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.
Each candidate will be assessed on an individual basis, through the application, interview and audition process. None conventional routes are again assessed an individual basis.
Students will be required to have successfully completed 240 credits from the first two years of study on a Foundation Degree programme or equivalent and achieve a minimum average of 50% at level 5.
What you will learn
Level 6 – Honours Stage
In semester 1, the development element of Final Major Project provides the space and context for students to thoroughly confront and interrogate their practice and develop proposals which further develop their work from level 5, take risks and offer opportunities for experimentation. This then leads to the performance element of Final Major Project in semester 2, which takes the initial concept work and aims to continue the development into a finished professional standard performance. The Community Action Research Project module runs across both semesters; semester 1 is aimed at underpinning and fundamental preparation of the theoretical, contextual and critical aspects of the community project that will take place in semester 2. Experimental Theatre will run in semester 1 will run alongside the Final Major Project and the Community Action Research Project as the new experimental theatre skills, knowledge and understanding gained in the Experimental Theatre module can be transferred to modules in semester 2. Performing Arts Business in semester 2 is a continuation of our FdA Performing Arts level 4 Employability module. The skills, knowledge and understanding in this business module are pivotal on the community action research project and for future career prospects.
- Final Major Project (40 credits)
- Community Action Research Project (40 credits)
- Experimental Theatre (20 credits)
- Performing Arts Business (20 credits)
Learning & Teaching Methods
This top-up degree will develop students’ independence within their drama, dance or production skills as an actor, dancer, choreographer, producer, director, teacher, facilitator, stage manager and more. Students will be required to take ownership of their learning in the production of a final major project and community action research project, with teaching staff operating largely as facilitators. The programme will provide students with the confidence to work independently, with support and guidance where needed in the form of tutorials. Students entering the Level 6 programme will already have a grounding of the principles of the subject area, including a comprehension of key theories and methods of analysis, performance skills and experience in producing and performing arts events. The programme will provide students with a space in which to practice and extend both their critical evaluation of performing arts in relation to their own skills in the field of practice. The cohort will collaborate in the planning, organisation and production of an end of year theatre performing arts showcase. Students will be assisted through the delivery of seminars, workshops and tutorials intended to enable students to take ownership of this aspect of the programme whilst being confident of appropriate mechanisms of support, advice and inspiration. The entire teaching and learning strategy is focused on producing independent and competent practitioners, fully aware of industry practice and expectations, by the time of graduation. Practical and professional skills will be developed through projects, briefs and assignments either as an individual or a collective team which develops and encourages practical experimentation and exploration of performance techniques, drama or dance development, or theatre production skills. Students will be required to be active learners, using their own research as a springboard for implementation in taught sessions, developing independence and initiative. This independence is consistent throughout level 6, as students continue to develop as proactive, confident practitioners, capable of high-level critical analysis. Transferable skills of time management, reliability and punctuality are built into practical assignments throughout the year. Presentations, group critiques and seminars will help students to develop communication and analysis skills. Tutors will encourage a critical and reflective approach; both in practical and theoretical in drama, dance and theatre production elements of assignment work, and this will be demonstrated verbally, visually and in written form. There is an equal weighting of both performance and theory. The ability to apply problem-solving skills in a variety of contexts will be developed to encourage a resourceful approach to challenges, encouraging a flexible approach that will serve students well in a fast-paced industry. Learning will also be supported through tutorials, workshops, seminars and discussion. Students not only have access to a purpose-built theatre but also to a purpose-built dance studio and the production equipment needed to facilitate a fully realised production. Students are encouraged and expected to continue their practical assessments utilising these facilities within their own time.
The BA Performing Arts course will focus on those who wish to proceed into the performing arts industry and demonstrate the academic and practical skills they have developed. Students will develop their abilities and understanding of the production performance process, ultimately allowing them to work at any level of the performing arts industry to a professional standard.
Further education opportunities at the Institute include Postgraduate Certificate in Education for teaching in the post-compulsory sector. The Institute does not currently offer any master’s degrees, however there may be opportunities at local or national universities for graduates to explore.
Graduates may be able to secure employment within the performing arts sector as a practitioner actor, dancer, choreographer, producer, director, teacher, facilitator, stage manager and more.