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

Music and Performing Arts

Course ID: 163131

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • Higher National Certificate.
  • Take part in demonstrations, workshops and performances to boost your practical skills.
  • Recieve outstanding support in your academic writing skills.
  • Gain guidance from our highly qualified and experienced teaching team.
  • Develop a great level of versatility, relevant to today's Performing Arts industry.
  • Upgrade to a Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts, employment, drama school, or vocational college.
  • Study in our inclusive and respectful learning environment.

What to expect from the course

Our Acting course explores contemporary and current practice whilst still acknowledging the established Acting practitioners of the past. You'll investigate a variety of Acting techniques from Stanislavski, Uta Hagen and Meisner, as well as movement and devising practitioners such as Jacque LeCoq, Etienne Decroux, Anne Bogart and companies such as Frantic Assembly, Gecko Theatre, DV8 and Kneehigh.

We support your research and academic writing sessions with vocational training – so not only will you learn about the context and history of your craft, but you will also engage with rehearsals, workshops, demonstrations and performances to implement your knowledge into practical work.

Training with us allows you to explore a range of different modules, from Industry and Professional Development sessions to Acting, Acting for Camera, Movement and Devising workshops. You will have the opportunity to perform some research into a specific area of your interest as well as develop some film/camera experience from our HD television studio. The HNC in Performing Arts will teach you transferable skills which can cross over into a variety of skillsets and disciplines; Education, Production Management, Producing, Directing, as well as other creative industries such as PR, Journalism and Hospitality.

Our staff members are experienced and qualified teachers, with specialised knowledge to ensure you are prepared for the industry and present yourself as an employable, ready-to-work-hard, resilient and engaged creative. With a focus on collaboration across disciplines, tutors and styles, you will gain a great level of versatility, relevant to today’s Performing Arts industry.

In a normal, non-COVID19 world, we would require all students across Performing Arts to engage with responsibilities such as Front of House, Ushering, Box Office and Backstage Assistance. In a COVID19 world, we have pressed the pause button on our theatre for now, whilst everyone gets used to the new requirements and measures being taken. This means we can really hone and refine your technique, knowledge and skills and build up to a fantastic Summer season!

Modules studied:

  • The Performing Arts Industry
  • Professional Development
  • Investigation of Specialism
  • Acting 1
  • Acting for Camera
  • Voice and Speech for Actors
  • Movement for Actors
  • Devising Theatre and Performance

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Acting Programme Handbook (21-22)


Qualifications

Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts (Acting)

Why study with us?

Why study with us?

We have an experienced faculty - all holding their own weight as educators, researchers and creative practitioners. We are proud of our high success rates, interesting methods of delivery and assessment and engaging workshop-style sessions. Our faculty have strong links to the creative industry and connect our students and courses with those links, providing opportunities for performance, development and learning as much as we can.

The delivery and assessment methods are contemporary, industry related and provide work-based scenarios close to that which you may experience in the industry. These fundamentals of industry knowledge and level of preparation provide an excellent foundation to your future as a creative practitioner.

Our engaging and facilitative sessions create autonomous, thinking performers and creatives; we encourage you to think about how you can enjoy the learning experience. What sparks your interest? What aspect of performing makes you most passionate? What aspect of the industry makes you intrigued? By asking you these questions, we can help you answer and present them in the research, work and academic writing that you are assessed on. This approach also allows you to build on your potential to succeed both in the industry and in education.

We have a variety of spaces in The Arts Centre; a theatre, rehearsal studios, music studios, HD television studio and new this year, a Video Motion Capture suite, all of which you have the opportunity to utilise. Regarding COVID19, we will be providing some engaging sessions online as well as face-to-face, ensuring that you can also build digital, online and camera skills on top of the training we provide.



Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.


Career pathways

Upgrade to Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts
Employment
Place at drama school or vocational college

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000
 : enquiry@liv-coll.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

College generic entry requirements apply to all HE programmes. For this particular programme, the following will apply:

• Relevant level 3 qualification, A-level, BTEC or equivalent in an appropriate discipline
• GCSE English Language at grade C or above or equivalent
• National certificate or diploma at Merit standard, or a minimum of two A-levels at grade C or above

We also welcome applications from those with relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements. Non-standard entry to courses will be at the discretion of the programme leader.

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email careersadvice@liv-coll.ac.uk or call 0151 252 3607.

Fees

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 https://www.gov.uk/student-finance, or contact our HE team at HEoffice@liv-coll.ac.uk.

Fee for21/22 is 6568.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).


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