Performance Arts BA (Hons) top-up

Why not study performance in the town that’s produced TV hits such as Happy Valley, Gentleman Jack and Last Tango in Halifax? UCAS Code: 8A2P

1 Year
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: Foundation Degree in Acting Performance or an FD/HND in a relevant subject area

Course Info

The BA (Hons) Performance Arts will allow you to extend your skills and knowledge from a Foundation Degree or HND to honours level. It provides an opportunity to engage in the process of creating, performing and realising performance products according to your specialist interest.

Two performance modules lie at the heart of the course which will allow you 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 many graduates who want to work as drama or dance teachers. In the second semester, there is the option to elect either the second performance module, or Teaching Project, which allows aspiring teachers to gain experience of teaching in this specialist area. Many of our BA graduates who take this module, continue onto a PGCE in Lifelong Learning which you can also study at University Centre Calderdale College.

The course also focuses on employability in the industry and clear links are forged between the development of high level performance skills and the individual personal development in relation to career aspirations. This is taught through the Personal Development and Planning module.

You will be encouraged to make links and build relationships with relevant industry professionals as well as developing your own strategies for successfully gaining employment.

The Theoretical Study module allows you to select an area of performance of interest to you, carry out research, and produce an extended essay.

It is possible, for people who are currently working in some area of the industry to use professional work in the Performance modules.

The modules you will study at Level 6 are:

Performance Project 1
Professional Practice
Performance Skills
Personal Development Planning
Theoretical Study
Performance Project 2 OR Teaching Project

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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

This course is only available to applicants who have successfully completed a relevant Foundation Degree or HND.

In addition to the above qualifications, selection is based on an interview, 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.