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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 2 years
Code W474
Attendance Part-time
Duration 4 years
Code HOAB5002B
Awarding Body University of Bolton
Level FdA
Start Date 13/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

Talk to the tutor before you apply, email information@bradfordcollege.ac.uk to book a 1-2-1 call.

This highly practical and vocational course aims to get students “industry ready”. Designed and taught by industry insiders the programme combines high quality performance training with practice-based learning that will enable graduates to develop the skills and understanding needed to forge a successful career in the Performing Arts.

The course tutors (Jane Rice-Bowen and Thomas Aldersley) respond to the latest industry trends and make sure that all of the teaching is up to date and relevant. From self-taping to self-promotion, workshop leading to work experience, the FdA in Performing Arts will immerse you in the industry by providing opportunities to learn from and work with local, regional and national arts organisations.

Our process enables and empowers students to generate their own work and build confidence in their ability to tell their own stories in a range of media, both live and recorded.

To support the creative process, we ensure that everyone understands the practical aspects of producing work and is empowered to make their artistic visions into an exciting reality.

Click here to listen to course tutors, Jane Rice-Bowan and Thomas Aldersley, talking to BBC Radio Bradford about the FdA Performing arts course (from 1h 18mins in).

What you'll study

Each year consists of five modules which result in two performances, one each semester as well as developing vital skills such as camera acting technique, writing and producing content, how to fund productions etc.

Year 1;

  • Creative Industries Context
  • Teaching in the Creative Arts
  • Specialist Skill 1 (Acting)
  • Performance Project 1
  • Media Performance.

Example of Year 1 work for Performance Project 1:

  • Creative Industries Professional Practice and Entrepreneurship
  • Work-based Experience
  • Content Creation
  • Performance Project 2
  • Specialist Skill 2 (Acting)

Example of Year 2 work for Content Creation;

The course encourages your learning through participation in a wide variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, rehearsals, blogs and journals, group discussion, collaborative learning and peer assessment.

The course is vocational and as a result practical work will be intensive.

However, there is also a need to prepare for these classes with research, text analysis, practice and preparation for rehearsal.

This will be done both in theory classes and by students in their own time in-between sessions.

Much of the learning in class is supported by considerable research, reflection and evaluation away from class.

The course requires considerable stamina and continued application.

The Work-Based experience unit will see you work with an external employer or with our graduate production company to produce a commission.

This gives students a vital grounding in the reality of working in the performing arts industry.

There will be a work placement (40 hours minimum) and this could be over a number of weeks, as part of day release, or in a block.

Examples of placement opportunities include a runner on a TV set, an actor with the Graduate Company, an assistant director with at a theatre or a writer with a production company.

As part of the Teaching in the Creative Arts module you will be required to undertake some teaching practice.

The minimum requirement is 30 hours and this could be over a number of weeks, partial day release or in a block.

The course emphasises the synthesis between theory and practice, therefore private study (research, reading, essay writing, etc.) is critical to your learning.

However there is also practical work, some of which will be tutor led and some of which will be undertaken in your own time.

Students are trained for diverse and complex portfolio careers and throughout the course are exposed to all facets of the industry. On graduating students will be skilled in:

  • Performance in a theatrical setting
  • Acting for camera and microphone
  • Creating their own content for live and recorded performance
  • Self-Promotion
  • Research

Students will be encouraged to get involved with our new Graduate Company which provides a bridge between training and employment in the wider industry.

  • Each year consists of five modules which result in two performances, one each semester as well as developing vital skills such as camera acting technique, writing and producing content, how to fund productions etc.

    Year 1;

    • Creative Industries Context
    • Teaching in the Creative Arts
    • Specialist Skill 1 (Acting)
    • Performance Project 1
    • Media Performance.

    Example of Year 1 work for Performance Project 1:

    • Creative Industries Professional Practice and Entrepreneurship
    • Work-based Experience
    • Content Creation
    • Performance Project 2
    • Specialist Skill 2 (Acting)

    Example of Year 2 work for Content Creation;

  • The course encourages your learning through participation in a wide variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, rehearsals, blogs and journals, group discussion, collaborative learning and peer assessment.

