Performance and Professional Practice (top up) Sheffield Hallam University


This is a final year advanced skills and knowledge top-up degree for students with a Level 5 qualification or significant professional experience.

• Approach the concept of performance from a variety of angles.
• Analyse performance on stage or screen and in everyday life.
• Analyse the contexts and concepts surrounding performance practices.
• Develop and enhance your knowledge of a broad range of performance practices.
• Specialise in areas such as traditional acting methodologies, creating your own work, or working in educational and community settings.

You can choose to specialise in a range of advanced performance options, including contemporary approaches to acting with text, working with new and mixed media, and performing comedy.

How you learn

An emphasis is placed on the reciprocal relationship between practical enquiry and critical analysis and reflection. You are required and supported to continue your learning through individual study and group project work.

You learn through:

• practical studio-based workshops to develop key performance skills and techniques
• traditional lectures
• interactive seminars
• screenings of film and performance material
• external trips and visits

Work placements

You are introduced to, and supported by, a wide range of external employers and practitioners, and either undertake a further work-based placement in an area of your choice, or work individually or in groups to develop and present a business plan for an enterprise of your own devising.

Live projects

You take part in a range of public performances, to which external practitioners and agents are invited.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as a:

• performer
• actor
• community artist

You may find work in areas such as:

• professional performance
• health and social care
• teaching
• arts administration management
• the media

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    23 September 2019

  • Duration

    1 year

Course details


Compulsory modules
Final Project - 40 credits
Researching Performance - 20 credits

Elective modules
Advanced Acting Techniques - 20 credits
Building A Professional Portfolio - 20 credits
Creative Screens - 20 credits
Drama In Education & The Community - 20 credits
Foreign Language - 20 credits
Guerrilla Film Making - 20 credits
Issues In Professional Development - 20 credits
Making Comedy - 20 credits
Performance Lab - 20 credits
Research Project - 40 credits
Show Business; Or The Business Of Making Shows - 20 credits

Assessment method

Coursework and practical assessment

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 W490
Institution code S21
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Normally you need a Level 5 qualification (Foundation Degree or HND) in Performing Arts, Drama, Theatre or a related discipline. If you have achieved it in the last five years you will not be asked to submit a piece of work as part of the selection process as we will be able to assess your application via your UCAS form.

Additional entry requirements


If you have professional experience, rather than a Level 5 qualification, or you have achieved a Level 5 qualification more than five years ago, you will be invited to submit a piece of work as part of the selection process.

Please visit the course page on our website for further details on the selection process.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.