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Performing Arts

FdA

Foundation degree

Key facts

Award
FdA Performing Arts
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
University Centre Weston
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
Two years full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: W492
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our foundation programmes. See ‘Interested in applying’ for more information.

Prepare yourself to enter the performing arts world with this demanding but exciting course.

  • Taught by highly-qualified staff who continue to work as practitioners in the industry.
  • Opportunities to work with international performers, producers and directors.
  • Covers all aspects of production, from rehearsal techniques to performance, research and stage management.

Challenge yourself, strengthen your own practice, and develop a wide understanding of the performing arts industry, with this Performing Arts course. You’ll work with our highly-qualified and experienced staff, along with visiting industry professionals, gaining a high level of support to enable your personal and professional development. A wide range of extra-curricular activities are offered to prepare you for the full-on schedule of a professional performer, including additional skills classes and corporate performance opportunities.

“When I came for my audition I was really impressed with the facilities and I knew it was the right course for me. The lecturers are fantastic; they are always there to help and share their knowledge with you.”

–Alex, Performing Arts (Foundation Degree) graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

This vocational course combines theory and practice, encouraging you to support your practical learning with considerable research, reflection and evaluation. You’ll gain a solid understanding of the theoretical and cultural frameworks that surround the performing arts. We’ll also help you critically evaluate the process of turning a stimulus into performance.

We foster the industry-specific knowledge, thinking and practical skills required of performing arts practitioners, and promote how subject-specific skills can be transferred to other employment fields. Technical classes use repetition of physical action for the training of voice and movement.

You’ll select and engage with appropriate techniques to ensure that rehearsals and performances function safely, creatively and professionally. You’ll develop highly effective interpersonal and social skills, and demonstrate the entrepreneurship and self-motivation required of a professional freelance career in the theatre.

Course structure

Year 1
You’ll be introduced to the core elements of performance practice in preparation for the challenges of the working environment encountered in the second year
Year 2
We encourage you to build on and apply the skills developed in year 1 to a wider work-based context. You’ll become an active member of a theatre company, enabling you to experience practice in the wider professional performance environment.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through solo and group performances, reflective journals, personal development planning, presentations, and essays.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught through lectures, workshops, seminars, technical classes, tutorials and rehearsals. We also host a weekly session ‘Showtime’ which brings together first and second year students to engage with ideas and styles, explore their potential as performers and gain feedback from their peers and tutors.

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have worked with clients including Fuse Performance/Street Arts, Cricot Theatre (Poland) and acclaimed performer, writer and director Steven Berkoff.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught at University Centre Weston. You'll learn in a dedicated area of the campus which includes rehearsal and performance spaces, state-of-the-art dance studios, music studios, contextual studies classrooms and a common room. We also work closely with the Blakehay Theatre, a working theatre in the town, to provide additional rehearsal and performance space.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £7,950
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of MMP/CDD or equivalent, preferably in a related area such as the BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts or A Level Drama or Theatre Studies. Applications from those studying only two A-levels or alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. An audition is required for this course.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the apply now button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

If your application meets our basic entry requirements, you will be invited to an audition day. These usually last from 10am - 5pm, and we invite a number of applicants along so we can see how you work in groups. The audition days are structured around workshops which will cover approaches to performance and improvisation/devising. You may also be asked to complete a short piece of written work. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask any questions you have. You should wear comfortable clothing, suitable for movement.

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Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk 

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