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Join our innovative course and become an independent, creative force in this exciting industry.

BA (Hons) Performing Arts at HCA reflects the demands of a dynamic, fast-growing performing arts industry. Here, you will gain the broad and complex skill-set you need to stand out and create your own space in this field. We will guide you on your journey towards becoming a successful practitioner with the ability to proactively generate and co-develop your own work.

You will benefit from a course which has collaborative performance-making at its heart and two bespoke work placements. In our distinctive art school environment, you can expand your artistic horizons and shape the future of performing arts.

This Key Information document gives you a summary of the core characteristics of the BA (Hons) Performing Arts degree at HCA.

This course will allow you to discover what performance is and how you create it. You will be supported to freely explore and to develop a comprehensive repertoire of skills, such as: acting, movement, aerial circus, voice, writing, directing, choreography, puppetry, and mask.

Working in small groups, you will benefit from high levels of individual attention from tutors. Throughout the course, you will learn the practical skills you need to become a successful entrepreneur in the creative arts. These skills include: film editing, music making, website design, and business planning.

You will create several performances a year, collaborating with professional directors or art, music and film students. Your performances will be staged in a range of venues – from professional theatres, to festivals, and innovative performance spaces. Alongside this rich portfolio of work, you will also learn important marketing strategies to promote your own practice.

Studying Performing Arts at Hereford offers the space, contact time and opportunities needed to establish a strong creative practice.

  • Small group sizes and individual attention from tutors.
  • Exciting collaborations within a dynamic arts school community.
  • Focus on innovative and emerging contemporary art practices.
  • Work with professional directors.
  • Bespoke work placements.
  • Workshops led by professional companies such as The RSC and Frantic Assembly.
  • Student work showcased at professional theatres and festivals.
  • Two night expense-paid* trip to London for the cutting-edge Mime Festival.

*Travel, accommodation, and festival tickets included

Students on this course benefit from two bespoke work experiences – one in your first year and one in your second year. You will gain valuable industry insights on projects with external directors and choreographers.  We make sure our students get off to a flying start by supporting you to the run your own performing arts company, starting from your first year at HCA. On this course you will have many public performance opportunities across a range of established professional venues, including: The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hay Festival and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

You will also write a business plan and learn how to set yourself up as a self-employed practitioner.

HCA Performing Arts students also have access to technical support and superb performance-oriented spaces and studios. Facilities include:

  • A fully-equipped theatre space
  • A sprung floor dance studio
  • Recording studios
  • Photographic studios
  • Textile workshops
  • Professional IT studios including PCs and Macs complete with photography and film-making and editing software.

All our workshops are overseen by technical demonstrators who, like our lecturers and course leaders, are all accomplished practitioners themselves. You can rest assured that you will find both freedom and expert guidance to realise your creative visions.  

As a HCA Performing Arts graduate you will be ready to take control of your own career as an innovative self-sustaining performer and theatre-maker. Or you can explore broader opportunities  in the creative arts such as: arts management or teaching. You will also be well set up to transfer your creative and collaborative skills to other areas of employment or postgraduate study.

  • Minimum age 18.
  • Successful audition and interview.
  • Academic achievement – we would normally expect applicants to have achieved 80 UCAS Tariff Points at entry but, whilst qualifications are important, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We may make offers based on other evidence of talent and suitability for the course.
  • 80 UCAS Points on the New UCAS Tariff system for 2017 equates to 200 UCAS points on the previous points system – for more details please see tariff explanation and advice on the UCAS website.
  • 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) is required.
  • Applications from mature students with relevant experience will also be considered.
  • 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 offer further advice on HCA and the UWTSD awarding body requirements.

Develop the right skills to make an impact

you'll learn how to proactively generate and co-develop work

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"The performing arts landscape has changed enormously over the last few years. It's really important that students develop a wide range of skills. The way this course is structured, students are getting this really rich suitcase of tools to go out into the real world."
Clare Coache, Artistic Director of Open Sky

"THANK YOU! We had such a wonderful time at Hay and were so happy with your wonderful rendition of The Little Black Fish! At a time where self-determination and courage is so important, self-determination and courage is so important, we felt it was such a fitting and timely performance."
Sophie Hallam, from Tiny Owl Children's Book Publisher

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