    The course is vocational and as a result practical work will be intensive.

    However, there is also a need to prepare for these classes with research, text analysis, practice and preparation for rehearsal.

    This will be done both in theory classes and by students in their own time in-between sessions.

    Much of the learning in class is supported by considerable research, reflection and evaluation away from class.

    The course requires considerable stamina and continued application.

    The Work-Based experience unit will see you work with an external employer or with our graduate production company to produce a commission.

    This gives students a vital grounding in the reality of working in the performing arts industry.

    There will be a work placement (40 hours minimum) and this could be over a number of weeks, as part of day release, or in a block.

    Examples of placement opportunities include a runner on a TV set, an actor with the Graduate Company, an assistant director with at a theatre or a writer with a production company.

    As part of the Teaching in the Creative Arts module you will be required to undertake some teaching practice.

    The minimum requirement is 30 hours and this could be over a number of weeks, partial day release or in a block.

    The course emphasises the synthesis between theory and practice, therefore private study (research, reading, essay writing, etc.) is critical to your learning.

    However there is also practical work, some of which will be tutor led and some of which will be undertaken in your own time.

  • Students are trained for diverse and complex portfolio careers and throughout the course are exposed to all facets of the industry. On graduating students will be skilled in:

    • Performance in a theatrical setting
    • Acting for camera and microphone
    • Creating their own content for live and recorded performance
    • Self-Promotion
    • Research

    Students will be encouraged to get involved with our new Graduate Company which provides a bridge between training and employment in the wider industry.

Assessment

We take an innovative approach to assessing our students. We use a range of new methods including the use of YouTube videos, podcasts, online blogs, with vlogs replacing the use of logbooks and viva voce spoken assessments replacing the more traditional written evaluations. We aim to make sure that the skills you develop for an assessment are transferable and while we  still use  traditional forms of assessment such as performances and essays for some aspects of the course we make sure that both the content and the format of these assessments are relevant and valuable to you in a professional setting.

There is an opportunity for collaborative work with students from your programme and those from other areas of the School. This often includes Performing Arts students working on performances alongside Film, Media Make-up, Fashion and Music to create  professional standard productions. These collaborations also lead to networking opportunities with other creatives and the forging of relationships that endure after graduation.

An example submission for a piece of performance;

  • A weekly vlog of your progress through the rehearsal period.
  • The recording of the performance.
  • A recorded viva voce.

An example of a student vlog:

Entry requirements

UCAS points
80

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

In Year 2 of the FdA, students follow a year-long work experience module with opportunities to embed themselves in a locally based company. In recent years students have worked at The Science and Media Museum; Liberty Arts, Yorkshire; Falling Stars Theatre Company; The Brick Box; Bradford Fringe Festival and with acclaimed dance artist Vince Virr.

Through our relationship with Bradford Producing Hub we are expanding the number of work experience partners that we work with and every student will be allocated a placement that embeds them within the local cultural ecology which is currently gearing up to making a bid for City of Culture in 2025.

All of our placement providers are committed to nurturing locally based creatives and developing longer term relationships which may lead to employment post-graduation.

Next steps

Our Graduates progress into a number of different pathways, most stay to complete their full degree with our BA (Hons) in Performance Top Up year. From there they can join our Graduate Company and take advantage of the industry links they have made and the opportunities that are increasingly available in the local area. This is an excellent way to gain paid work in the Performing Arts.

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Tuition fees

Full-time: £7,750 per year.

Additional costs:

You will need a DBS check in order for you to complete the teaching unit.

Please see below a list of additional course costs:

  • Equipment:£300 Maximum (optional cost)
  • Trips/visits to exhibitions etc.:£500 Maximum (optional cost)
  • Placement expenditure including travel: £100 (optional cost)
  • Other (DBS check):(optional cost) - currently £44 (£40 wef 1/10/19)

For information about our student services, please click here.

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