Undergraduate study
Performing Arts

FdA Performing Arts

UCAS code: W492 FdA/PA

Performing artists are creative practitioners who engage with audiences through the media of drama, music, dance and art. If you are looking to build a career in performing arts and the wider industry, look no further. Taught in our brand-new, purpose-built facilities, you work with industry professionals from across the arts and entertainment world.

Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 2 years

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2016 entry

2017 entry

Part-time

  • 4 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 865400

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You explore the use of technologies in performance and develop your individual performance skills in a range of contexts. If you have the talent and enthusiasm, we’ll give you the professional training to make your way in the competitive performing arts industry.

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Stockton Riverside College (campus code 3, call 01642 865400).

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Modules

Year 1 core modules

Contextual Studies

Covering the period from the late 17th century to the present day you look at how the evolution of culture through industrialisation, technological change, social movement and political transformation has informed the changing face of fashion and textiles. You examine key changes, movements and issues that have changed the landscape of fashion, textiles and the fashion retail environment.

Creating, Devising, Developing

Performance Practice 1 - Dance

You will be introduced to a wide variety of Dance styles and genres ranging from Jazz to Contemporary as you work in large and small ensembles with opportunities for solo work for those who wish to undertake it.

Those of you who may be new to Dance should have no fears as the module is carefully structured and delivered in a safe and supportive environment, and the experienced dancers will find real opportunities to display and build upon existing skills.

Performance Practice 1 - Drama

Drama underpins all good performance and in this module you will develop the skills which will enable you to become a thinking actor, aware of the space in which you work and your relationships with other actors within an ensemble whilst developing yourself as a performer. Opportunities for live performance are consistently embedded in this module.

Performance Practice 1 - Music

A host of performance opportunities lie at the heart of this module through regular ‘Gig’ nights at local venues which are additional to more traditional ‘in-house’ shows. Additionally the module develops musical literacy and appreciation and encourages both ensemble and solo performance.

Work-related Experience 1

This module is focused on preparing you to enter the Performing Arts profession either as a performer, an administrator, a technician or an educator. You will use industry-standard theatre lighting and sound equipment and work with practitioners who have a sound knowledge of the profession.

Live performance ranging from Theatre-in-Education tours to main-stage productions lies at the heart of the module as does a week-long Residential experience in London to highlight those standards you must try to achieve.

 

Year 2 core modules

Contemporary Specialist Practice

The natural successor to Contextual Studies, Contemporary Specialist Practice takes a close look at the Performing Arts in the 2oth Century. You have the opportunity to study a particular artist or genre in depth and present the outcomes of your studies via performance and presentation to your peers.

Creating, Devising and Developing Theatre

An entirely practical and reflective module which will equip you with the tools to create and develop new and exciting work both for yourself and for others.
Knowledge and skills acquired are reflected in presentations of your own work and of groups you will lead in the Performance and Events in the Community module.

Performance and Events in the Community

Two very different presentations are the result of your studies in this Module. A Professional Proposal bidding for funds to enable an individual Community Arts project of your own making closely reflects the experience you may have in the world of work. You will also spend some time in local schools as Facilitators enabling children to create and devise their own Performances which are then produced in the college theatre.

Work-related Experience II

Building upon work undertaken in Work Related Experience 1 this module is again focused on preparing you to enter the Performing Arts profession either as a performer, an administrator, a technician or an educator. You will use industry-standard theatre lighting and sound equipment and work with practitioners who have a sound knowledge of the profession.

Additionally there is an increased focus on entrepreneurial skills in order to enable you to initiate projects of your own in the world of work and to manage yourself and others within the industry.

Live performance ranging from Theatre-in-Education tours to main-stage productions lies at the heart of the module as does a week-long Residential experience in London to highlight those standards you must try to achieve.

 

Option modules

Performance Practice II - Dance

Dance is an optional module in second year and is generally pursued by students with a level of technical expertise and competence in the subject. Stylised and focused individual and ensemble work can be practised to a high standard and there are many opportunities for performance throughout the year.

Performance Practice II - Drama

As Drama is an optional module in second year you can expect to flourish alongside like-minded students. You will, through preparation and performance, develop and polish your skills as an actor working on both classical and contemporary material.

Performance Practice II - Music

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You study performing arts in a range of ways – lectures, seminars and tutorials (individual and group) but mainly through practice and work-related learning. Progress tutorials help you to discover and develop your personal aptitude.

How you are assessed

You are assessed in a variety of ways. Performances might be drawn from existing material or from material you devise, and you also write essays and reports and construct portfolios of evidence.

Career opportunities

Graduates will expect to work in the arts and entertainment industries, education and the media. Successful completion of this course guarantees entry on to a progression route at honours degree level.

Entry requirements

September 2017 entry

You can find these at the top right of the course page – click on More full-time details

September 2016 entry

A typical offer is 120 tariff points. The entry criteria are based on your ability to succeed, and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including:

  • a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ 3, BTEC National award, A level)
  • appropriate training through work.

You also need to do a satisfactory audition.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 2 years

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2016 entry

2017 entry

Part-time

  • 4 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 865400

Contact details

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