BA (Hons) Performing Arts – Bath Spa University

Performing Arts

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

BA (Hons) Performing Arts
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
Three years full time.


This course is taught by University Centre Weston.

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. See "Interested in applying?" for more information.

Develop the essential practical and creative skills you'll need to become an independent and self-motivated Performing Arts professional.

  • Create meaningful and imaginative work as a performer-actor-creator, and understand a range of theatrical approaches.
  • Develop vital professional working relationships and networking skills through public performance opportunities.
  • Complement your professional training with advice on shaping an online presence that includes social media.

BA (Hons) Performing Arts trains you to be a versatile, imaginative, and employable performer. Its embodied approach develops graduates who are adept at working in a variety of genres across classical and contemporary repertoires, at the forefront of industry. It also prepares you for the option of postgraduate study.

This challenging programme requires considerable stamina and continued application.

What you'll learn


You'll develop devising and acting techniques and establish personal and group processes for making theatre in a variety of professional working scenarios.

Modules develop key skills in acting, voice and movement, while simultaneously beginning the initial formative stage of developing a portfolio of solo and group performances.

Public performance opportunities will test your ability to work collaboratively, by connecting your work as a performer with other production elements. These collaborative projects require you to work at industry standard and within professionally recognised time frames. You'll graduate with a series of tools and strategies to prepare you for a performance career, and further study, if desired.

Course structure

Year one
You'll be introduced to key practitioners and processes that underpin performer training. You'll develop devising, movement, vocal, and acting skills for working effectively as members of an ensemble and as a solo performer. We initiate the principles of academic approaches of practice as research, analysis, and critique at this level.

Year two
The second year builds your knowledge of interpretation, analysis, and text performance. As a performer-actor-creator, you'll develop an understanding and application of a range of theatrical approaches, practitioners, and dramaturgical choices, to make meaningful and imaginative work. Critical theory develops your academic and cognitive skills, and ongoing technical classes in acting for camera and solo performance training expand your skills in preparation for year three.

Year three
This is your professional practice year. You'll engage in professional projects, in which you'll collaborate with peers, industry practitioners, and professional venues. You'll learn about professional and commercial practice, acquiring the skills to be a self-starting entrepreneurial performance practitioner. You'll also hone your skills and knowledge for a range of employment scenarios.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment tasks could take the form of:

  • Public performances
  • In-class performances of devised or published work
  • Oral presentations
  • Critical reflection
  • Working as part of an ensemble
  • Individual and group research projects.

How will I be taught?

You'll be taught through a range of activities, including lectures, workshops, seminars, skills classes, rehearsals, tutorials, work placements, theatre visits, and theatre productions.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Acting 1
  • Voice 1
  • Movement 1
  • Singing for the Performer 1
  • Ensemble Performance 1
  • Individual Performance
  • Ensemble Devising
  • Performing Arts in Context 1

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Acting 2
  • Voice 2
  • Movement 2
  • Singing for the Performer 2
  • Ensemble Performance 2
  • Performing Arts in Context 2
  • Theatre Making
  • Performance Event

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Performing Arts Independent Study
  • The Professional Performer
  • Professional Performance Projects
  • Performing Arts Showcase
  • Individual Contemporary Performance

Facilities and resources

Where the is subject taught

BA (Hons) Performing Arts is taught at University Centre Weston. UCW is a Teaching Exellence Framework (TEF) Gold teaching institution with excellent facilities, including five dance and movement studios with fully-sprung floors and mirrors, three black box studios, a recording studio, a singing studio and a studio theatre with 100 seats.

UCW staff include leading industry professionals in the fields of acting, directing, puppetry and theatre making. Visiting lecturers have included West End performers and acting for camera specialists from Hollywood.


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £8,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Please refer to University Centre Weston for details on entry requirements and interview and portfolio guidance.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • Three A Levels - grades CDD including one in a related subject.
  • Two A Levels - grades CC including one in a related subject.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma in a related area, grades Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP).
  • BTEC - Sub-Dips in a related area, grades Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP) (or MM if studying two).
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred in a relevant subject.
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - Pass.
  • UAL Level Diploma - Merit.
  • Rock School Extended Diploma - overall grade of Merit.
  • Rock School Sub-Diploma - Pass, but only in conjunction with other Level 3 qualifications.

English Language Requirements for EU Applicants

  • IELTS 6.0, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

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