New course for 2019 (subject to validation by the Open University)
This top-up Honours degree offers students a unique opportunity to study in a small group and explores the core elements of theatre practice in the performing arts. The course allows students to immerse themselves in all aspects of training, exploring cutting edge performances and practitioners and enabling them to find their niche in the creative arts. Building upon their skills and knowledge, they will be challenged to create something radically different using their own artistic vision, to become a bold and autonomous practitioner.
- The Versatile Performer - Techniques and Practice
- The Mirror Up To Nature - Reflecting Radical Artists
- The Art of Self Expression through Performance (Drama Pathway only)
- Dance in the Digital Age (Dance Pathway Only)
- The Triple Threat - Contemporary Musical Theatre (Musical Theatre Pathway only)
- Pop Up Festival Project
- Final Major Performance/Dissertation
Skills and Knowledge Developed: This programme develops the level and application of specialist skills and knowledge required in the Performing Arts profession, along with a critical understanding of issues relating to the study of Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre. Students build on their own particular area(s) of expertise in assignment-based and project-based work. Students also develop their intellectual, critical writing and research skills appropriate to an Honours level programme, through assignment work and the option of creating a Final Major Performance for a public audience or writing a dissertation.
The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:
BA Performing Arts (Acting/Dance/Musical Theatre) Top Up Programme Handbook (19-20)
Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.
BA Honours Degree in Performing Arts
This course leads to...
This programme will produce graduates skilled in a range of specialist areas. Progression will be direct entry into the Performing Arts profession (Actor, Dancer or MT performer), working as a freelance artist in a variety of settings (Director, Choreographer, Workshop Facilitator etc.) or through further study at postgraduate level, including teacher training.
Four GCSEs at 'C'/4 or equivalent plus two A2 or three AS levels (related subjects) or equivalent, e.g. BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance.
Direct Applications to Year 2 - Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts or equivalent level 5 qualification with relevant experience.
Applications from mature students will be considered on the basis of experience.
Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.
Why study with us?
A key feature of the programme is work-related learning, not only in the area of employability but also self-employment, enterprise and entrepreneurship. The current Performing Arts profession is diverse and somewhat fragmented and is increasingly dependent upon self-employed practitioners providing specialist services and products. This programme encourages and supports students in the development and application of their marketing, management and creative production skills (in the Pop up Festival and Independent Performance modules) and the application of their Musical, Dance or Acting skills and knowledge of the profession in specialist project modules.
It encourages a holistic approach to the training of performing arts professionals by encouraging transferable learning across a wide range of work related contexts to enable them to pursue sustainable careers.Apply Now »
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