About the FdA Performing Arts programme
The FdA in Performing Arts aims to provide a dynamic, exciting and flexible learning experience for its students whilst providing industry-standard skills. Academically, it will develop students’ abilities to contextualise their learning historically, culturally and self-reflectively and students will be encouraged to showcase their work at every opportunity.
The aim of the programme is to give each member of the cohort the requisite skills to enter the performing arts industry, and our focus on skills, employment and industry are a unique selling point for this FdA. Dedicated module tutors and support staff are on hand for students who are interested in all aspects of the performing arts. With a focus on acting, dancing, musical theatre and the essential contextual studies, this programme aims to deliver dynamic performance professionals directly into the creative sector.
The University Centre Grimsby is home to the new state of the art Arts building including a 200 seater theatre, dance studio and rehearsal rooms. Students will have the opportunity to work in a professional environment with staff who have proven track records within the industry.
For 2017 entry onwards: applicants require 72 UCAS points, with a minimum of grade ‘C’ in both GCSE Maths &English. This equates to MMP at BTEC National Diploma level, grades DDD at ‘A’ Level, and on the Diploma Foundation Studies (Art, Design & Media) this is equal to a Merit.
All applicants will do an audition.
However, in line with the widening participation brief and lifelong learning strategy, the Institute will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, and asked to complete an essay and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
What you will learn
Year 1 (Level 4) – Certificate Stage
- Introduction to Performing Arts
- History of Performing Arts
- Theatre in Education
- Live Performance Production
- Skills for Study and Employability
- Theatre Production
Year 2 (Level 5) – Diploma Stage
- Cultural Studies
- Performing Arts Development (Drama and Dance)
- Employment in the Industry
- Community Arts
- Drama Performance in TV
- Musical Theatre
Learning & Teaching Methods
The programme’s emphasis is on teaching, learning and assessment through practice. Performing arts deploys a wide range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, small and large group practicals and contextual workshops. There is also the opportunity for improvisation work, development and training workshops, theatre visits, discussions, demonstration and technical training and workshops by theatre companies.
This skills and experience gained on this Foundation Degree will give you a thorough grounding to pursue a career across the spectrum of the performing arts industry. The programme will:
Engender a professional approach to performing arts whether it is as an actor, dancer, choreographer, scriptwriter, director or through a more generic performance practice.Provide a learning experience that explores these practices and encourages creativity across a range of performing arts media and forms.Foster the industry-specific knowledge, thinking, subject-specific practical and general skills required of performing arts practitioners.Enhance performance skills in a range of styles and contexts through an understanding of the history and context of performing arts.Provide a working knowledge of the performing arts sector and arts policy.Develop the values of professional practice Provide business-related and self-management skills to meet the demands of employment within the industry.Promote an awareneses of the transferability of subject specific skills to other employment scenarios.
It is anticipated that graduates from the Foundation Degree in Performing Arts may go on to become a performing arts teacher, community arts facilitator, performing arts facilitator, an actor, performer or dancer, a director or choreographer or a stage manager or deputy stage manager.
Alternatively you may wish to go on to top up your Foundation Degree to an honours degree – there are a number of institutions that may offer an articulation route for you to do this.