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Where to study

Study at a conservatoire – here the emphasis is on practical development with individual tuition and performance opportunities to help you towards a career in the creative arts.

Through UCAS Conservatoires, you can apply for courses at the following UK conservatoires:

Or you could study at a university – here the focus is more on academic study, and could be combined with other subjects to give a broad critical and theoretical education.

Undergraduate university courses

Postgraduate university courses


The alternatives to higher education

  • Work – apply for jobs now, or start a business, with the aim to work up to your future goals.
  • Training – prepare for the world of work, or learn on the job while you work.
  • Volunteering – gain experience to help you towards your work or study aspirations.
  • Travel – get cultural insights during working holidays, learning, conservation or teaching.

Preparing for the next step​

There are lots of extra-curricular activities that can help you decide your future, as well as looking great on your UCAS Conservatoires application or your CV.

Get a taste of higher education: come to our UCAS Create your future events in October and November – all about performing arts at conservatoires and universities – or go to conservatoire open days.

Gain experience and explore your interests

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