Creative Arts with Acting Performance Foundation Degree

Foundation Degree
Study Area: Higher Education
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: 2 days per week

Course Overview

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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.

Important Links:

  • Click HERE for the programme specification
  • For a full list of the University Centre’s regulations and policies please click HERE
  • Click HERE for The Open University Regulations for Validated Awards

Start Date

September 2024

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.  


On successful completion of the Foundation Degree students will have the opportunity to progress to our BA Performance Arts top-up year, to gain a full honours degree.

Besides conventional live and recorded media work undertaken by performers there are a range of opportunities in various kinds of community theatre, theatre in education and corporate work.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed throughout the course by completing public performances, presentations, portfolio-based course work  and self evaluations.

Before you hand-in or present a final piece of work there is usually an opportunity for a discussion with your tutor in a one-to-one tutorial. You will be encouraged to submit or present your work-in-progress to your tutor – which will not be graded – to see whether you are on the right lines. There is usually a limit to the amount of feedback that your tutor can give you – please ask them about this.

Your assessed work will go through a process of internal moderation and then will be checked by an externally appointed person called an external examiner. At each stage this means that marking and grading is checked and may be adjusted.

Course Fees

£7950 per year.

Eligible to receive the £500 University Centre Bursary in Year 1.

All 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.

The University Centre has a HE Hardship Fund which students may access if they are facing financial difficulties.

Additional information on fees and funding

Awarding Body

This award is validated by The Open University.

Creative Arts with Acting Performance Foundation Degree

Study Area: Higher Education
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: 2 days per week
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