Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage) with Foundation Year

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Course summary

This exciting interdisciplinary degree programme fuses theatre, film, television and audio media placing the performer at the heart of the creative process. So, if you're a self-motivated and enthusiastic performing arts lover, this course could be the perfect path for you. During your time on this course you'll develop a broad understanding of the industry and spend time focusing on all aspects of production. As well as this you’ll have the opportunity to write, create and perform group and independent productions. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? On this course you'll learn that there are many ways to be a performer. We'll give you hands-on experience with the latest technology allowing you to explore the full range of screen, audio and inter-media possibilities, whilst having access to industry professionals who'll help you shape your work. With London’s theatre world only a short train journey away, we're perfectly placed for acting and performing arts opportunities, placements and theatre visits. There’ll be lots of other performance opportunities open to you, during and after you graduate. We frequently draw on our strong industry links, including:

  • Swan Theatre, High Wycombe – students from each year perform in this professional theatre every year.
  • Courtyard Theatre, London – this leading fringe venue hosts our final year showcases as well as our second-year productions.
  • Court Theatre Training Company – this leading drama school is a partner institution of the University, and we share industry practice with them.
  • Out of Joint – this leading UK theatre company has hosted workshops and talks with our students, and Catriona Craig, a permanent member of BNU, also works as Literary Manager for the company.
  • Paines Plough – James Grieve, Artistic Director of the company was awarded an honorary MA in 2016 for his work with our students, helping advise lecturers on texts and organising opportunities for our students to interview leading playwright Alistair McDowall.
What will I study? Our team of experienced academic-practitioners has a wealth of industry and academic experience and will nurture your learning and professional development throughout your time with us. We place performance making at the centre of this course so you'll get a much better understanding of the practices that surround film, stage and television performances. During this course you'll study a number of practical modules and learn physical and vocal performance skills. How will I be taught and assessed? This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree. We know the importance of catering for different learning styles and enabling our students to develop a wide range of academic and performance skills. We don't have any written exams and we encourage you to develop your own response to open briefs, giving you independence and creative control over your work. In the theoretical and practical perspectives modules, you’ll look at the various ways that performance can be conceived and consider its importance in society through conducting research into different areas that interest you. Throughout this degree you’ll create a series of shows, films, short scenes and devised performances. In your third year, you’ll set up your own theatre company and devise a production that you'll manage from conception through to venue booking, marketing and performance. What facilities can I use? You’ll use our drama studio on site, with moving lights and fully-equipped sound system and projection. We also use the professional venue at Wycombe Town Hall, which is less than two minutes from our campus.

Course details


How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2021.

If you already have a 2021 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application codes

Course code:
WW44
Institution code:
B94
Campus name:
Buckinghamshire New University
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks/general-entry-requirements

Additional entry requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* 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 £12500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

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Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage) with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS