Creative Arts with Performance Arts BA (Hons) top-up

BA (Hons)
Study Area: Higher Education
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full Time

Course Overview

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: 2B16

The BA (Hons) Creative Arts with 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. 

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 Production route or the Teaching route, 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 the University Centre. 

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. The course culminates in an end of year show in which you are invited to showcase your work as an emerging practitioner within the field of performance. 

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. 

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
  • Practitioner Skills
  • Performance Making: Scratch
  • Professional Practice: Production -OR- Professional Practice: Teaching (shared module)
  • Final Major Project: Production -OR- Final Major Project: Teaching (shared module)

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

Applicants are expected to have achieved a minimum of Pass in the Foundation Degree Creative Arts, or an equivalent level 5 award (comprising 240 credits of which 120 must be at level 5), such as a foundation degree or Higher National Diploma in a closely related subject area. 

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. Applicants may, at the discretion of the course team, be required to bring a portfolio of work to the selection interview. Applicants for the Performance Arts specialism will also be required to present a 3-minute monologue (contemporary or historical). 

Applications for RPL (RPEL or RPCL) will be considered where relevant experience or learning can be demonstrated, and the University Centre process has been satisfactorily completed. 


Progression from this course may be directly into employment, on to a Master’s programme or teaching qualification such as a PGCE or other areas of postgraduate study.

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

Course Fees: £7950

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 Performance Arts BA (Hons) top-up

Study Area: Higher Education
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full Time
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