Performing Arts

BA (Hons)

Top-up degree

Key facts

BA (Hons) Performing Arts
College of Liberal Arts
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
One year full-time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: 7Y2Q
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

You should have successfully completed a related Foundation Degree/HND. All applicants will be interviewed and auditioned.

View typical offers for more information.

Discover your strengths as a contemporary theatre practitioner with this demanding but exciting course

  • Taught by highly-qualified staff with significant professional experience and international industry links
  • Enables you to work as a member of a professionally-run theatre company, presenting your work on tour
  • Designed in collaboration with professionals and professional venues to enhance employability

This Performing Arts course is designed to give you industry knowledge and a professional outlook. You’ll work as a member of a professionally-run, contemporary theatre company, creating and promoting your own work and touring it around a range of venues.

We’ll extend your knowledge of collaborative work, through the in-depth study of individual creative practice. You’ll contextualise performing arts practice with an academic and reflective environment, developing a critical framework which will enhance your own practice.

“The degree equips you with a wide range of skills, experiences and industry knowledge. The workshop with Steven Berkoff really inspired us as a group. Having the opportunity to meet and work with one of the leading figures in theatre was incredible.”

Meinzeye Theatre, Performing Arts Top-Up, graduate theatre company

What you'll learn


Through this work-based course, we’ll give you a professional approach to performance, alongside industry-specific knowledge, thinking, and practical skills. You’ll review, consolidate, extend and apply your knowledge, alongside initiating projects around your specialisms. During the course you’ll form a production company with your peers, engaging with professional venues to produce two small-scale tours of your work.

We combine practice with theory. You’ll develop a sound understanding of the theoretical and cultural frameworks that surround the performing arts. An independent research project enables you to develop advanced research skills, exploring an area of interest around contemporary genres or developments in performance practice.

You’ll graduate with highly effective interpersonal skills, so you can develop and maintain professional working relationships. We’ll introduce you to networking and business skills, including marketing, personal profiling, production and delivery, preparing you for a successful career in the performing arts.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through public performance events, an independent research project, production and performance files, personal development planning, presentations, and essays.

How will I be taught?

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


Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have worked with clients including Gob Squad Performance Company, Theatre Melange, and the Tobacco Factory Theatre.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught in the UCW Academy of Performing Arts based at University Centre Weston’s Knightstone Campus. The academy is 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.


UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £7,950
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2018/19 Entry

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

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,900
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of successful completion of a related Foundation Degree/Higher National Diploma or equivalent, with an average grade profile of 50% or above.

Typical offers

You should have successfully completed a related Foundation Degree/HND, ideally obtaining an overall grade average of 50% in the second year of the course. All applicants will be interviewed and auditioned.

If you intend to progress onto a PGCE (Teacher Training) course at a later stage students will also need GCSEs at Grade C or above in Maths and English (and for Primary teaching Science) ideally before you apply for the PGCE 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 pages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

If your application meets our basic entry requirements, you’ll 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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