BA (Hons) Top-Up Performance Arts

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: 8A2P

1 Year
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: Relevant Foundation Degree or HND

Course Info

The BA (Hons) Performance Arts (Top-Up) allows students to extend their skills and knowledge from a Foundation Degree or HND to honours level study. It provides an opportunity to engage in the process of creating, performing and realising performance products according to their specialist interest.

Two performance modules lie at the heart of the course which allow students 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 a lot of graduates who want to work as drama or dance teachers and some now have leadership posts.

To that end, we have introduced an alternative option to one of the performance modules which will allow aspiring teachers to gain experience of teaching in this specialist area.

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

Students are encouraged to make links and build relationships with relevant industry professionals as well as developing their own strategies for getting employment.

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

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

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Content will be delivered in a variety of formats including, but not limited to; lectures, seminars, group discussions, practical workshops, self-directed projects and independent study supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE).

Guest lecturers and external speakers from local artists, theatre practitioners, local theatre companies and equities representatives.

Modules are taught by current industry professionals.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

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

Calderdale College actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning.