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Course overview

Versatility is an essential characteristic for musicians in the 21st century. On this course, you will learn how to stand out as a performer, playing popular music from the 1950s right up to the current charts. You will develop your musicianship skills and learn about working in the music industry.


If you have any enquiries about the course content, please use these contact details for Performing Arts.

September 2019
Full-time - BA (Hons)
  • Kingsway Campus, Chester

Why Study Popular Music Performance with us?

Our course provides a unique opportunity for you to excel in performance while developing a critical mind and becoming an intelligent, multiskilled musician.

Popular musicians learn in different ways so the course uses accelerated learning techniques to ensure that all students progress in areas of musicianship, making clear links between; performance, context, theory and professional practice. The Department is committed to this holistic method of study, helping you to understand the value in what you are learning as you become confident, creative musicians. As a Department, we also have excellent links with industry professionals and visiting professors.

Kingsway Campus, Chester

The Kingsway campus is located on the outskirts of the city centre, a 20-minute walk from Parkgate Road Campus. Across 6,920 square metres this specially developed creative arts campus offers a range of modern facilities and equipment to bring learning to life.

In addition to its courtyard performance space, popular social hub and catering outlet, Kingsway provides IT labs, a well-stocked reference library, a 200-seat lecture theatre, and designated seminar spaces featuring iMacs and projection facilities.

The Performing Arts Department has impressive facilities, including four large fully equipped rehearsal and performance studios. With professional-standard music rehearsal and recording facilities and an extensive range of high quality open access sound and lighting equipment you have everything you need to flourish as a performer.

As a student in the Department of Art and Design you will work in specialist studio space that reflects professional expectations. Highly skilled technical staff are on hand to support the use of traditional and contemporary facilities including art and photography studios, a metal casting foundry, sound and video editing suites, dark rooms, a reprographics room, lighting studio, and specially designed workshops for printmaking, textiles, digital art and sculpture.

Within the departments, skilled technical staff manage an extensive equipment loan provision where you can borrow a large range of cameras, lighting, audio recording kits and more.

The close-knit Kingsway campus provides a truly immersive learning experience where you are encouraged to openly showcase your creativity both inside and outside lectures.

Book Your Open Day

Events in October and November for Undergraduate study.


Open Days 2018

Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it's really like to study at the University of Chester.

Chester Dates

  • Saturday 27th October
  • Wednesday 14th November

Warrington Dates

  • Saturday 20th October

Shrewsbury Dates

  • Saturday 20th October
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