Acting Performance Foundation Degree

The Performing Arts Industry is the second largest industry in the UK providing £8 million per hour for the UK economy. Employment has risen by 6% in the last year. UCAS CODE: 2B14.

2 Years
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: Level 3 in related subject or 2 A Level subjects

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 those people who intend to work in the industry and there are clear links between the development of high level skills relating to performance arts, in-depth understanding of the performing arts industry and personal development of the individual, all of which are integrated into our course.

This is a highly practical course. Performance projects include devised work, theatre in the community and text based performances.

Students are encouraged to develop personal strategies to enhance their employability. As well as generic transferable skills, they also include activities of particular relevance to aspiring actors such as making contacts with agents and casting directors, developing acting CV’s and creating show and voice reels.

Although the Foundation Degree is a stand-alone qualification, most students who successfully complete it progress to our one-year BA (Hons) Acting Performance (Top-Up) which further broadens the range of eventual career opportunities.

You will study a range of performance areas including:

  • Text based Performance
  • Devised Performance
  • Theatre in the Community
  • Acting for Digital Recorded Media

These are linked to skills classes in Acting and Devising.

Employability and Work in Context modules will allow you to develop an understanding of the performing arts industry and develop your own strategy for getting work in the profession.

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Teaching on the practical elements of the course is largely workshop based.

Performance work forms a central part of the course and includes work performed in our own theatre and at outside venues.

Other teaching includes lectures and seminars, as well as independent study and distance learning using a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Students have the opportunity to work with a wide range of visiting theatre companies and other professionals working in the industry and students take part in showcase productions for agents in their final year.

The College has strong links with local theatre companies, agents and casting directors who provide regular talks and workshops throughout the year.

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.

As will those wishing to formalise their experience, or to update skills, knowledge and understanding. 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 who have some sort of 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.

Calderdale College actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning.