Course Overview

This new course welcomed its first year of students in October 2016.  It builds on our reputation for delivering performing arts at pre-degree level for over 25 years. It is designed to give students the opportunity to explore, examine and contextualise contemporary and collaborative performance making, whilst creating and developing performance work and practice. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on individual skills development across acting, movement, voice, writing, directing and choreography. In addition, students will explore a whole range of other skills needed in today’s fast changing creative environment, such as film editing skills, music making and website design to name but a few.

At the heart of the course students will be encouraged to expand their artistic horizons and discover innovative performance practice and platforms, as well as develop entrepreneurial skills to take successful ownership of their future.

Links with the creative industries are fully integrated into the course, via bespoke work placements, visiting professionals, practitioners and public performance opportunities in a range of established professional venues, such as the Courtyard Centre for the Arts, as well as alternative and innovative spaces


What you will experience

  • Work placement opportunities.
  • Collaboration with professionals from the Performing Arts industry as well as collaborative opportunities with art, photography, film and music students to produce highly creative and original bodies of work.
  • Focus on emerging contemporary practices, using innovative spaces and technologies for diverse audiences.
  • The course is aimed at individuals who are interested in both shaping the future of performing arts and being part of one of the UK’s fastest growing industries.


Careers and Progression

On graduation students will be equipped with the diverse and valued skills necessary to secure employment in the performing arts industries. Students gain the collaborative and entrepreneurial skills required to forge a career as a ‘sole trader’ (such as a performer or writer) or to set up their own company. Others may choose to explore broader opportunities in the creative arts sector, such as arts management, community arts, teaching and residencies and/or undertake postgraduate study.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • 80 UCAS Points New UCAS Tariff system for 2017 (equates to 200 UCAS points previous tariff) For more details on the new tariff system please visit
  • Successful portfolio interview
  • Mature Students with related experience
  • Applicants whose first language is not English - proof of IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all sections (reading, writing, listening & speaking)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning Opportunities - The college welcomes applications from students with prior learning and/or previous experience.  Further details on eligibility can be found on page 15 of our Admissions Policy.  Alternatively, please contact us at and we can advise you on the college’s and the University Awarding body requirements