About the Course The BA (Hons) Performing Arts consists of three pathways: Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop Artistry and Acting. Each provide in-depth training shaped by current industry trends. Technique, work ethic, confidence and self-awareness are areas of focus which will give you the tools required to succeed in meeting the demands of the business. In the third year, you have the chance to select from specific options to meet the needs of the industry. Here you can diversify your training and hone in on areas you may have previously explored in less depth. This is a crucial element of training as you are given the opportunity to explore your identity as an emerging creative artist. This course encourages independence, entrepreneurialism and innovation because these qualities will be required of any performer entering the contemporary performing arts industry. We don’t want you just to get work, we want you to make work. All learning is underpinned by regular mental and physical resilience classes; another key element of your training. The Three Pathways: Musical Theatre Being a musical theater performer today means you need a skillset that makes you unique. You also need a direct and extensive network and an innate understanding of the industry you will be working in. Alongside classic high-end musical theatre training, we offer a program that develops other skills essential to a musical theatre performer in order to broaden work opportunities and connections. The course includes:
- High-end industry-standard acting dance and vocal training
- Physical and contemporary theatre practice, puppetry and circus skills
- TV and film techniques in conjunction with Screen and Film School
- Programmes taught and devised by our network of West End performers, producers, directors and choreographers
- Incredible personal and professional development program
- Rigorous training from experienced practitioners working in both film and theatre
- A choice of options running alongside your core training
- Thorough preparation for the industry including marketing, self-taping, audition technique and presentation
- Regular sessions in mindfulness and mental resilience
- A chance to hone your own creative identity in the third year and deepen your skills in areas where you have thrived
- Hip-hop, street, commercial and freestyle dance techniques
- YouTubing, influencing and TV presenting skills
- Hip-hop theatre and production projects
- Artist development and hip-hop culture
- Music, vocal and beat production
- Studio and live performance technique
Students can expect to study the following core modules: YEAR 1
- Creative Industries and you 1: Finding your path
- Context and culture of the creative industries
- The Body fundamentals
- The Voice fundamentals
- Performance Fundamentals
- Self and the Body
- Self and the voice
- Self and Performance
- Creative Industries and you 2: Creative Collaboration
- Creativity, Identity and Agency
- The Body Applied
- The Voice Applied
- Performance Applied
- The Body and Character
- The Voice and Character
- Performance and Character
- Final Project
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 is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
We are not able to accept students that require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK
Additional entry requirements
All applicants will be required to attend an audition and demonstrate their ability in dance, drama and singing. We’re not expecting you to be proficient in all three – just a bit of star quality. You will be contacted to arrange this once your UCAS application has been received.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||a minimum of 5.5 must be achieved in each band (Reading, writing, listening, speaking)|
|Cambridge English Advanced||Level B2||A minimum overall score of 170, and no lower than 165 in each band|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||the minimum points must met in each band: Listening - 19 Reading - 19 Speaking - 21 Writing - 21|
|PTE Academic||50||A 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.
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.