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Performing arts at Solent

Have you always wanted to take centre stage? In a creative field of music and dramatic performance, the craft of performance as an actor or musician is honed through experience and guidance in traditional and new techniques.

At university, you can build your practical performance skills in playing an instrument, singing, dancing or acting, in a creative community where you can build your on-stage performance network.

You can focus on either musical theatre, acting and performance, or popular music performance.

At Solent you’ll study vocational learning in up-to-date acting techniques, receive vocal coaching based on the highly regarded Estill Voicecraft model, and develop composition and stagecraft.

Southampton has a great tradition for live music, with venues hosting acts across city locations including The Guildhall, the Orange Rooms and NME favourite, The Joiners.

The arts are an integral part of Southampton, with The Mayflower Theatre – the third largest theatre outside of London, and centrally located in the city – offering West End productions, opera and ballet. Southampton’s Cultural Quarter also offers a vibrant art hub of live music venues, galleries and theatre space.

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BA (Hons) Acting and Performance

Whether it’s treading the boards, or taking your mark in front of a camera, our acting and performance degree gives you the freedom to follow your dream, with real-world experience in the industry.

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Take centre stage at university by perfecting your stage technique with internationally experienced academics and build your professional networks with established theatre companies.


Students have full access to a variety of rehearsal spaces including rehearsal rooms and a dance studio with a sprung floor, as well as an additional 200-seat flexi-form space on campus which can be used for live performances.

Final productions take place in a professional theatre venue. Performance students can also use the University’s three multi-camera television studios with green-screen technology, additional television studio space and radio recording studios. Solent’s recording studios and rehearsal spaces are state-of-the-art, with Pro Tools Ultimate and Logic digital audio workstations. Instruments and facilities provided include: drums by DW and Mapex; a Moog synthesiser; Korg Kronos; Marshall, Orange, Friedman, Fender and Vox valve guitar amplifiers; Ampeg and Eden bass amps; and Mackie PA rigs.

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