The Department of Performing Arts was created in summer 2022, following City’s acquisition of the prestigious performing arts college, Urdang Academy, to join our renowned Department of Music.
This acquisition is part of an ambitious new strategy to enhance and innovate our existing Music offer, to develop a new portfolio in performing arts, creative practice and production, sound and design.
Recognised as one of the UK’s finest performing arts colleges, Urdang specialises in musical theatre, and has a strong international reputation. Its students and graduates are highly sought after within the industry and many alumni land roles in leading West End shows.
Music, as both a taught subject and academic research area, has been a part of City’s fabric for more than 45 years, with the first degree course launched in 1975.
Today, our courses are taught by internationally-renowned experts and leading practitioners in their fields, and our students are among the most satisfied in London. Our Music students experience conservatoire-level tuition, with all the benefits of a university setting. They study in facilities that include advanced recording and production studios, and performance and practice spaces. We offer a wide range of ensembles – including classical, contemporary, jazz and world music – providing students with regular opportunities to perform.
City’s Music, Sound and Technology course is creating the music and audio professionals of the future, ready to pursue careers in disciplines including music production, audio engineering, sound design, and composition for film and TV.
Following its integration as part of City, Urdang will retain its identity and will continue to operate from its current base, Old Finsbury Town Hall, just a five minute walk from City’s Northampton Square campus. London’s Theatre district is less than two miles away, giving students access to a wealth of cultural experiences and work-placement prospects.
With outstanding facilities and performance opportunities, we offer an inspiring environment for music and the performing arts. We help our students indulge their passions, whilst developing valuable technical and creative skills, which ready them for a range of performing arts-related careers.