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This programme is industry-led with the focus on you becoming an ‘all-round’ performer/artist in the performing arts industry. You'll be based at Queen’s Specialist Building, Farnworth, studying and training in purpose-built, high specification performing arts studios as well as at Shockout Arts Manchester.
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The BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts offers a combination of teaching expertise, facilities, resources and industry contacts. Throughout your training, you'll explore the core techniques of acting, voice and dance, whilst developing a wide range of knowledge in devising, developing a production, audition and casting techniques. Additionally, you'll have regular performance opportunities throughout the programme to help develop a diverse range of technical performance skills. Staff include a range of industry experts, performers and lecturers, ensuring this course offers a unique and potent blend of teaching expertise, industry knowledge and professional experience.
We offer intensive practical training in dance, singing and acting techniques. Alongside this, you'll benefit from regular performance opportunities that help you develop and hone a diverse range of performance and production skills. We focus on training all-round performers and artists in both the emerging contemporary and traditional musical and theatre practices.
We aim for you to graduate with the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to excel in the performing arts and across the full spectrum of performance arenas offered by this vibrant industry.
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Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.
Our BA (Hons) Performing Arts degree can offer you a pathway into many careers in the performing arts industry such as live theatre, musical theatre, dance, TV, film and radio, as well as other related careers in the diverse artistic and entertainment industries.
Some of the key skills associated with this degree include performance skills, confidence, self-presentation, teamwork, self-awareness, communication skills, and the ability to cope with criticism. Graduates can also expect to possess the ability to work individually and collaboratively, and demonstrate creative problem-solving skills, listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills, and critical thinking skills.
This course has been designed to help you develop the abilities needed for success in the busy performing arts marketplace and to ensure you are capable of gaining employment in a variety of the industry's arenas. You’ll have the opportunity to acquire a wide range of fundamental and advanced skills in acting, ballet, jazz, tap and dance, and develop the knowledge and skills needed for a career in a variety of exciting and demanding professions in this industry.
Graduates can take advantage of opportunities in a wide range of careers relating to performance, creative producing, musical theatre, education, community, and arts administration. Opportunities exist within live theatre arts, musical theatre, TV and film, work on cruise ships and in the leisure industry, promotion and commercial events, and popular music performance.
A career in performance is often complemented with employment in teaching or devising and performing your own work. Self-employment may be another option, where you could establish your own performance-related business. Alternatively, you may choose to further your studies at postgraduate level or train to become a performing arts teacher in the education sector.
As a graduate, you’ll possess skills and expertise that span the production arena so you can take advantage of a diverse range of opportunities such as performer, choreographer, director, dance captain, swing roles, art production, and theatre and artist management. You could also take advantage of opportunities in areas such as creative producing, education, community performance, and curatorial and arts administration.
Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:
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Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.
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We use a variety of teaching and learning strategies throughout the programme to develop appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills and help you achieve the intended learning outcomes. We take a blended learning approach that includes practical sessions, lectures and workshops as well as online support via the University’s virtual learning environment, Moodle. The practical sessions take place within our purpose-built educational facility at the Queen’s Building in Farnworth, which offers professional industry-standard practice studio and performance spaces. These sessions are designed to teach each of the core performance techniques as well as specialist areas within acting, dance and musical theatre.
In addition, you’ll be expected to spend time on guided independent study; for example, rehearsing and practising for your dance, singing and acting core techniques, as well as engaging in general background reading, preparing for seminar activities, working on assignments. The development of employability and information literacy skills and personal development planning (PDP) is also explored.
You'll be expected to attend practical sessions, workshops, traditional lectures, seminars and tutorials. You may also have opportunities to work on live projects as part of your practical modules. Through these, you can gain unique insights and a thorough understanding of the performing arts industry operating in international markets and across many sectors.
Some of the key assessment forms for this programme are in-studio technical assessments, practical skills assessments, showcase performances, practical project reports, portfolios, oral presentations, written coursework and a major research project. You’ll receive feedback on your assessments so that you’ll know what you have done well and where you can improve.
The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.
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|Level two||Coursework 35%, Practical exams 65%|
|Level three||Coursework 50%, Practical exams 50%|
|Level one||Guided independent study 32%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 68%|
|Level two||Guided independent study 32%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 68%|
|Level three||Guided independent study 47%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 53%|
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.
The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.
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