FdA Theatre and Performance (Full-time) - 2019 Entry

Reasons to study Theatre and Performance

  • Strong industry links allow students to display their talents 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, props room and music production studios.
UCAS Code: W440
Institution Code: S51
Start/End Date: September 2019 - May 2021
Duration: 2 years, full-time
Campus: St Helens Town Centre Campus
2019 Tuition Fee: £7,750
Entry Requirements: 96 UCAS Tariff points
Course Contact: Ian Greenall
Telephone: 01744 623147
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Validated By: University of Central Lancashire

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

The degree incorporates elements of drama, movement, and visual theatre, with a strong emphasis 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 opportunity to move into a more technical or directorial role during the second year.

Excellent links with the region's thriving performance industry, 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 a wide range of roles within theatre and associated industries.

Course in-depth - Year 1

The first year is initially lecturer-led, helping you to build the foundations for your second year work. It will see you assessing and developing your skills and knowledge of contemporary theatre practices, including devising, performing, directing and academic skills. Using the Study Enhancement Gift you will go on a study related trip enhancing your knowledge and allowing you to put your theory into practice as you explore the history of theatre and performance.


TH1101 Devising and Performing (40 credits)

For this devising and performing module you will participate in a series of practical workshops leading to three performance projects. The work will explore contemporary practitioners and current performance practice, different methodologies for devising work, alternative methods for presenting work, and performance skills.

TH1102 Performance Techniques (20 credits)

Performance techniques will allow you to develop your performance skills through the exploration of major styles and the craft of performance. Research, both practical and theoretical, into various performance styles and practitioners will be used to inform your own performance skills.

TH1104 Theatre Directing (20 credits)

Theatre directing module is divided into three sections: text analysis, staging and composition and production techniques.

Text Analysis

This concentrates on the dramatic form. A series of plays and directors are analysed; you are introduced to practitioners such as Meyerhold, Grotowski, Littlewood, Brook and Artaud.

Staging and Composition

Focuses on stage configurations and design. Each director works on a suitable performance piece and begins to translate their ideas about the piece into stage action. Methods of working with the actor in the rehearsal process are also discussed here.

Production Techniques

Concentrates on the actual mounting of a suitable performance piece. Each director is responsible for negotiating the piece with their tutor, doing preproduction research and analysis, auditioning and casting the piece from a pool of college actors, and guiding the production through the rehearsal process.

RP1101 Contextual Studies (20 credits)

Contextual studies will examine theatre and performance during the 20th Century, pre 1969. A series of lectures will trace the development of theatre and performance during this period and provide the cultural, socio-economic and historical perspective of theatrical activity.

During semester 1 you will explore a range of key 20th Century movements and how they relate to performance. The module will start with a general introduction to Modernism before moving into individual art movements such as Futurism, Bauhaus, Dada and Surrealism, as well as Happenings and the beginnings of Performance Art. In small groups you will create a 10 minute performance which reflects your understanding of one of these movements.

In semester 2 the focus will be on the work of key theatre/dance practitioners of the period placing their work within a social context.

RP1102 Personal, Academic and Professional Practice (20 credits)

Personal, academic and professional practice will focus on enabling you to become more effective learners. A range of study and key transferable skills will be explored through individual and group activities. The delivered curriculum will be further supported by access to online web-based material and information/guidance and activities. Tutorial activity will support the development and maintenance of the students Personal Development Plan and related progress file.

The module will also cover 'cultural entrepreneurship' exploring what cultural entrepreneurship is and how cultural entrepreneurs work. Here you will learn how to start up a theatre or performance based business, taking into consideration: finance, marketing and the nature of the industry.

Ref: Ian Greenall

Places still available for September 2019

Heart of Glass

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.

Unique Collaboration

Level 3 Extended Diploma is designed in collaboration with University of Arts London!

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.