FdA Performing Arts

UCAS Code: G80 W4T3 Credit Level: 5 Credit Value: 240 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 2 Years
FdA Performing Arts Awarding body

Your Programme

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 School of Arts building, which includes 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.

Entry Requirements

Standard offer

Applicants will require 72 UCAS points in a drama, media, dance, and performing arts related subject, or 60 Access-to-HE Credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3). Applicants are required to hold English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade C/4.

Non-standard offer

Non-standard entry is intended to support students who may not meet the standard academic entry requirements of a HE programme, normally Level 3 qualifications which attract UCAS points (for instance A-levels or BTEC Level 3 courses).

In order to qualify through the non-standard route, an applicant must be able to demonstrate recent work/experience in the performing arts sector which would give them skills and knowledge comparable to applicants with Level 3 qualifications.

All such non-standard applicants will be interviewed and asked to complete an essay, and a judgement made considering 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

This course is primarily designed for face-to-face learning, with attendance during lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses, or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed, TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted, with some lessons taking place in small groups and others using online sessions and support.

These aims are attained through the delivery of a wide range of core modules both in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme. The proposed teaching and learning strategy is a combination of tutor-led formal lectures, seminars and supporting workshops, and work related learning with an emphasis on developing both the students’ performing arts and professional practice skills.

Programme Benefits

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 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 awareness of the transferability of subject specific skills to other employment scenarios.

What next?

Graduates from the Foundation Degree Performing Arts may progress on to BA (Hons) Performing Arts Top-Up, or they may go on to work in the community, teaching, self-employed as a freelance practitioner, employed within the performing arts industry in the West End, on cruise ships, at holiday parks or on national and/or international tours.

TEC Partnership is committed to offering a related top-up degree in this subject area which will allow graduates to top up to a full bachelor’s degree. It is likely that the top-up programme will be validated under new TEC Partnership Degree Awarding Powers.