About the BA (Hons) Performing Arts Top Up programme
The BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Top Up) programme at University Centre Grimsby offers a focus within performing arts in the study of drama, dance, and production as an actor, dancer, choreographer, producer, director, teacher, facilitator, stage manager and more with opportunities for individual expression in performance or production within these disciplines as well as collaboration. We believe in each performer having their own voice as an artist and as a creator and a collective group developing the ability to create their own opportunities is as important as the ability to work effectively and professionally and the ability to generate and sustain individual work is crucial to a performer’s continued growth and development throughout their career. Learning to perform is a continuous process of personal discovery and exploration. Professional opportunities for performers are increasingly broad and the course aims to address key concepts and skills that can be adapted to a wide range of performance media and contexts. The Programme team does not focus upon a single methodology, but provides students with the tools to develop as a professional and confident performer and individual. The University Centre Grimsby is home to the state of the art arts building including a 200-seat 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.
Students will be required to have successfully completed 240 credits from the first two years of study on a Foundation Degree programme or equivalent in performing arts, drama and/or dance and achieve a minimum average of 50% at level 5. Each candidate will be assessed on an individual basis, through the application, interview and audition process.
What you will learn
Level 6 – Honours Stage
- Final Major Project (40 credits)
- Community Action Research Project (40 credits)
- Experimental Theatre (Dance or Drama) (20 credits)
- Performing Arts Business (20 credits)
Learning & Teaching Methods
This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your 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 happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support. We will make decisions on the delivery hours for each programme as government advice becomes clearer. We are currently reviewing this programme and some elements of the published programmes may need to change in order for students to achieve. We will advise you of these changes once they are completed.
The learning and teaching approach associated with this programme falls under two key pedagogic approaches with a mixture of experiential learning and tutor input. The students will be working on real projects in real situations with colleagues developing their own, or others’ performances. Throughout this time experienced staff will be supporting and challenging the students to develop the performances whilst giving input to ensure the required discipline knowledge is imparted and skill level developed. This approach builds on the one taken during the Foundation Degree but implements it at a higher academic level. Throughout the workshop sessions students are required to justify their decisions from a theoretical perspective and will be required to research past and contemporary practitioners and approaches to develop their own skills and performances.
At University Centre Grimsby the focus within performing arts is on the study of drama, dance and production: as an actor, dancer, choreographer, producer, director, teacher, facilitator, stage manager and more, with opportunities for individual specialisation in performance or production within these disciplines as well as collaboration.
Students could progress onto master’s degrees at other universities or progress on to a teaching qualification, community work, teaching, become a self-employed, freelance practitioner or employed within the performing arts industry in the West End, on cruise ships, at holiday parks or on national and international tours.