Prepare yourself to enter the performing arts world with this demanding but exciting course.
- Taught by highly-qualified staff who continue to work as practitioners in the industry.
- Opportunities to work with international performers, producers and directors.
- Covers all aspects of production, from rehearsal techniques to performance, research and stage management.
Taught by University Centre Weston (UCW)
Challenge yourself, strengthen your own practice, and develop a wide understanding of the performing arts industry, with this Performing Arts course. You'll work with our highly-qualified and experienced staff, along with visiting industry professionals, gaining a high level of support to enable your personal and professional development. A wide range of extra-curricular activities are offered to prepare you for the full-on schedule of a professional performer, including additional skills classes and corporate performance opportunities.
'When I came for my audition I was really impressed with the facilities and I knew it was the right course for me. The lecturers are fantastic; they are always there to help and share their knowledge with you.'
-Alex, Performing Arts (Foundation Degree) graduate
What you'll learn
This vocational course combines theory and practice, encouraging you to support your practical learning with considerable research, reflection and evaluation. You'll gain a solid understanding of the theoretical and cultural frameworks that surround the performing arts. We'll also help you critically evaluate the process of turning a stimulus into performance.
We foster the industry-specific knowledge, thinking and practical skills required of performing arts practitioners, and promote how subject-specific skills can be transferred to other employment fields. Technical classes use repetition of physical action for the training of voice and movement.
You'll select and engage with appropriate techniques to ensure that rehearsals and performances function safely, creatively and professionally. You'll develop highly effective interpersonal and social skills, and demonstrate the entrepreneurship and self-motivation required of a professional freelance career in the theatre.
You'll be introduced to the core elements of performance practice in preparation for the challenges of the working environment encountered in the second year
We encourage you to build on and apply the skills developed in year 1 to a wider work-based context. You'll become an active member of a theatre company, enabling you to experience practice in the wider professional performance environment.
How will I be assessed?
This course is assessed through solo and group performances, reflective journals, personal development planning, presentations, and essays.
How will I be taught?
This course is taught through lectures, workshops, seminars, technical classes, tutorials and rehearsals. We also host a weekly session 'Showtime' which brings together first and second year students to engage with ideas and styles, explore their potential as performers and gain feedback from their peers and tutors.
Work placements, industry links and internships
Our students have worked with clients including Fuse Performance/Street Arts, Cricot Theatre (Poland) and acclaimed performer, writer and director Steven Berkoff.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
This course is taught at University Centre Weston. You'll learn in a dedicated area of the campus which includes rehearsal and performance spaces, state-of-the-art dance studios, music studios, contextual studies classrooms and a common room. We also work closely with the Blakehay Theatre, a working theatre in the town, to provide additional rehearsal and performance space.