Performing Arts (Acting) — Higher National Diploma (HND) Top Up

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Course information

This HND in Performing Arts (Acting) will build on your previous experience
and 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 are chosen to help prepare graduating students for the most
likely destinations they choose to pursue, be that continuing their education,
or finding work as a self-employed practitioner of performing arts. The
programme features specialist modules, delivered by staff with a wealth of
professional experience in each subject area. These include:

  • Working in the Performing Arts

  • Classical Acting

  • Voice and Speech for the Actor

  • Vocal and speech for Actors

  • Production Skills for Performance

  • Theatre Directing

  • Devising

  • Research

Skills and Knowledge Developed: The Ethos of the HND Acting course is one of
company. Students will function as a member of a small theatre company. In this
company you will develop the skills required by any successful modern theatre
company. This will include learning the methodology of ‘the company as
director’, where you will be expected to self-direct a piece of theatre, with
tutor support.

On successful completion the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate self-management, self-promotion and interpersonal skills
    necessary for successful employment and self-employment in the acting

  • reflect on their own performance and identify further development needs or

  • pursue further higher education or professional studies in relevant
    subject areas

  • undertake professional performance commitments

Special Features: The programme is taught by contemporaneous industry members
and a succession of guest lecturers.

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

HND Performing Arts (Acting) Top Up Programme Handbook (19-20)

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


Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting)

This course leads to...

This programme produces graduates skilled in a broad range of specialist areas, and progression will be through further study at degree level or through direct entry into the industry. This course enables you to take on employment opportunities, not only as an actor but also in a variety of professional roles.

Entry Requirements

A completed HNC or equivalent level 4 certificate of higher education or suitable experience in a relevant subject.

Audition requirements for applicants include:

• A prepared classical monologue (1590-1660) of no more than three minutes in length
• A five minute prepared presentation, demonstrating evidence of research, organisation and practiced delivery
• A formal Interview
• Participation in an improvised dramatic exercise.

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Course ID: 158198

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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