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    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 will pursue a variety of subjects spanning a wide range of Performing Arts activities covering performance, technical operation, management and design. This will give you the flexibility to develop your art as you get to grips with the realities and practicalities of performance and 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.

    Why Study Performing Arts with Foundation Year?

    On this course you'll gain a broad 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.

      All about the course

      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 your degree you will explore a wide variety of modules that examine the Performing Arts industry as a whole. You will cover performance techniques whilst developing management skills. You will learn how to control performance technology systems as well as working practically in examining elements of design. You will learn how to discuss and articulate theoretical concepts relating to a whole range of performance styles and at the same time devise your own performance work to demonstrate your combined skillset.

      Performance Techniques

      A major part of the Performing Arts degree is the exploration of those skills most associated with performing on stage. With that in mind, your Performance Techniques modules run across all three years and focus on acting, singing and dancing. You'll explore a variety of acting, dancing and singing techniques and styles and engage in performance making across all three disciplines. You will engage with practical methodologies and rehearsal techniques whilst developing a greater vocal and physical performance awareness, flexibility, and versatility in your performance method and style. You will learn how to enhance your communication with fellow performers and an audience alike, and you'll explore different ways to approach spaces and to present performance.

      Mastering all three performance areas is no mean feat and so you can focus your final assessments on your strongest two. You will always have the opportunity to explore performance making and presentation across the three main disciplines but won’t be hamstrung if one of these doesn’t develop as fully as the others.

      Stagecraft and Theatre Design

      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.

      Stage Management

      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.

      Multimedia Environments

      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.

      Creative Theatre Production

      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.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      UCAS Points

      Module information

      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.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      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 four full-time contracted members of staff involved in this course, who spread their time across Performing Arts, Musical Theatre and Drama teaching.

      Dr Angela Pickard, suite 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.

      Andy HurstCourse Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      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.

      Your future career

      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 Master's courses or set up a business as a freelance entrepreneur. Some students choose to apply to study for a teaching qualification, such as a PGCE.

      A foundation year provides an introduction to academic study and life at university, supporting every student to achieve their full potential.

      Martin WattsFoundation Year Course Director


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      * The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

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