Performing Arts (Acting), Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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This Performing Arts (Acting) HNC is suited to potential students who are determined to work within the sphere of the dramatic arts, providing them with opportunities to explore a wide range of different areas where they would like to progress in Drama.

The modules of specialist study, each taught by an experienced industry practitioner, include:

• Development of Acting Skills

• The Performing Arts Industry

• Acting for Camera

• Movement

• Final Major Performance.

Extra-Curricular activities/opportunities:

There will be many opportunities to engage in practical and professional work through strong links with the local creative arts hub, which include links with local theatres, arts organisations, guest practitioners and working professionals.

Skills and Knowledge Developed:

The programme develops a deep understanding of the relationship between the actor, director, scriptwriter/deviser and the performance environment, by developing the student’s ability to respond creatively to the needs of theatrical performance. Students are equipped with the skills necessary to translate a director’s vision through the development, look and practical requirements of on-stage characters and performers, thereby providing back-story and insight into character.

The group will function and be treated as a professional ensemble theatre company and they will learn and develop skills in creative collaboration, leadership, research and the formation and implementation of creative concepts.

The modules also deliver a theoretical, historical and cultural basis for the concepts explored, arming graduates with a fundamental basis and background of a wide range of theatrical and artistic forms.

Students receive a broad spectrum of insights into the permutations of the modern arts industry and are able to adapt to current and shifting trends. Students are treated as professionals, by professionals, and regular exposure to the local theatre culture will assist in developing up-to-date, cutting edge recognition and understanding of the requirements of the arts industry. This will, in turn, help graduates demonstrate a high aesthetic, a strong skill set, a capacity to recognise occasions to exploit opportunities and a strong theoretical understanding of the principles of the arts industry.

Special Features:

Within the scheme, there is opportunity for learners to attain a level of professional practice. Strong links to the creative industries and the acting and degree programmes will facilitate industry-related briefs and real scenarios that provide an opportunity for students to acquire professional work ethics, time planning skills and working within a creative team.

Learning is supported through a series of contextual visits, including local theatres, a variety of performances and project-specific research trips, which have previously included locations ranging from Portmeirion to Poland. Guest speakers and workshops with professional practitioners/companies are also scheduled into the programme.

Performances may take place in a variety of spaces, including studios, a college theatre and HD multi-camera TV studio, fully equipped for professional performance, local theatres and arts facilities, and site-specific locations.

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.

All information about your course including the programme structure, entry requirements, fees and teaching & assessment methods is made available to you via the prospectus.

Please see our HE Prospectus available in full online.


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