BIMM University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: BIMM Limited

Performing Arts (Top-up)

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Course summary

Course Summary Are you passionate to learn more about your craft? If you hold a UK Level 5 qualification (or equivalent), a Trinity College London Professional Diploma in Performing Arts or a similar subject and wish to earn a full honours degree, our flagship BA Hons in Performing Arts and it’s 3 unique pathways, provides in-depth training shaped by current industry trends. ICTheatre’s specialised one-year Degree Top-up programme has been designed to enable committed performers to extend their understanding of performing arts in either: Contemporary Musical Theatre, Acting for the 21st Century or Hip Hop Artistry. The course offers students and practitioners the opportunity to explore aspects of these pathways not usually addressed in vocational training and provides access to further HE study and enhanced employment opportunities when considering career progression. As part of our Top Up Degree, you have the chance to select from specific options to meet the needs of the industry. Here you can diversify your training and home in on areas you may have previously explored in less depth. This is a crucial element of training as you can explore your identity as an emerging creative artist. This course encourages independence, entrepreneurialism, and innovation because any performer entering the contemporary performing arts industry will require these qualities. We don’t want you just to get work; we want you to create work. All learning is underpinned by mental and physical resilience classes, another critical element of your training. You will need to be resilient on entering this notoriously hard profession. You should also be equipped with life skills, which you can apply within various contexts far beyond your training.


Final Project Creative Industries and you 3: Professional Portfolio A range of optional modules can be selected in year 3, subject to availability and student demand. Please visit the course information page on the ICTheatre website for a full break down.

Assessment method

Assessment methods are varied and balanced to suit a wide range of students and may take practical, written, portfolio or other form. Students are given the opportunity to work collaboratively with those studying other music related disciplines, representative of the way in which the Music and wider Creative Industries also require collaboration. All written and portfolio assessments are submitted electronically by way of a Virtual Learning Environment and where possible, feedback is delivered in audio and/or video form, as well as written.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Institute for Contemporary Theatre Manchester
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

International applicants

ICTheatre cannot accept applicants that require a student visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Completion of Level 5 Qualification or Trinity College London Professional Diploma: Higher National Diploma, FdA, FdSC in performing arts or a related subject Applicants must also satisfy English Language requirements.

Additional entry requirements


When your application is received, you will be contacted to arrange a suitable date and time.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6a minimum of 5.5 must be achieved in each band (Reading, writing, listening, speaking)
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2A minimum overall score of 170, and no lower than 165 in each band
TOEFL (iBT)80the minimum points must met in each band: Listening - 19 Reading - 19 Speaking - 21 Writing - 21
PTE Academic50A minimum score of 50 overall. At least 42 must be achieved in all four skills

We also accept the following qualifications: - ESOL Skills for Life Level B2 (Higher B2 on CEFR Scale) - IGCSE English Language (First Language) at C/4 or above - IGCSE English Language (Second Language) at B/3 or above - International Baccalaureate English Language at 5 or above in English A or B Applicants must have met the minimum requirement and be in receipt of results prior to enrolment.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £15950* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £15950* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The tuition fee shown is for year 1 of study only. Fees may be subject to increase on an annual basis, and do not cover additional costs such as: - Accommodation - Living costs (rent/bills/travel/food) - Essential Equipment required for your course (computer and software/clothing/Dancewear/books etc)

Sponsorship information

Bursaries are available for eligible students

Performing Arts (Top-up) at BIMM University - UCAS