Acting Performance Foundation Degree

Why not study acting performance in the town that’s produced TV hits such as Happy Valley, Gentleman Jack and Last Tango in Halifax? UCAS CODE: 2B14

2 Years
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: Level 3 in related subject or 2 A Level subjects; UCAS Tariff: 64 points

Course Info

This is a performance-based course, which provides an opportunity for students to gain a  Foundation Degree in Acting Performance.

It is primarily designed for people who intend to work in the performing arts industry with clear links between the development of skills relating to performance arts, in-depth understanding of the industry and personal development of the individual, all of which are integrated into the course.

This is a highly practical course. Modules include:

Level 4
Employability 1
Text-based Performance
Community Theatre Performance
Introduction to Historical Perspectives on Theatre
Work in Context 1
Acting Skills

Level 5
Employability 2
Devised Performance
Acting for Recorded Media
Approaches to Contemporary Performance
Work in Context 2
Devising Skills

You will be encouraged to develop personal strategies to enhance your employability. This includes activities of particular relevance to aspiring actors such as making contacts with agents and casting directors, developing acting CVs and creating show portfolios.

Although the Foundation Degree is a stand-alone qualification, almost all students who successfully complete it progress to our one-year BA Performance Arts top-up which further broadens the range of eventual career opportunities.

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Teaching on the course is largely workshop based. Performance work forms a central part of the course and includes work performed in our own performance studios and at outside venues such as the Square Chapel Arts Centre.

You will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of visiting theatre companies and other professionals working in the industry, such as actors, casting agents, TV directors and writers. Throughout the course, trips are arranged to see large-scale touring productions, devised theatre works and backstage theatre tours.

Your teaching will include tutor- and student-led sessions, with discussions, activities, group-work, seminars, and one-to-one tutorial opportunities. You will be in an enriching and immersive learning environment, which will enhance your development as a critical thinker.

One of the key strengths of our teaching at the University Centre is the amount of time we dedicate to supporting you as an individual student to help you get the best out of your programme. One-to-one tutorials with your tutor are important as they allow you to raise any particular issues you may be facing. Your tutor will be as supportive as possible in helping you work through these issues.

Lecturer Profiles

Course Leader: Sophie Dixon, BA (Hons), PGCE, MScDip, MA, is a teacher, artist, performer, theatre-maker, wife and mother. Sophie’s practice-as-research is concerned with ‘taking up space’, and presenting the house and home as a site of creative expression and maternal frustration/joy. Sophie has most recently exhibited and performed at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, and collaborated with a collection of artists on a virtual reality theatre project in Singapore.

Lecturer: Matthew Harrison-Lord, BA (Hons), PGCE, MA, is a live artist, festival director and performer. Matthew’s practice-as-research currently surrounds the notion of misinformation, the power of the performer and of the institution. Matthew has toured Europe as a contemporary theatre maker, and is the Director of the Brighouse Arts Festival, an award-winning community arts festival in Calderdale.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

You will normally require one of the following: A BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts or two A Levels with a minimum of 64 UCAS points. Applicants need to have Level 2 English and Maths or be willing to undertake these at GCSE.

This course positively encourages application from mature students without formal academic qualifications with a background in theatre or those who may be working in the industry or related areas.

In addition to the above qualifications, selection is based on an interview and audition, details of which will be sent on application.

The University Centre actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning. You must show how the learning you have already completed matches the learning that is required on the programme you are applying for.