BA (Hons) Performing Arts

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.

Key information


BA (Hons)

Mode of Study:



3 years


The University of Bolton

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Course Details

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.

  • You’ll have regular classes with professional artists from the performing arts and dance industries, such as professional actors and dancers, directors, producers and choreographers.
  • You can gain additional insights and knowledge of the performing arts industry by attending our ‘master class’ sessions and guest workshops given by renowned industry experts from the performing arts industry, including musical theatre, TV and film.
  • We aim to immerse you in the current performing arts, TV, film and live theatre/performance arenas so you can understand and prepare for the constant changes and innovations of the industry.
  • You'll be based at the Queen’s Specialist Building in Farnworth studying and training in purpose-built, high-specification performing arts studios.
Key Features
  • We’ll focus on helping you gain a wide range of relevant knowledge and skills such as singing techniques, voice and speech, movement, and acting techniques for actors, storytelling, improvisation, as well as jazz, ballet, tap and commercial dance techniques.
  • We’ll guide you as you explore theatre so you gain experience of the history, traditions, practitioners and innovators that form the foundations of contemporary and future performing arts.
  • You’ll have the chance to learn specialist techniques for performance, rehearsal and audition scenarios.
  • To ensure you’re prepared for the practicalities of paperwork and self-promotion that are required of professional performing artists, we’ll support you to learn how to perfect your CV and job applications, deal with agencies, tackle the tax and self-assessment system, create showreels and develop your online/social media presence.
  • We’ll encourage you to develop essential transferable skills and attributes such as effective communication, creative problem solving, working collaboratively with other people, resilience, adaptability, self-awareness and confidence.
Professional recognition

  • 104 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3, but subjects that include performing arts, drama, singing and dance are preferred. Practical experience of performance is highly valued.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English.
  • In addition, you’ll be required to attend an audition as part of the application process. The quality of the audition is the primary basis on which applicants are selected. The audition process consists of a dance class, a monologue and song of your own choice and an interview.
  • Depending on your prior qualifications and experience, you may also be asked to undertake a diagnostic assessment.
  • You’ll also be required to submit a satisfactory medical report.
  • Throughout the course, you’ll need to wear suitable performing arts and dance attire (a list of items will be provided). You may well have many of these items, but for an estimate of the cost if you need to buy them new, please see Additional Costs in the Fees and Funding section.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

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.

What can I do with this qualification?

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.

Alternative career options

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:

  • Teaching and education
  • Community arts
  • Modelling
  • Journalism and writing
  • Dance, theatre, film or TV critic
  • Dance or drama therapy
  • Arts administration
  • Agent work
  • Casting
  • Marketing and PR

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25
International Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.


Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

If you already have a UCAS application for September

If you have an application for September with UCAS and are applying through Clearing please ensure you have received a verbal offer from the University by calling 01204 903030.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211

If you have not yet applied through UCAS

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

  • Apply online: University of Bolton BA (Hons) Performing Arts-20 September 2021 (Intake not currently accepting international applications)

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
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The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!

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.

  • Performing Arts Technique 1
  • Dance Technique 1
  • Performance Showcase 1
  • Histories and Contexts 1
  • Performing Arts Techniques 2
  • Dance Technique 2
  • Performance Showcase 2
  • Histories and Contexts 2
  • Professional Practice and Agency Showcase
  • Professional Performance
  • Actor Performer
  • Musical Theatre Performer
  • Major Project
  • Dissertation
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 37%, Practical exams 63%
Level twoCoursework 35%, Practical exams 65%
Level threeCoursework 50%, Practical exams 50%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 32%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 68%
Level twoGuided independent study 32%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 68%
Level threeGuided 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.

Programme Contacts

Lindsey Brocklebank
Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor

+44 (0)1204 903288

Nicole Ferris
Course Coordinator (Shockout Arts)

+44 (0)161 833 9937

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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Postgraduate Options

PGCE M Post Graduate Certificate in Education 14+ (Art, Creative Practice and Performance)

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