This course, taught entirely at Stella Mann College (based in Bedford) will allow you to deepen your knowledge and skill in important areas of the performing arts. It will help you prepare for a wide range of careers by providing a high level of technical training in the core disciplines needed for a successful career in dance, acting, and musical theatre. There will be a very large practical component throughout the course and the training will be delivered by tutors with a very high level of expertise and an extensive background in many branches of the performing arts. The course will be geared to the practicalities of securing work and sustaining a career in the performing arts.
Students who complete the Level 4 HNC and Level 5 HND will be able to top up this qualification to a full Level 6 Degree through a number of different channels and institutions within five years of completing the qualification. It is expected that most students will enter the performance profession, either as actors, singers, dancers, choreographers, and perhaps teachers. The most common kind of performance that graduates secure is performance on cruise ships, holiday venues, commercial dance on television and in the corporate sector, modelling and musical theatre.
The mandatory units will focus on development of transferrable skills necessary to sustain a career, including the importance of agents, self-publicity, self-development, financial awareness, insurance and tax. Optional units will allow specialism within areas of singing, acting and dance, including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary Dance.
The following units are offered as options on the Level 5 HND. Students must take the mandatory unit (51) and seven others from the optional units:
Unit 12 – Classical Ballet Development and Analysis
Unit 15 – Contemporary Dance Techniques and Performance
Unit 22 – Dance Criticism and Analysis
Unit 32 – Historical context in the Performing Arts
Unit 35 – Jazz Dance Development and Analysis
Unit 42 – Musical Theatre Performance
Unit 51 – Preparation, Process and Production in the Creative Arts (mandatory)
Unit 55 – Research Project
Unit 67 – Tap Dance Development and Analysis
Regular theatre trips are arranged so that you can experience a variety of professional theatre forms. You will also have the opportunity to take part in performances throughout the year in College shows in local professional theatres, and can audition to take part in prestigious external performances, such as Move It!, the Make a Wish Foundation’s Valentine’s Ball at The Dorchester Hotel, and the Ideal Home Exhibition.
There are no other specific work placements as part of the course but the college may agree for you to take part in professional performance opportunities not linked to the college, such as summer seasons and pantomimes, as long as these do not interfere with your college attendance. It is expected that all students registered on the BTEC Levels 4 and 5 HNC and HND will also undertake the three-year Stella Mann College Performers Diploma, and you may also elect to undertake the Trinity College London National Diplomas in Dance or Musical Theatre.
There will be formal exams. Around 50% of the qualification will be assessed practically through classwork and performance and around 50% will be assessed through a variety of assignment-based forms – progress logs, diaries, presentations, research projects and viva voice.
How to apply
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|Campus name||Stella Mann College of Performing Arts|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
There are no qualification requirements for this course.
The main entry qualification is a successful audition and interview at Stella Mann College, where you must pass a ballet class, jazz class and present a singing and/or dance solo. See website for more details.
Ideally you should also have:
32-48 UCAS points OR
BTEC Level 3 Diploma OR
Equivalent Level 3 qualification but this is not mandatory.
We welcome applications from mature students via a successful audition and interview, and a demonstration of vocational experience if you do not meet the criteria stated.
Please click the following link to find out more about qualificationshttps://www.bedford.ac.uk/our-courses/subjects/performing-arts/performing-arts-performance-pathway-hnd
Additional entry requirements
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£6,000||Year 1|