Performing Arts (Acting/Dance/Musical Theatre) — BA (Hons) Top-Up

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Course information

New course for 2019 (subject to validation by 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 challenge to create something radically different using
their own artistic vision, to become a bold and autonomous practitioner.

Modules include:

  • 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 (MT only)

  • Pop Up Festival Project

  • Final Major Performance/Dissertation

Skills and Knowledge Developed:

  • Technical skills in dance performance (contemporary techniques/classical
    ballet/theatre/jazz/commercial/physical theatre, Afro Fusion)

  • Improvisation and choreography

  • Touring as a small scale dance company

  • Dance history

  • Research skills for undergraduate and post graduate study

  • Workshop and leadership skills, working in dance education

  • Working as a freelancer in the dance industry/professional

Special Features:

  • Opportunity to work as small scale touring dance company under the
    mentorship of local dance companies and artists

  • Individual planning and adjustment of needs to support all learners’

  • Experience of touring work in a wide variety of settings

  • Development of individual career portfolio

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 (Hons) Performing Arts (Acting/Dance/Musical Theatre)

This course leads to...

• Level 6 undergraduate degree programme/vocational training at level 6
• Performer/dance artist
• Choreographer
• Freelance practitioner
• Dance therapy degree at Level 6
• Adult teaching certificate (level 6/7)
• Youth/community work
• Arts administrator.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at 'C' 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 - BTEC Pearson Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts or equivalent level 4 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 point.

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Course ID: 159317

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

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