BA (Hons) Performing Arts (top up)
Successful completion of:
- HND Performing Arts RQF in either Musical Theatre, Acting or Dancing pathways, or
- HND Performing Arts QCF in either Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) or Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Performing Arts
In addition you will also need:
- English - C/4 above or level 2 equivalent
- Maths - C/4 above or level 2 equivalent
If you do not have the above grades in maths and English we will expect you to enrol in adult classes at the college.
Entry to this programme will also be determined by a self-tape audition submitted via an online platform.
We also welcome applicants with industry experience and will require a self-tape audition and portfolio of work.
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Why choose this course?
- Top up your Foundation degree or HND to an Honours Degree within a year
- Get first-hand experience with industry standard facilities on campus
- Learn by doing, with numerous opportunities to perform embedded in the programme
You are passionate about the world of theatre and are keen to contribute to this vibrant sector. You are looking to advance your career to become an independent artist and theatre-maker. This Performing Arts top up course has been created to provide you with the tools to thrive in the performing arts industry.
Delivered by Hertford Regional College, this innovative programme allows you achieve a full BA (Hons) degree in less than a year. It is a perfect kick-starter for your career, providing you with a clear line of sight for employment.
On the course, you will benefit from a curriculum that encourages learning by doing. Throughout the programme, you will continuously sharpen your skills by creating and presenting performances. In addition, you will have access to co-curricular activities that will support you in gaining a more in-depth understanding of core concepts on the course.
The campus’ location in Hertfordshire will be beneficial to you, giving you easy access to opportunities in London's West End and the soon to be opened Sunset Film Studio in north London.
All learning facilities are of industry standards. You will have access to dance and drama studios fitted with equipment that will support in drawing out your creativity and refining your skill set.
What's the course about?
Our Performance Arts top up course focuses on developing your existing skills so that you are able to produce, manage and sustain original theatrical work at a professional standard. The course structure allows for a single development plan to create a new entertainment production that carries through all modules. You will have the opportunity to develop a full original production of entertainment work, enabling you to create original work and strengthen your understanding of the operational and creative process behind the work.
Across your year of study, you will get fully immersed in the art of performance through consistent practice. The course will challenge you to think critically to develop ideas and encourages you to be independent, proactive and professional – all of which are qualities that underpin the industry. You will develop these attributes as you cover a diverse range of areas that prepare you for different aspects of working in industry. Topics covered include business management and financing, creative producing, character development, theatrical constructs, and performance.
What will I study?
Your learning will be delivered through a mix of interactive lectures, seminars and practice as well as independent study. Assessments are coursework based and you will work independently and with your peers on presentations, written reports, observations and performances. Assignments will cover multiple areas of theatre production including performances, business plan creation, marketing pitches, critical analysis with research, and more.
During this one year programme, you will take three modules, each of which have been carefully designed to meet industry trends. Your course content considers traditional theatre practice combined with contemporary practice and ideas so that you have a deeper understanding of ideologies. This will feed into the quality of your practice and decision making.
In your first semester, you will work independently to create performance material as well as explore and implement the range of skills required to deliver your performance concept. You will have the opportunity to develop your craft through practice, while also considering the financial and marketing aspects of planning a performance. Acting as a capstone project, you will culminate all your learnings in these distinct areas with a creative project in your second semester. On this module, you will put together a full performance of your own and will be guided through all the creative processes to achieve this.
To take your learning a step further, you will also have access to co-curricular activities outside of the classroom. You will have the opportunity to take tap dance and singing group technique classes, as well as live theatre visits and guest lectures from industry experts.
Altogether, these different elements of the course will feed into the development of your personal production portfolio, which will serve as demonstrable proof of your expertise. You will graduate as more a forward-thinking doer, who has the the ability to operate effectively within the performance arts industry and continuously produce high level results.
Module Credits Compulsory/optional Advanced Character Performance 30 Credits Compulsory Planning New Theatrical Work 30 Credits Compulsory Final Major Project Performing Arts - HRC 60 Credits Compulsory
What's next for my career?
Whatever your future career plans, what is important to your potential employers is the range of intellectual, transferable, personal skills and experience you have gained and can demonstrate. Thiis Performing Arts top up course will ensure that you have all essential skills to thrive in the working world.
After completing this programme, you will have developed a bank of technical and transferrable skills that will help you progress in your chosen career path. There is an array of roles that recent graduates have gone on to occupy, including but not limited to roles as teachers, entertainers and agents. Other graduates have gone down the entrepreneurial route to become small business owners of theatre schools or freelance performers.
Francessca-Danyelle Rusling (Programme Manager and Module Lead)
With a BA in Performing Arts and over 10 years training in dance, voice and acting, Francessca has performed in theatres across England. She also has screen experience which extends from student films to working as a supporting actor on a feature film.
Kathryn Murphy (Lecturer)
With a BA Hons Dance Theatre, Laban Centre and a PGCE from the Institute of Education in Post 16 Sector performing arts, Katy also has over 20 years teaching experience. Katy has professional dance training and experience performing in the UK and abroad.
Further information - includes assessment method
Course fact sheets BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Top Up) HRC Download Programme specifications BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Top Up) HRC Download Additional information
Sandwich placement or study abroad year
Applications open to international and EU students
- Full Time, 3 Years
- Hertford Regional College
How to apply?
Start Date End Date Link 12/09/2023 31/05/2024 Apply online (Full Time)
Start Date End Date Link 12/09/2024 31/05/2025 Apply online (Full Time)
Fees and funding
- £8250 for the 2023/2024 academic year
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
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Living costs / accommodation
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