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BA (Hons) Performance

This degree is awarded by Teesside University

The BA (Hons) Performance is a higher education programme that has been specially devised for those individuals who wish to pursue a career in the performing arts. The degree provides students with opportunities to develop professional skills and knowledge of acting or dance necessary for success in the performing arts industry or related vocations such as teaching, technical theatre, arts administration and community events management etc. During the programme students will have opportunities to work with visiting practitioners/ performers all of whom are specialists in their respective fields of drama and/or dance and are working nationally and internationally in the performing arts industry. The degree further allows you to learn how to apply your knowledge in a variety of settings working with a wide variety of community groups including schools, youth groups, people with mental health issues, care homes, and organisations such as the YMCA, Age Concern and Action for Young Carers.

Many of our tutors have significant industry experience and understand what industry requires of you. At all stages of the programme the training you will receive seeks to develop the performer's body and voice as tools for strong and effective communication. You will practice what you learn establishing as close a relationship as possible between theoretical and practical study. You will acquire a sound knowledge of academic theory and a wide variety of leadership skills including the organisation, running and evaluation of workshops. This degree offers opportunities to gain practical experience in working collaboratively in groups and, planning individual projects in readiness for working in the field.

The degree provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required of actors and dancers. Students will be based at Westward Ho campus and 'Space' at the Western Campus the former having a purpose-built dance studio, a fully equipped proscenium arch theatre with professional state of the art lighting and sound equipment and rehearsal rooms. We aim to attract committed learners to this programme which is characterised by a unique mix of academic and vocational study.
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Duration of Course:

3 Years

Entry requirements:

You will need a minimum of 200 UCAS points or hold a relevant Access Certificate / Diploma with appropriate units
In line with the widening participation brief, the Institute encourages applications from students who lack formal academic qualifications. All such applicants will be set an appropriate piece of work and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience. Performance students will be asked to attend an audition. Production students will be asked to bring in a portfolio of recording work.

All applicants irrespective of entry qualification(s) will be formally interviewed.

International Students also require an IELTS score of 5.5 in all areas or a B2 equivalent English Language qualification

What you will learn:

Level 4:
Production Processes
Performance Realisation

Action Route:
Acting in Performance
Script Analysis
Acting Technique 1
Acting Technique 2

Dance Route:
Dance in Performance
Dance Analysis
Dance Technique 1
Dance Technique 2

Level 5:
Contemporary Performance
The Theatre Company
The Body in Performance

Acting Route:
The Script in Performance

Dance Route:
Prescribed Dance

Level 6:
Arts in the Community
Professional Development
Practical Projects
Challenging Audiences

Learners will be required to provide their own specialist clothing, footwear and stationery. Specialist books will be needed due to the academic nature of the course and learners will be expected to purchase appropriate books. Miscellaneous expenses will also be expected to be met, for example audio CDs, accessories and some items for costumes.

How is the course assessed:

Whilst on this programme students will be assessed using a variety of methods: practical based assignments, essays/reports, workbooks/journals, individual and group presentations, critiques, presentations, performances and written analysis together with a final project/dissertation. All assessment methods are designed to incorporate key skills which are transferable to the workplace.

Employment information:

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in as an actor, dancer, director, choreographer, teacher, arts marketing or programming manager, writer, critic or technician. In many cases, students might go in to self employment upon completion of the course and set up a theatre company catering to a specific area, such as education, drama therapy or reminiscence.


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Equal Opportunities

The Grimsby Instutute Group guarantees that it will deal fairly and effectively with all students, staff and visitors and offer equality of opportunity on the basis of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

Students have the right to expect that this will apply to them without prejudice or discrimination and that they also have the obligation to deal fairly and effectively with other students and staff regardless of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

The Grimsby Institute Group will endeavour to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and additional duties, which requires public bodies to make every effort to support persons with disability.

Course was last updated on 5/11/2013