The course made me a lot more disciplined and self-reliant. The lecturers had confidence in me which in turn made me feel confident.
The course made me a lot more disciplined and self-reliant. The lecturers had confidence in me which in turn made me feel confident.Amelia
A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.
This course covers a broad range of performance areas like dance, drama, vocal studies and creative theatre production. You can choose to pursue several disciplines or specialise in one. This gives you the flexibility to develop your art as you get to grips with the realities and practicalities of performing arts production.
You’ll get to participate in shows every year where every aspect of the production, front and back of house, is managed by students.
On this course you'll gain a broad and deep understanding of what it is like working in creative and performing arts industries.
There's a strong practical element to the course and you'll be able to refine your artistic talents in dedicated performance spaces that are designed to inspire you.
During the foundation year, you'll learn about core aspects of performing arts and you'll gain skills to prepare you to study at degree level.
You'll be learning from specialist tutors who have been professional practitioners in music, dance, drama and theatre production. They have excellent working relationships with the creative industries in and around our lively arts community and they'll share their experiences with you and give you opportunities to connect with other professionals.
Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.
You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of Arts and Humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.
During the foundation year you'll gain an introduction to performing arts and you'll gain skills to prepare you to study at degree level.
As you progress through the degree, you'll study core modules and you'll also have the flexibility to focus on particular areas of interest by selecting optional modules.
You'll be able to choose to study modules in dance, drama, vocal studies or creative theatre production. You can follow one particular area of interest, such as all the dance modules, or you can build your own degree with a mix of dance, drama and stage management modules, for example.
You can choose to study techniques in ballet, contemporary Limon and jazz in Year 1. In Year 2, the Technique and Style 2 module is a study of ballet, contemporary Limon and release. In Year 3, you have the option of studying the Repertoire module where you will study with different choreographers.
If you choose the Choreography modules, you'll investigate and develop your ideas through improvisation and movement and you'll explore mainstream/traditional choreographic devices and compositional structures.
You'll explore texts and engage with practical methodologies and rehearsal techniques. You'll also develop greater vocal and physical awareness and flexibility, analytical skills, versatility in your acting methods and styles. You'll learn how to enhance your communication with fellow actors and with an audience and you'll explore spaces and ways of presenting performance.
You will develop your own singing technique, based on appropriate posture, proper voice placement and production, and strong breath control. This will help you develop your performing and communication skills while building your confidence. You will also extend your repertoire to include a variety of solo and ensemble music in a wide range of styles and genres of music.
You'll learn about design concepts relating to the various production areas that come together to create a theatrical mise en scène.
You'll gain a broad understanding of the ways in which the practical elements relating to costume, prop, lighting, sound and staging, communicate with one another on a functional level and how practitioners working in these areas collaborate with respect to a final performance product.
You will explore the very specific roles relating to managing performance for large-scale events together with examples of how those roles conflate to a more all-encompassing single management role for small performance companies. You'll have the opportunity to explore these various functions of performance organisation and you'll develop practical skills by facilitating various performances throughout the academic year. You'll also work on student-devised projects where you'll perform different roles within stage management teams.
You'll explore the rapidly emerging and diversifying field of multimedia performance and interactive performance installation. You'll learn new theoretical concepts that underpin final performance/installation works.
You'll be able to explore key developments in performance analysis using key texts from the field, with a particular emphasis on performance studies. You'll develop your understanding of the notion of performance by exploring performance practice within a broad context. This could include areas such as ritual theory, play and performance processes.
You'll learn how to use equipment and follow processes concerned with providing lighting and audio support for small form theatrical performance. You'll also develop planning skills relating to the development and presentation of standard lighting plans.
Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.
You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops and will have access to a range of online and other library resources.
Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics. You'll also meet regularly with your personal academic tutor.
All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.
When not attending seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves practice, rehearsal and preparing for assessments. You will also be reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on directed tasks or projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.
Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before each class.
For the independent project/dissertation in Year 3, you will undertake independent research working under the supervision of a member of the course team who you'll meet regularly.
For every 20 credit module there is 50 hours of contact time and typically 150 hours of additional study time to undertake directed tasks, readings, rehearsals, practice, research and assignments.
There are six full-time contracted members of staff involved in this course, who spread their time across Performing Arts and Drama teaching.
Dr. Angela Pickard, subject lead, is a principal lecturer and has extensive experience as a performer (dancer), choreographer, manager and academic. She has published work on creativity, storytelling, role play and educational drama techniques.
All staff on this course have industry experience as performers, community practitioners and in academia in Higher Education.
The Performing Arts course enables you to gain understanding of being a performer on stage as you study dance, acting and singing, but also behind the scenes of performance with modules in, for example, stagecraft and theatre design. The teaching team bring heaps of enthusiasm and industry experience to enable you to reach your potential.Dr Angela PickardProgramme Director
Given the aim to produce graduates who are competent and confident in the performing arts industry it will come as no surprise to find direct engagement with the Performing Arts and related disciplines: a great deal of practical performance is built into the programme. Students will engage in the various processes of production, rehearsal, performance, presentation of seminars and workshop leadership. The participation of those students who perform within performance workshops and masterclasses will provide the opportunity for their performances to be analysed and performance practice developed.
Whilst the practical component of many modules is important, most modules require an element of written work as part of the assessment strategy.
You will know how to market yourself in print, online, and in person. What areas you pursue, in a multi-faceted industry, will be up to you. You may audition to perform. You may work with an arts organisation. You may undertake further study in Masters courses or set up a business as a freelance entrepreneur. Some students choose to apply to study for a teaching qualification as a PGCE or Schools Direct.
The welcoming atmosphere made me settle in straight away, with supportive supervisors guiding me to succeed in my studies. There are also many opportunities to work and gain experience alongside your studies which help you gain the valuable skills employers are looking for.LukeStudying for a Master’s degree
The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:
|UK / EU||Overseas|
|Full-time - Foundation Year 0||£7,050||£9,910|
|Full-time - years 1-3 *||£9,250||£13,000|
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
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