Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts
Who we are
Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts is a specialist creative arts institution offering high quality learning and teaching in the heart of Cambridge, one of the most historic cities in the world. We offer pathways in Art & Design, Drama and Music aiming to develop the skills and confidence of many inspiring artists and performers. Over 30 years, we have provided a unique and highly personalised method of learning, creating an environment in which to nurture, educate and encourage creative individuals.
We actively support students through a hands-on-approach, extensive contact time with lecturers and all the equipment, materials, space and time needed to discover and develop their own individual voice and style as a creative artist. Our goal is to provide students with the best possible environment in which to meet their full potential.
We guarantee our final year students participation in an end-of-year show. Our 3rd year BA students will take part in our Graduate Show in London, giving them the opportunity to celebrate and display their work.
Our Art Foundation students, as well as those in year 1 & 2 of the Degree programme, have a chance to showcase their work in our Cambridge Fashion Show. This is a unique opportunity, at such an early stage of training, but we believe it is vital for the students’ development. It gives them the experience to learn how to put together a show and how to make creations that look good on a mannequin and on the catwalk.
Every year we give our Art Foundation students, as well as those in year 1 & 2 of BA Graphics & Illustration a chance to exhibit their work in our Cambridge Fashion Show.
Our courses offer many and various opportunities to perform to both in-house and public audiences, to create and develop students’ work, and to experience live professional theatre across a broad spectrum of genres and styles in a variety of theatrical spaces. These opportunities ensure the solid grounding in both skill and learning that students need to move successfully into the next level of their training.
- 5 days a week teaching
- small class sizes, no more than 15 students to 1 teacher
- one-on-one support in class
- personalised portfolio assistance and advice
- weekly one-to-one music and drama lessons
- highly personalised audition preparation
- your own dedicated workspace
- your own iMac
- your own mannequin
- lecturers based in your studio all day every day
- studio access 7 days a week
- guaranteed participation in an end-of-year show
- dedicated university officer, to help with your university applications and careers advice
- opportunities to broaden your experiences by visiting exhibitions and shows over the world
- outstanding teachers who are working artists and performers, bringing industry links and real insight to the world of work
- a dynamic and global community bringing opportunities, international contacts and friendships
Our portfolio includes Degrees and a Master's preparation programme and established links with leading institutions, including University of the Arts London Awarding Body, Kingston University and Britain's most famous theatre school The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. We have given students the skills and confidence necessary to progress into some of the most prestigious and competitive drama schools, music conservatoires and art and design schools in the world.
Art & Design
BA (Hons) Fashion Design (Designed in collaboration with and approved by Kingston University London. We are the only independent art college in the world to be awarded the right to offer these programmes).
BA (Hons) Graphics & Illustration (Designed in collaboration with and approved by Kingston University London. We are the only independent art college in the world to be awarded the right to offer these programmes).
Pre-Masters’ in Art & Design (Awarded by Kingston University. On completion students are awarded a Graduate Diploma in Art & Design).
Extended Diploma in Art & Design (University of the Arts London Awarding Body)
Foundation Diploma (Accredited by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body. CSVPA is one of only a few independent creative arts school to have been approved by this prestigious body, which recognises best practice in the teaching and assessment of art and design and performing arts programmes).
Access to Fashion Design
Access to Graphic Design
Access to Product Design
Access to Spatial Design
Drama Foundation (The only Drama Foundation in the world delivered in association with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Britain's best-known theatre school).
Extended Diploma in Performing Arts
Art & Design Summer Course
Drama School Summer Course
Portfolio Preparation Summer Course
Fashion Summer School
Film Making Summer School
Accommodation is provided for all years of study. Our accommodation is located in safe, beautiful surroundings and provides a comfortable, well equipped living space. With the different options available we offer a balance between supervision and independence.
- Drama Foundation
- Music Foundation
Arts & Design
- Access Programs
- BA (HONS) Graphic and Illustration
- Extended Foundation
- Pre Foundation
- Pre Masters
UK Education offers independent thinking, give you the freedom to develop your ideas, make discoveries and develop real skills that employers are looking for. UK has produced more than 100 Nobel Prize winners, a testimonial that UK graduates are at the forefront of the creative and research industries With many renowned ancient Universities such Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, UK is one of the most popular destination for further education for students all over the world.