

From Falmouth to the West End
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The Soundery

The Soundery: Graduates making big sounds for big brands

02 February 2022

Graduates Luke Brown and Liam Iliffe set up their audio composition agency The Soundery in 2017. Tod...

The Soundery: Graduates making big sounds for big brands
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Hockeysmith

Popular Music graduate takes The Guardian Playlist top spot

02 December 2021

BA Popular Music graduate Annie Hockey-Smith, who makes fascinating techno-infused tunes under the m...

Popular Music graduate takes The Guardian Playlist top spot
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Dom Mckiernan

Falmouth graduate joins Stink Films as music video executive producer

23 September 2021

BA(Hons) Popular Music graduate Dom Mckiernan has joined the independent production network Stink Fi...

Falmouth graduate joins Stink Films as music video executive producer
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Dance & Choreography graduate produces 2020 Rhythms

12 January 2021

Commissioned by East London Dance through their The Fi.ELD (Future Innovators. East London Dance) pr...

Dance & Choreography graduate produces 2020 Rhythms
R&B artist and graduate Tony Njoku
Tony Njoku
R&B artist and graduate Tony Njoku. Image - Lennon Gregory

Music Graduate One to Watch

21 January 2020

Picked as 'one to watch' by the Guardian in late 2019, life has been a whirlwind for rising&nbs...

Music Graduate One to Watch
R&B artist and graduate Tony Njoku
Tony Njoku
R&B artist and graduate Tony Njoku. Image - Lennon Gregory

Music Graduate One to Watch

21 January 2020

Picked as 'one to watch' by the Guardian in late 2019, life has been a whirlwind for rising&nbs...

Music Graduate One to Watch
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Ider Live

Ider’s Emotional Education on Tour

11 December 2019

Lily Somerville and Megan Markwick found each other at Falmouth University, now the world is discove...

Ider’s Emotional Education on Tour
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Making Music: The Talent Behind the Scenes

07 June 2019

It might be the musicians that get the spotlight, but the music industry is bursting with talented p...

Making Music: The Talent Behind the Scenes
Joe Pym

Behind the Scenes of Music Streaming

05 June 2019

In 2014, Joe Pym graduated from BA(Hons) Popular Music and started working at Island Records. Five y...

Behind the Scenes of Music Streaming

Postgraduate study

An undergraduate degree in the performing arts may also lead you down the path of postgraduate study. A master’s degree gives many people the opportunity to gain skills in a particular field and develop a deeper understanding of the subject. 

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Knowledge and skills

Depending on your specific area of interest, a degree in Music, Theatre or Performance will help you to build the skills, knowledge and creativity to become a confident practitioner.  

Our Academy of Music & Theatre Arts (AMATA) is a purpose-built live venue and a vibrant hub that’s home to performers, technicians and managers in the making. Our students have access to 11 performance and rehearsal spaces, over 650m2 of sprung dance floors, state-of-the-art digital and analogue recording studios and a professionally- staffed live theatre venue. 

On our Performance-focused degrees, you’ll learn specialist skills such as vocal and accent training, microphone techniques, improvisation, character development and training in ballet, jazz and tap. You’ll also study a range of self-marketing tools for building a successful career as a performer, such as CV writing, creating an online artist profile and professional audition techniques. 

Guided by academics and technical course teams, you’ll learn practical and design skills such as scenography, stage rigging, sound and lighting production. You’ll explore emerging digital practices and work with computer-based technology such as projection mapping and motion capture, digital audio, video editing and post-production techniques. 

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AMATA students

Transferable skills

Students also develop a variety of transferable skills that are desirable to a range of employers. These include: 

  • Ability to articulate ideas and communicate information both visually and verbally 
  • Team working skills with the ability to work collaboratively to pursue shared goals 
  • Skills in time management and self-directed study 
  • A strong work ethic and tenacity to move projects forward 
  • Innovative solutions to problem solving and a willingness to take creative risks 
  • Entrepreneurial skills in marketing your work and building professional networks 

Career support

Our Music, Theatre and Performance degrees are underpinned by practical and collaborative work, so you’ll gain real-world experience while you study. You’ll be involved in organising live performances as well as working at our summer schools, events and artist residencies.  

You’ll build professional networks through guest lectures and visits led by industry VIPs; previous visits have included Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, Island Records President Darcus Beese, Gecko Theatre and The Young Vic. A range of expert masterclasses also take place at our annual Enhancement Week, where students can skill-up and learn directly from prominent professionals in a variety of genres. 

Our courses also help students to develop skills in self-promotion and marketing through assessed work on portfolios, social networking and CV writing. 

When you study at Falmouth, you have access to our dedicated employability service, RealWORKs. Students can sign up for weekly career workshops and events, take practice interviews and get support on finding work or going freelance. 

Our Music, Theatre and Performance courses

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Music BA(Hons)

Prepare for a career as a professional musician with this industry-focused music degree. Based withi...

Music BA(Hons)
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Popular Music BA(Hons)

Whether it’s underground or mainstream, DIY or commercial, acoustic or electric, this course is fo...

Popular Music BA(Hons)
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Acting BA(Hons)

Push boundaries to become a progressive actor in a highly creative and collaborative environment. Ba...

Acting BA(Hons)
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Theatre & Performance BA(Hons)

Embrace a world of opportunity to become an original and distinctive theatre maker and performer. As...

Theatre & Performance BA(Hons)
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Musical Theatre BA(Hons)

Combining training in acting, singing and dance, this practice-led degree will empower you for a car...

Musical Theatre BA(Hons)
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Dance & Choreography BA(Hons)

Launch your career as a dancer and celebrate your unique potential as an artist with this skills-foc...

Dance & Choreography BA(Hons)
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Technical Theatre Arts BA(Hons)

Begin your career in the technical theatre arts and get valuable, hands-on experience of the perform...

Technical Theatre Arts BA(Hons)
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Sound Design BA(Hons)

Explore the boundaries of sound and its potential to transport an audience in different contexts, fr...

Sound Design BA(Hons)
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Creative Music Technology BA(Hons)

Develop the creative and technical abilities needed to thrive in the music industry. Exploring compo...

Creative Music Technology BA(Hons)
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Music Business BA(Hons)

Music Business BA(Hons)

Get ready to shape the music business by mastering the skills needed to manage, create and innovate....

Music Business BA(Hons)
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CERT HE - AMATA 2023

CertHE Music Courses

Take your first steps towards becoming a skilled creative music artist with one of our three CertHE ...

CertHE Music Courses

Get in touch

Any questions? 

If you have any questions about undergraduate study at Falmouth, get in touch with our Future Studies team.  

T: +44(0) 1326 254350 
E: futurestudies@falmouth.ac.uk 
WhatsApp: +44 (0)1212 852937 
SMS: +44 (0)1277 420398 

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