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In schools and colleges all over the country, students interested in the Performing Arts are thinking about what their next step should be.
There have been lots of exciting developments in the performance subject area  at University Of The West Of Scotland in the past year.
We have formed a teaching partnership with the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr.
We have brought BA (Hons)Musical Theatre in-house to our £81 million campus in Ayr.
We have a brand new Technical Theatre Degree delivered through our partnership with the Gaiety .
Most importantly, all our Performance-based degrees are now 3 year Honours with entry levels at second year (Level 8) as well as third year (level 9).
All degrees require an audition, but students can apply to the courses in second year with :

3 Advanced Highers BCC or plus English at Higher level and Maths at Standard Grade 3 or above, National 4 or Intermediate 2.
3 A levels BBC or
An HNC (120 points) or
A B Tec 4 or
Intermediate 2 or
An International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points.

All our degrees also have a level 9 entry with an HND or equivalent to our DRAMA UK recognised degrees.

With all this expansion, we want the best students to come to UWS Ayr. Every year , more and more students apply through UCAS, and the standard of work and quality of candidates is increasing.

Two of our students from Edinburgh College, Emily Barr and Jennie Walker have made a short video about life at UWS.
If you have any contacts at your old college or know of any British or Overseas students who might be interested in a 3 year honours degree, please share this post with them so that they can get an idea of what it’s like being a student at UWS Ayr.

Also, here are the links for anyone of your friends or relatives who may be specifically interested in our 3 years honours degrees.

BA(Hons) Musical Theatre

BA(Hons) Performance

BA(Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting

BA(Hons) Technical Theatre (subject to validation)…/technical_theatre_(3rd_year_entry)/

Please feel free to share this and spread the word to your old colleges , colleagues or friends. If you think that your old college would like a visit from UWS staff to talk to students, then please let us know too.
Any questions, email [email protected]

Last week I enjoyed a wonderful UWS/Kelvin College production of Cats at the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow.

I am delighted to pass on  this message  from my Musical Theatre Colleagues, Stephen Langston & Jane Robertson.

“You were probably aware of the sell out performances of Cats the musical by our 3rd and 4th year degree students in collaboration with Glasgow Kelvin College last week at the Scottish Youth Theatre. Such a shame if you missed it as it really was one of the most professional pieces of musical theatre we have ever produced. You can see a few photographs here

However, you’re in luck, because the same classes have also been preparing and rehearsing the Broadway and West End smash hit Avenue Q at the same time, and now we have triple the amount of seats in the theatre so you can all come and see it.

AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There’s Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fiancee Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod—a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building’s superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Avenue Q’s cast is a bit unusual. If you have not seen or heard of it before then you are in for a real treat. It is made up of Sesame Street style puppets (ours being the original West End and Broadway puppets). However, do not be fooled, these are not the safe, child like puppets we all know and love, they come with an age warning. A lot of their discussion, songs, monologues and action is based on adult themes. This show is not suitable for children as it contains adult material, however, it is one of the funniest shows I have seen on and off of the West End. If you want a really good night out then come along and see this. Its something you will never forget, and remember to leave the kids at home, no matter how tempted you are by the beautiful puppets.

All UWS, relatives and friends can buy tickets at the box office for the Gaiety Theatre, Ayr, for the concession price. Simply phone the box office, say you are UWS staff and pay for the tickets over the phone. You will be expected to produce your UWS badge when picking up the tickets on the night.

This show really is worth coming along to see, with a full size avenue Q set, the West End Puppets, a live band and the most wonderful cast of professional musical theatre students we have had. Hope to see you there. Ticket details enclosed, and now go visit this link which explains a wee bit about the show – Don’t be offended, it’s just theatre.

More info on Avenue Q at

Best wishes

Stephen Langston   and Jane Robertson. ”

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