Performing Arts (Foundation Degree)

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The Foundation Degree in Performing Arts is a practical course: it will develop your vocal, physical, emotional and technical skills, allowing you to build these essentials in workshops and sessions and then channel this learning into rehearsal and production practice.

The course is taught by Weston College, where you will be based.

Why study Performing Arts (Foundation Degree)?

This course offers students the opportunity to work in a theatre company style environment while learning about a diverse range of performance disciplines. The focus is on an ensemble based approach to theatre practice. Throughout the course, you will engage in all aspects of production, from rehearsal techniques to performance, research, stage and production management.

Course structure

The Foundation Degree in Performing Arts focusses on the ensemble. As a graduate you will have the practical know-how and the theoretical contextual knowledge necessary to create theatre or work in one of its many current forms, from the Broadway musical to avant-garde fringe.

In Year 1, modules in Acting emphasise performance skills and understanding performance through practice. You compose and perform short pieces, and you gain experience of practical theatre-craft.

In Year 2, you concentrate on production and performance. You develop your understanding of performance both through theoretical research and through practical engagement, and you produce challenging and innovative work.

A key feature of performance work on the FdA in Performing Arts is the inclusion of performance in mediated contexts. Students work with visiting specialists and tutors in their application of performance skills for television, film and other recorded media.

After successful completion of this course, you may wish to apply to progress to the third year of an associated honours degree course. In the event of insufficient places being available to accommodate all Foundation Degree students who wish to progress, there will be a selection process based on achievement during the Foundation Degree, supplemented by audition, and will be subject to satisfactory academic references. 


Year 1

  • Acting Skills 1 and 2;
  • Performance Workshops 1 and 2;
  • Contextual Studies 1 and 2.

Year 2

  • Production 1 and 2;
  • Performance Workshops 3 and 4;
  • Contextual Studies 3 and 4.

Course assessment

Assessment is through coursework and includes a variety of methods such as rehearsal, performance, Personal Development Portfolios and essays. There are no written examinations.

The Foundation Degree (FdA) in Performing Arts is a practical course. It develops your vocal, physical and technical skills, allowing you to develop these essentials in workshops and sessions and then channel this learning into rehearsal and production practice.

Teaching methods

Weston College offers the Foundation Degree in Performing Arts under the supervision of Bath Spa University. Qualified staff teach Performing Arts through workshops, lectures, seminars, rehearsals and in-class, studio, main-stage and other forms of performance.

Students' own rehearsals, theatre visits and attendance at a variety of extracurricular classes are an important part of the course, as are work placements where possible.

Application method

Applications are through UCAS

An interview / audition will be required for entry to this programme.

Course enquiries

Please contact Weston College -

Entry requirements

You will need a UCAS tariff of 180 - 220 UCAS points with at least 160 coming from a Level 3 Qualification (for example A Levels or BTEC National / Extended Diploma). Preferably 80 points should come from a related subject such as Drama, Dance or Theatre Studies.

Entry is by audition only.

Career opportunities

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Stage and production management
  • Arts administration
  • Production design.

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