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Performing Arts HNC/D

About the course

This course has been created to focus on strengthening learners' existing abilities along with building up skills in the disciplines of Acting, Singing, Dance, Devising/Choreography as well as developing academic skills and knowledge in an autonomous way.

It is aimed at dedicated learners who wish to continue developing their skills and attributes to move into a range of areas in the artistic industry. Audition skills are enhanced enabling a more prepared application for the next-steps within their studies.

NOTE: A minimum number of enrolments are required for this course to run.

Entry requirements

A BTEC Level 3 at 96 tariff points or equivalent, a satisfactory reference and successful audition.
For the HND top-up year, a successful completion of a complementary HNC, satisfactory reference and a successful audition.

How much does it cost?

£5,500 per year with an inflationary rise if you proceed to the HND.
If you are over 19 you may access a student loan for the fees and maintenance.

The Student Finance England website has full details and you can use their calculator to see what help you may be entitled to.

*There may be additional costs for this course

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Why study?

The course is practical but requires the demands of an academic nature. It builds a solid grounding in performance, creativity, industry knowledge and leadership skills. Performance opportunities run throughout the course. Performance skills have a focus on drama or dance school/industry requirements, but are not solely the main drive.

Where will this course take me?

Performance opportunities include London's West End, joining a company, working in the community or entertaining on a cruise ship, holiday camp or theme park. You may decide to go abroad and use your skills at Camp America.
Teaching opportunities include working in schools, companies and in the community.
You could become a trainer/instructor.
You could work in administration, including marketing, publicity, writing, design or box office.
Successful graduates can progress onto university for a top up course. The course also prepares graduates for industry auditions and employment.

Core modules

The Level 4 in Performing Arts is made up of 120 credits
19 Creative Arts Professional Practice
20 Creative Arts Research Skills

*These modules may be subject to change

Optional modules

3 Acting for Musical Theatre
29 Devising Performance
42 Musical Theatre Performance
47 Performing Arts Workshop Leadership
55 Research Project
21 Dance and Health

How will I be assessed?

Live presentations of a project/performance/workshop; viva voce; teaching and peer observations with debates.

Will I have to provide anything?

1 lever arch file, pens, pencils, diary, highlighters, paper/notebook. You will need to bring comfortable clothing and indoor footwear.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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