Open Day and Tour: 19th August 2017

We are excited to welcome all potential new students to the School of Music and Performing Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University campus on the 19th of the month via our Clearing initiative. Whether you’ve changed your mind about higher education, didn’t get the results you expected, or have been away from education for some time – Clearing gives you the chance to get a place at university, applying for a course starting this September!

If you’re interested in studying Music, Dance, Drama or Performing Arts, we’re looking forward to meeting you. Here’s a our TOP 5 places potential MPA students shouldn’t miss checking out when they pay us a visit, in no particular order…

1) Anselm Studios

Anselm Studios boasts two spaces in one convenient building, perfect for theatre, drama, dance and music. A contemporary black-box theatre for teaching and studio theatre performances, such as our Annual Musical, complete with state-of-the-art equipment, including a technical booth controlling our lighting rig and a sound system. Next door, find an expansive dance studio with sprung floor, mirrors, sound system and full soundproofing.

2) St Gregory’s Centre for Music

A beautiful church, with stunning architecture and acoustics, converted into a specialist venue where we host a series of concerts and masterclasses each academic year. Primarily used for chamber music, but perfect for concerts of all types as well as period dance, the venue boasts superb audio visual, lighting and sound systems and bespoke raked seating for up to 150 people.

3) Maxwell Davis

Our dedicated building for music and performance, housing sixteen versatile and bookable practice and rehearsal spaces, available to our students seven days a week, which include specialist equipment such as our collection of Steinway pianos. In addition, the venue contains a wealth of seminar rooms and Mac Suites for audio editing and digital performance software tuition. Named in honour of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, an internationally recognised composer, who had a long association with our School.

4) Augustine House and Hall

Augustine House is the centre for the University’s impressive Library and Student Support Services, which has won several architectural awards for its contemporary design and its commitment to sustainability. The building also contains outdoor terraces with views across to the Cathedral, the Atrium cafe serving hot and cold food daily and a 450-seater auditorium (Augustine Hall) that hosts large concerts, performances and events

5) St George’s Centre

Home of the Student Union, the building is situated right in the city centre and is home to some 200+ students, the Barista and Baker coffee shop and The Lounge SU Bar – the place for great food and the lowest bar prices in Canterbury. With its premier location, St George’s Centre is the leading building for student welfare, support and high profile student events, such as the annual Summer Ball and Freshers’ Week. The site is security controlled 24 hours a day, to make sure our students feel safe and secure.

And if you’re venturing out into the city…

  • Pay a visit to the historic Canterbury Cathedral, where you would be graduating on the conclusion of your third year with us.
  • Experience Canterbury’s cafe culture, with a range of vibrant bars and restaurants lining the cobbled streets inside the city walls.
  • Relax in the two beautiful green areas of the city, the Dane John and West Gate gardens at either end of the high street, by the riverside among beds of carefully planted flowers.

Check out our locations map for help navigating our campus and city!