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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 1 year
Code HO08
Attendance Part-time
Duration 2 years
Code HO08
Awarding Body University of Bolton
Level BA (Hons)
Start Date 13/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

This Level 6 Top-up programme is designed to allow both students from a prior approved qualification and applicants with relevant experience to progress to an honours level degree

The programme is delivered by experienced practicing Performing Arts professionals and academics who have a wide range of skills and relevant industry experience in TV, Film and Theatre. For example, working with ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Sky, The Bolton Octagon, The Royal Exchange in Manchester and The Lawrence Batley in Huddersfield.

The programme builds on your previous learning and experience, giving you the opportunity to produce work of a professional standard within your Performing Arts specialism.

The programme prepares you for the reality of a challenging and competitive industry. It gives you a range of experiences and roles to fully prepare you for a portfolio career in the Performing Arts, such as writing, accounting, directing, producing and promotion.

The programme provides the opportunity to work collaboratively across different disciplines, creating a professional and vocational experience. For example, this could include music students, as part of a Musical and Film, Media and Media Make-up students on film projects.

Students in their final year will perform in a ‘Showcase’ which they plan and organise and invite industry professionals. This potentially gives students the opportunity to meet and perform in front of agents and casting directors as well as other industry contacts, possibly in an external venue.

The programme offers a range of opportunities to enhance your learning. For example, overseas trips, visiting guest lecturers, live performance opportunities and professional commissions.

*PLEASE NOTE – THIS PROGRAMME IS SUBJECT TO VALIDATION

What you'll study

Semester 1:

  • Advanced Creative Practice
  • Individual Case Study
  • Freelance Working and Self Employment in the Creative Industries

Semester 2: Independent Project 

Year 1

Semester 1: Advanced Creative Practice

Semester 2:  Individual Case Study

Year 2

Semester 1: Freelance Working and Self Employment in the Creative Industries

Semester 2: Independent Project

  • Semester 1:

    • Advanced Creative Practice
    • Individual Case Study
    • Freelance Working and Self Employment in the Creative Industries

    Semester 2: Independent Project 

  • Year 1

    Semester 1: Advanced Creative Practice

    Semester 2:  Individual Case Study

    Year 2

    Semester 1: Freelance Working and Self Employment in the Creative Industries

    Semester 2: Independent Project

Assessment

Assessment has many forms, including assessment of a performance, vlog, blog, essay, presentation, viva voce or portfolio. Across the programme a range of assessment formats will be used, reflecting the nature of the module (theory or practical) and to account for different learning styles.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points
80

Typically an FdA qualification in Performing Arts or a related discipline or 120 credits at NQF Level 4/5 or equivalent.

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Work experience

Bradford College is the only FE/ HE college to be a Lead Associate School for the Royal Shakespeare Company, offering opportunities to work and train with the RSC.

Students will be given the opportunity to participate in projects with the Performing Arts Graduate Theatre Company, offering a bridge into the industry.

Next steps

The course will develop skills, knowledge and experience of performance in order to become a successful practitioner within the performing arts industry and other related fields. It will enhance employability within the creative industries by promoting a collaborative approach to teaching and learning across different disciplines. As well as enabling further study at post-graduate level. The course will enable students to develop and embed critical and theoretical approaches to a range of media and sources of information and to make a contribution to the performing arts industry through developing the relevant skills and understanding of the professional standards. Ultimately the course will enable students to become a capable and well-rounded Performance graduate who will make a contribution to the labour market needs of the local, regional, national and global economies having developed appropriate knowledge and skills covering a broad range of specialist skills On successful completion of the BA Top Up, students who want to continue in education could progress on to our (proposed) MA, again either within the college or at an alternative provider. There are several institutions that offer top up degrees in the subject area. Below are some examples of job roles the qualifications could lead to. Performing Arts; TV and Film Actor, Voice Over Artist, Musical Theatre Performer, Theatre Practitioner, Writer, Director, Theatre Producer, Stand-up Comedian, TV Presenter, Radio DJ, Content Creator, Supporting Artist, 3rd Assistant Director Education: Workshop Leader, Facilitator, Creative Education Content Creator, Theatre Outreach Officer. Other: Theatre Marketing Assistant, Programmer, Booking Coordinator, Production Manager, Creative Engagement Officer, Box Office Manager.

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Tuition fees

Full-time:

  • £8,750 per year

Part-time:

  • 20 credits: £875
  • 60 credits: £2,625
  • 80 credits: £3,500

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