Performing Arts Gateshead College


Our HND in Performing Arts is a two year, full time course designed to appeal to those who wish to explore the many and varied faces of the performer in the entertainment world. If your interests lie beyond just acting and you want to explore a wider array of career options (touring artist, stand-up, community arts, cabaret, compering, presenting, voice-acting, narration etc) that may open doors to working in industries as diverse as TV/Film, computer games, advertising; cruises, holiday venues or children’s entertainment, then this could be the programme for you.

We'll provide a solid grounding in solo and ensemble performance technique and help you explore the industry to find your niche. We'll support you to develop project work designed to play to your strengths and to your career ambitions, while encouraging your confidence and creativity. You'll get to showcase your work at regular points and we'll encourage you to perform outside of College and build your local and regional networks to get you started in the business.

Please note: Whilst every effort is made to run advertised programmes, this programme will run subject to learner recruitment numbers.

  • Qualification

    Higher National Diploma - HND

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    2 years

Course details


•Performance and rehearsal techniques
•Voice and Speech
•Film, TV Acting and Community Arts
•Working as a performer in the entertainment industries

Assessment method

The programme is coursework assessed and there are no formal examinations. Assignments often take the form of practical rehearsal and performance projects (full group, small group, in pairs or solo), presentations, seminars, essays, reports and portfolios.

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 W470
Institution code G09
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 96 points GCSE English Language and maths at grade 9-4 (A*-C).

You must also pass an audition designed to assess your practical skills.

Mature applicants without qualifications but with equivalent experience and knowledge may apply. Suitability will be determined at an interview

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (Disclosure Scotland)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5,995 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5,995 Year 1
Scotland £5,995 Year 1
Wales £5,995 Year 1

Additional fee information

£44 for a DBS application.