Theatre Arts (Acting) Nottingham College


Awarded by: Nottingham Trent University

This course is designed to prepare students for a career in the performing arts sector, allowing the opportunity to gain professional knowledge, skills and experience in a chosen specialist pathway, such as acting. This Foundation Degree is awarded by our chief university partner: Nottingham Trent University.

About the course

This course is very practical and allows for a mixture of skills-based classwork and projects. Students cover a number of topics relevant to the chosen pathway. Typical projects may include large-scale production work; devising; physical theatre; industry-based work; workshop leading; working in education; and participating in festivals of student work. There will be opportunities to collaborate with students from other disciplines on various productions. We work with and have close links with local arts organisations including: Dance4, Nottingham Playhouse, Hatch, Dragon's Breath Theatre Company and Nottingham Lakeside to name just a few.

Our performing arts facilities are excellent and are used by practitioners across the East Midlands region. You'll have access to stae-of-the-art equipment for sound and lighting, well-equipped workshops and dance studios, and sound and film-editing resources. The course is delivered by tutors who have worked as professional actors, dancers and production managers with strong academic and industrial backgrounds. There will be opportunities to work with professional practitioners during the course.

Specialist acting modules will include the following themes:

  • voice

  • acting methods and techniques

  • physical theatre

  • devising and directing

Year One modules include

  • process and production

  • contextual studies (1)

  • facilitation

  • creating/staging the performance

  • specialist skills

Year Two modules include:

  • production company

  • industry practice/work-based learning

  • developing the practitioner

  • contextual studies (2)

  • applied specialisms


Continuous assessment is through joint projects and individual assignments. There are no examinations.


We want our courses to be accessible to students from any background, so we’ve put together a cash support package in the form of non-repayable bursaries to provide financial help where it’s really needed. Our package for 2018-19 has been approved by the university regulator – the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) – and is publicly available in our Access Agreement for 2018-19. Please check our website - - for more information.

Your career and progression

Previous students have moved directly into industry as: workshop leaders for disability arts organisations; community artists; youth theatre directors; arts development workers; stage managers; technicians; events managers; performers and teachers.

Alternatively, you may wish to progress on to our BA (Hons) Theatre Arts top-up degree, awarded by our chief university partner: Nottingham Trent University; or the second or third year of a similar degree at another higher education provider.

  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

  • Study mode


  • Location


  • Start date

    24 September 2018

  • Duration

    2 years

Course details


Year One modules include: process and production; contextual studies; specialist skills; creating/staging performance; facilitation. Year Two modules include: production company; applied specialisms; industry practice/work-based learning; developing the practitioner; contextual studies. Modules are assessed through joint projects and individual assignments. There are no examinations.

Assessment method

Assessment is continuous, through joint projects and individual assignments. There are no examinations.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code W410
Institution code N30
Campus name Clarendon
Campus code A

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points A minimum of 48 tariff points. Applicants will need the number of UCAS points specified in the details of each course - from: at least two A Levels at A2; BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma; International Baccalaureate; Access to HE Diploma. Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff. For creative courses applicants would usually need a qualification in a relevant subject area. We would expect applicants to be working at Level 2 or above in English and Mathematics.
A level A minimum of 48 tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) A minimum of 48 tariff points.
Access to HE Diploma A Pass grade with a minimum of 48 tariff points.
Scottish Higher A minimum of 48 tariff points.

Additional entry requirements


Applicants who meet our minimum entry requirements will be invited to attend an informal interview and audition.


Applicants who meet our minimum entry requirements will be invited to attend an informal interview and audition.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £7,500 Year 1
EU £7,500 Year 1
International £9,500 Year 1
England £7,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7,500 Year 1
Scotland £7,500 Year 1
Wales £7,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.