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BA (Hons) Performance Arts (UCAS: 8A2P)

The BA (Hons) Performance Arts (Top-Up) allows students to extend their skills and knowledge from a Foundation Degree or HND to honours level study. It provides an opportunity to engage in the process of creating, performing and realising performance products according to their specialist interest.


Two performance modules lie at the heart of the course which allow students to choose from a range of specialist performance disciplines such as acting, directing, dance or choreography and community theatre.

Although the focus of the programme is aimed at those who aspire to work in the performing arts industry it has, over the years, produced a lot of graduates who want to work as drama or dance teachers and some now have leadership posts. To that end we have introduced an alternative option to one of the performance modules which will allow aspiring teachers to gain experience of teaching in this specialist area.

The course also focuses on employability in the industry and clear links are forged between development of high level performance skills and the personal development of the individual in terms of their career aspirations through the Personal Development and Planning module. Students are encouraged to make links and build relationships with relevant industry professionals as well as developing their own strategies for getting employment. Modules are taught by current industry professionals.

Luke Beevers, BA Performance Arts Top Up student said "I like that we get a lot of feedback and lots of contact with the tutors." Suzanne Jackson, a fellow BA Performance Arts Top Up, stated that she "enjoyed the freedom in choosing projects for your modules. Cheryl Callaghan, another of the BA Performance Arts Top Up students said "the tutors are friendly and you can go to them with any problems and speak to them."


Content will be delivered in a variety of formats including, but not limited to; lectures, seminars, group discussions, practical workshops, self-directed projects and independent study supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE). Guest lecturers and external speakers from local artists, theatre practitioners, local theatre companies and equities representatives.

Course Leader profile

Sophie Dixon

Sophie has a BA in Drama from Hull University and studied for a MsC in Festival Producing at Queen Margaret University College. She has been a lecturer on all Performing Arts courses at Calderdale College for 10 years. She performs regularly with both text based and devised contemporary performance works including Stitching by Anthony Neilson and an observational/invisible theatre event surrounding the student protests against education cuts. She has also worked as a performer, collaborator and researcher with multimedia performance company, The Chameleons Group. Recent projects include The Prawn Joke, a devised physical theatre performance at The Lowry Theatre in Manchester and she performed at the 2017 Sibiu international Theatre Festival in Romania. She is currently studying for an MA in Performance at Leeds Beckett University.

Entry Requirements

This course is only available to applicants who have successfully completed a relevant Foundation Degree or HND. Calderdale College actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Questions & Answers

What will be studied?

The two Performance modules, or one Performance module and the Teaching module are supported by modules in Performance Skills, Professional Practice and Personal Development and Planning. The Theoretical Study module allows students to select an area of performance of interest to them, carry out research, and produce an extended essay. It is possible, for people who are currently working in some area of the industry to utilise their professional work in the Performance modules.

Does the course lead to a qualification?

On successful completion of the course students will be awarded a BA (Hons) Acting Performance Degree.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Progression from this course is directly into employment, on to higher degrees such as PGCE's or other areas of post graduate study. There are a variety of career options open to students completing this course. Besides the conventional live and recorded media work undertaken by actors and dancers there are opportunities to make work by setting up your own performance company, or drama and dance school as well as utilising the skills acquired in areas such as youth work or similar specialised areas. It is anticipated that most students opting for the Teaching Module will progress on to PGCE's but the module will also provide a good grounding for people who wish to set up their own schools outside the formal education system.


Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team will provide help and advice for applicants, both before enrolment and during your study, including: financial advice, applications for grants and student loans, assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel.

During Your Study

You may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. Careers and student advisors are also available to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing into work or on to study at a higher level. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • UCAS Code: 8A2P
  • Institution Code: C01
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 12 hours per week
  • Days: To be confirmed
  • Start Time: tbc
  • End Time: tbc
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Fees: £8000. Please contact Student Services on 01422 399367 for further information. All full time higher education students must apply to Student Finance England for assistance towards fees. For help or advice with this please contact our Guidance Team on 01422-399367. All part time higher education students should contact our guidance team on 01422-399367 for advice and guidance on course fees.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professonal Studies
  • Department Manager: Katie Walker


  • Level: BA Hons
  • Qualification Name: BA (Hons) Acting Performance
  • Awarding Body: The Open University.

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