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b3 yrs full-time
££9,000 p.a.
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Your big dream is to one day make a living, doing what you enjoy most – be a performer, actor, theatre-maker, director, writer for stage or screen. But what’s more you want to create work that has an impact on others – you want to create work that is meaningful, that inspires and influences others. You want to feel like you make a difference in other people’s lives through the work that you do.

Choosing a place to study Performing Arts is no easy task, especially because you are so passionate about it. You feel unsure about where you will fit in, whether your creative ideas will be heard and whether your individuality will be noticed.

Our degree course has been designed specifically with people like you in mind – you are passionate about the Performing Arts, you want to contribute to the industry creatively and innovatively and you want to make a difference and create meaningful work, whilst also earning an income doing what you love.

Our course ensures that every one of our students is seen and valued for the individual that you are. We listen to your career aspirations and we adapt the creative assignments throughout the course to fit and suit your needs and aspirations wherever possible, whilst ensuring you also practically develop a full-range of skills and have contact with professionals who are working and being successful in the Industry right now.


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More about the course

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

Your experience with us will be one of being mentored to become the creative professional you want to be. Part of this process will be the opportunity to undertake two bespoke work placements as well as work in multiple collaborations across other disciplines and with external industry professionals. You will work on live and recorded performances in theatre venues, ‘found’ venues, and festivals. You will create films, audio dramas, animations, as well as immersive and multi-media events.

You will get to create, devise, develop, perform, as well as collaborate with students from other courses across the Art College – an ideal opportunity to meet and network with potential future collaborators.

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.

Find out more about our new, purpose-built student accommodation in the heart of the City. The accommodation is located next to Hereford Railway Station and is mid-way between the two teaching campuses (College Road & Folly Lane)

HCA is an independent arts school surrounded by people who are passionate about the arts, media and performance. Find out more about why you should choose HCA.

Your Creative Career

  • Performance Maker
  • Theatre/Film/Radio
  • Director
  • Writer
  • Solo Artist
  • Actor
  • Dancer 
  • Theatre Practitioner
  • Choreographer 
  • Art Entrepreneur

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BA (Hons) Performing Arts

On the Sofa with Course Leader Gillian Hipp and student Bethan Walters


BA (Hons) Performing Arts


Interview with BA (Hons) Performing Arts student Molly Glover


Introduction to the Performing Arts degree at HCA


Why Choose HCA

Rees Matthews (L5)

A massive learning experience for me as a performer. The three years have shown me what I actually want to do, rather than just what I originally thought. I am naturally a hard worker, but this course has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and make contacts with people in the Industry independently. I know exactly what I need to do to reach my dream job in the Industry.

Rees Matthews

BA (Hons) top-up Performing Arts 2

This course opens up and shows you how much more you can actually do with performing arts – that’s why I have enjoyed it so much.

Andrew sims

Claire Coache

Artistic Director of Open Sky.

The performing arts landscape has changed enormously over the last few years. It’s really important that students edevelop a wide range of skills. The way this course is structured, students are getting this really rich suitcase of tools to go out and into the real world.

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What you will study

This is the start of your journey as a self-sustaining performance practitioner, armed with the performance skills and business know-how to survive and succeed in an incredibly rewarding but competitive industry. You will develop the technical skills of voice, movement and acting with a variety of public performance opportunities at local and regional theatres and venues. You will create a variety of collaborative projects, sometimes as part of commissions from external agencies and employers. Alongside these practical skills, you will explore different approaches to performance as well as a selection of modern and contemporary practitioners.  Crucially, you will explore fundamental business models, arts funding and develop business skills. These will be developed through bespoke work placements and/or the setting up of small businesses under the Young Enterprise model.

You will continue to explore and develop practical performance skills and create work for public performance, including commissions from employers and external agencies in a variety of venues. In your second year the focus will be much more on cross disciplinary collaboration. Your performance and creative skills will  be underpinned by more in-depth critical approaches to performance theory and practices as well as an awareness of the impact of new and emerging technologies, audiences and performance spaces. This will be enhanced by the study and exploration of contemporary practice, practitioners and companies that have successfully negotiated these new technologies, approaches and audiences. You will be also be challenged to develop a product/service and select a business model suitable to turn the product/service into a sustainable enterprise.

In your final year you will continue to develop and finesse your own creative and business identity through in-depth and focused theoretical and practical exploration which will feed into your Solo Practice and Extended Research Project(which may be a practical research project). In tandem with the forging of this solo identity, you will work on a major collaborative project for public viewing. By the end of your final year, you should be able to enter the profession through the skills, knowledge and networks you have accumulated over the three years or go on to further study.

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