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Course summary

The academic content of this programme concentrates on providing opportunities for full time students to gain a nationally recognised, vocationally-specific qualification to enter employment in the performing arts industries or progress to a higher education vocational qualifications such as a full-time degree in acting/dance/musical theatre or a related area. Sunderland College is well known for producing students who are highly creative, innovative and professional in their practice. Our Higher National Diploma (HND) Performance course at Sunderland College is a nationally recognised qualification which allows you to progress directly into employment or serve as a foundation to a top up degree. This course will develop your existing skills and introduce you to a range of techniques and practices which will give you the confidence and versatility to succeed in the performing arts sector. You will study a range of practical and academic units of performance covering all aspects needed for a successful career in the performing arts industry. This unique course gives you the opportunity to work with professional practitioners and acclaimed international companies allowing you to extend your repertoire of experience and industry contacts.


Year 1 Performing Arts Industry Professional Development Acting 1 Singing 1 Jazz Dance 1 Acting for Camera Contemporary 1 Movement for Actors Year 2 Creative Research Project Working in Creative Education Acting 2 Singing 2 Dance for Musical Theatre Immersive Theatre Performance Project

Assessment method

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used that encourage and facility learners’ creative and artistic development and particularly those approaches that investigate theory through applied practice. Methods used will encourage both independent and collaborative learning through use of practical workshops, interactive lectures, resource based learning, self-directed study and group work, tutorials, discussion and critiques and rehearsals. Individual or group projects for each unit will always culminate in public performance. Students will critically reflect on their own development of skills and performance and that of others, visiting companies and practitioners, attendance of performances and residences will be used to broaden learners concepts and practice. Assessment is on-going. Verbal and written formative feedback is given at regular intervals. Assessment methods differ depending on the unit however typical assessment methods used may include: Practical demonstrations and presentations, portfolios, performances and events, log books, essays, evaluations, online blogs, reports and tasks.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5999 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5999 Year 1
Scotland £5999 Year 1
Wales £5999 Year 1

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Performance (Musical Theatre) at City of Sunderland College - UCAS