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Hear from current student Rees Matthews on what it’s like to be part of our BA (Hons) Performing Arts course here at HCA.

“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. To begin I was set on being a Motion Capture performer, but wasn’t necessarily aware of what this would fully involve – I now have a clear sense of direction of what I need to continue to develop as I complete this course. 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) Performing Arts Student

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.

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.

Our Performing Arts 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.

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.

Who We Work With:
Hay Festival  |  The Courtyard  |  Birmingham REP  |  Bad Wolf StudiosOpen Sky Theatre Company 

Career Options:

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

“The course is creatively challenging, but fun. It gives me creative freedom. I like having independence, but still being guided.” – Bethan Walters, BA (Hons) Performing Arts Student


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.

  • 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.

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)

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

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.

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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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