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Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts

14 Round Church Street, Cambridge, CB5 8AD (View on Map)
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Providing pathways in Art & Design, Drama and Music, Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts continues to develop the skills and confidence of many inspiring artists and performers. See all our courses >

As a student you will be actively supported through a hands-on-approach, extensive contact time with your lecturers and all the equipment, materials, space and time you need to discover and develop your own individual voice and style as a creative artist. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible environment in which to meet your full potential. See our school facilities >

Over the last 30 years we have increased our portfolio to include Degrees and a Master's 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.

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Student Reviews of Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts

  • Scott Walker, BA (Hons) Graphics & Illustration

    "I definitely learnt a huge amount at CSVPA and I'm eternally grateful to the staff there for everything they did for me. They introduced me to so much of the world I work in professionally today - not just in the technical sense through learning software and skills, but philosophically too. John Blackman, Mandy Doyle, Kevin Hart and even Jane Herzog from the Fashion department, all taught me to approach design with a freedom I hadn't had before.

    I think they recognised I had a strong work ethic but they also knew I needed that energy pointed in the right direction and without that focus, I wou'dn't have applied to Parson New York to study, let alone dream of working and living in New York.

    My time at CSVPA was priceless. John and Mandy introduced me to a whole world of possibilities. They showed the faith in me that I felt my art teaching at my high school hadn't. The best compliment I can pay to the school and staff there is that they had the kind of impression on me as a student that I can only hope I one day leave on a young artist or designer.

    The intimacy of the environment is what I benefited from the most. There was nothing superfluous about the experience there - you turned up and got on with it. there were plenty of extra-curricular programmes available if you wanted them, and I think a lot of the international students enjoyed that a lot. For me, it was just about being able to focus. Every day I knew I could walk through the doors and learn a ton of stuff in what felt like my own personal college. Not many places resonate like that.

    If you are thinking about coming to CSVPA then my advice to you is to work hard and you'll be rewarded. It may not seem like it at times but the skills you're learning are invaluable. If you want to get paid for drawing cartoons and doodling on computers, its places like CSVPA that equip you for that environment." Find out more

  • Jessica Prytherch, Art & Design Foundation Diploma

    "Looking back did you value the time you spent at CSVPA?

    Yes, it was an amazing year! The foundation course gives you a chance to try all the creative routes and was a wonderful year to really push your creative boundaries and have the freedom to try and experiment before focusing yourself on your degree course. The teachers at CSVPA are all so inspiring and really challenge your creativity with new ideas. The teachers are all working artists, which means they are always in the loop with what's happening now in the creative world. Being a part of the End of Year CSVPA Fashion Show was an amazing experience and gives you a chance to showcase your final collection on a real catwalk which most foundation courses don't have. It was an incredible night that I will never forget." Find out more

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