Creative Arts with 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: 2B15

2 Years
2 days per week
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 Creative Arts with 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

  • Working in the Creative Industries 1 (taught collaboratively with students on the other Creative Arts pathways)
  • Introduction to Historical Perspectives on Acting
  • Acting for Recorded Media
  • Text Based Performance
  • Acting Skills
  • Collaborative Project (undertaken collaboratively with students on the other Creative Arts pathways)

Level 5

  • Working in the Creative Industries 2 (taught collaboratively with students on the other Creative Arts pathways)
  • Contemporary Performance Practice
  • Community Theatre Practices
  • Devising Skills
  • Theatre MakingDevised
  • Major Collaborative Project (undertaken collaboratively with students on the other Creative Arts pathways)

This course will support you to become capable of working in a team with other creative practitioners from other disciplines, and to work effectively with others from varied professional backgrounds. You will be supported in the development of a reflective, professional approach to lifelong learning and the creation and maintenance of a personal portfolio to enhance your employability. We offer you the support and a safe environment to develop your personal resilience, in order to prepare you for either work freelance within the Creative Arts or, indeed, to work in other sectors, but utilising the key transferable skills that you have gained. 

You will be encouraged to participate in 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 Creative Arts  with Performance Arts 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: Jessica Harris, BA (Hons), PGCE, MA is an actor, theatre director and actor trainer, passionate about human connections, and how artform and craft express the unseen collective consciousness. Previously teaching Acting at East 15 Acting School, she has also collaborated in community projects. She has over 20 years’ professional experience in film, theatre, tv and radio, including lead roles at the National Theatre and drama and comedy series including Being Human.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

Applications will be expected to have successfully completed an Extended Level 3 Diploma or Access Course at a Pass, or to have gained two A-levels at D or above (at least one to be in a relevant subject). Applicants should have a minimum of the equivalent of 48 UCAS Tariff points 

Qualification  Grade  UCAS Tariff points 
Extended Level 3 Diploma  PPP  48 
Access Course  45 credits at Pass  48 
2 A-Levels (at least one in a relevant subject)  D, D  48 

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. Please see the RPL Policy for more information.

All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview as part of the admissions process. A good level of English and Maths is expected, however passes in Level 2 or GCSE qualifications are not absolute requirements.  

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