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The FdA in Performing Arts aims to provide a dynamic, exciting and flexible learning experience for its students whilst providing industry-standard skills. Academically, it will develop students’ abilities to contextualise their learning historically, culturally and self-reflectively and students will be encouraged to showcase their work at every opportunity.
For 2017 entry onwards: applicants require 72 UCAS points, with a minimum of grade ‘C’ in both GCSE Maths &English. This equates to MMP at BTEC National Diploma level, grades DDD at ‘A’ Level, and on the Diploma Foundation Studies (Art, Design & Media) this is equal to a Merit.
All applicants will do an audition.
However, in line with the widening participation brief and lifelong learning strategy, the Institute will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, and asked to complete an essay and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
It is anticipated that graduates from the Foundation Degree in Performing Arts may go on to become a performing arts teacher, community arts facilitator, performing arts facilitator, an actor, performer or dancer, a director or choreographer or a stage manager or deputy stage manager.
Alternatively you may wish to go on to top up your Foundation Degree to an honours degree - there are a number of institutions that may offer an articulation route for you to do this.
This skills and experience gained on this Foundation Degree will give you a thorough grounding to pursue a career across the spectrum of the performing arts industry. The programme will:
Engender a professional approach to performing arts whether it is as an actor, dancer, choreographer, scriptwriter, director or through a more generic performance practice.Provide a learning experience that explores these practices and encourages creativity across a range of performing arts media and forms.Foster the industry-specific knowledge, thinking, subject-specific practical and general skills required of performing arts practitioners.Enhance performance skills in a range of styles and contexts through an understanding of the history and context of performing arts.Provide a working knowledge of the performing arts sector and arts policy.Develop the values of professional practiceProvide business-related and self-management skills to meet the demands of employment within the industry.Promote an awareneses of the transferability of subject specific skills to other employment scenarios.
The programme's emphasis is on teaching, learning and assessment through practice. Performing arts deploys a wide range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, small and large group practicals and contextual workshops. There is also the opportunity for improvisation work, development and training workshops, theatre visits, discussions, demonstration and technical training and workshops by theatre companies.