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FdA Theatre and Performance

Reasons to study Theatre and Performance

  • Strong industry links allowing opportunities to display your talent through collaborative work with theatres and community projects.
  • Lecturing staff have extensive industry experience, a real passion for performing arts and are active actors outside of their academic commitments.
  • Fantastic facilities including an outdoor amphitheatre, a dedicated theatre featuring professional sound and lighting equipment as well as several dance studios, music production studios and a state of the art media suite.
UCAS Code: W440
Institution Code: S51
Start/End Date: September 2018 - June 2020
September 2019 - June 2021
Duration: 2 years full-time
Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Ian Greenall
01744 623147
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For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see the course specification for 2017

For detailed information about studying this course at University Centre St Helens, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: - (2017 Entry - Coming Soon)
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University of Central Lancashire

The foundation degree in Theatre and Performance is a largely practical degree that has been designed to provide you with the skills, practical experience and knowledge with which to seek a range of possible employment opportunities within the theatre and performance industry.

The degree incorporates elements of drama, movement, and visual theatre (including video) and as you progress through the degree, the emphasis is very much on multi-disciplinary practices and the integration of new technologies into live performance. Whilst the practical assessment in the first year is largely performance based, there is the opportunity to move into a more technical or directorial role during the second year.

Through excellent links with the region's thriving theatre and performing arts industry, it provides you with a number of opportunities to showcase your talent, through collaborative work with theatres and community projects. Alongside your fellow students, lecturers and other creative organisations, you can create and work on live performances for a range of audiences. You can expect to graduate with the appropriate skills to succeed in the theatre industry and associated areas.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1

The first year is initially lecturer-led, helping you to build the foundations for the more challenging work in the second year. It will see you assessing and developing your skills and knowledge of contemporary theatre practices, including devising, performing, directing and academic skills.

Year 2

In the second year you will be involved in the creation of theatre for a number of different audiences and purposes. This will include community arts practice and the organisation and implementation of a specialist project, such as a theatrein-education tour. You will further develop your skills in contemporary theatre, with the practical and theoretical exploration of interdisciplinary practices and the use of new technologies in live performance. The degree culminates in a studentled performance event(s), which showcases your skills in a setting and style most appropriate to your chosen career path.

How will I study?

The modern and multifunctional theatre is located at the town centre campus and you will benefit from the latest learning resources, rehearsal studios and other facilities.

Learning will be through practical and performance based sessions, lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will be supported by a range of resources including library materials and IT access. An optional work placement will enable you to build upon your experience and gain links within the industry.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of the work on the degree is practical and performance based, and this forms the majority of assessment. Other assessment methods employed throughout the duration of the course includes group work and lecture and seminar work.

Who will be teaching me?

An experienced team with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of drama, theatre and performance will work with you. Lecturers are passionate about student learning and development. Outside of their academic commitments, teaching staff are also active in the arts sector across the Northwest.

Ref: Ian Greenall

Why study Performing Arts with us?

Industry Experience

Our tutors have extensive industry experience and a real passion for performing arts.

Creative Atmosphere

You’ll be taught in an energetic and creative atmosphere with support from peers and tutors.

Professional Links

We have strong links with local and national performing arts professionals and organisations.

Progression Routes

Progress onto university, drama school or into a successful career in the industry.

Live Productions

You’ll perform live productions in our indoor theatre and bespoke outdoor amphitheater.

Strong Partnerships

We work in partnership with the Heart of Glass, The Citadel Arts Centre and The Theatre Royal.