BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Professional Studies) level 6

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Course Overview

This course has been designed for students who have completed a higher national diploma or foundation degree in performing arts or a related subject and wish to top up their qualification with another year of study to achieve a full degree. The BA Honours Performing Arts (Professional Practice) (Top-up), validated by De Montfort University, is about developing the professional skills and knowledge needed to enter the industry as a freelance performance practitioner. The broad approach to the course allows students from level 5 performance courses to top-up to a full BA Honour’s qualification.
You will develop your performance/production skills, independent study, research and critical analysis skills through workshops and seminars aimed at developing a focused professional practice. You will also develop employability skills in preparation for the diverse nature of the performing arts industry.

Alongside the main programme of study, you will have the opportunity to undertake the level 3 Award in Education and Training, allowing you to teach in the life long learning sector. This course incurs an additional cost.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The programme includes: professional development and project preparation in a lecture-based module and asks students to design a project which will be undertaken as work-based learning. The lectures reflect the issues discussed when applying for funding. The submission comprises of a full project proposal and plan of activity for the student-designed project.

Creative and critical enquiry is a research module giving you the scope to explore any sector-specific issue or topic.

Professional practice provides the platform to reflect on and develop the skills you need to work as a freelance performance practitioner. Initially lecture-based, the module explores techniques and skills, concluding with a student-devised performance.

Work-based learning comprises of tutorials and lectures around the student project activity. This research project will be student-led and should be a platform for the type of work you may want to do once you have graduated.

Entry Requirements

Eligible applicants will have successfully completed a performance qualification equivalent to level 5. This will normally be a foundation degree, an HND or a DipHE in acting, dance, or performing arts. An appropriate professional qualification at level 5 may also provide eligibility. In addition to possessing a level 5 award, eligible applicants will have a level 5 award in a subject relevant to their proposed field of study and demonstrate the likelihood of an ability to benefit from the programme.

You will be expected to hold a GCSE grade C or above in English and maths.

How you will be assessed

The work is assessed in a variety of ways. Practical assessments take the form of studio/theatre-based performance. In addition to practical work, students are assessed via presentations and written coursework (e.g. portfolios).

Your final grade at the end of the course follows the standard University undergraduate Honours classification system of 1st, 2:1, 2:2 or 3rd.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £6165.00

Additional Costs

Be prepared for additional practice specific kit and materials. Investment can vary greatly depending on individual projects. As a guide please see the additional cost sections of related Foundation Degrees. If you have to complete a work placement involving working with children or vulnerable adults, you may need to apply for a DBS check. If you are 19 or over on the 1 September on the year of entry, this will cost approx £44.

Students also pursuing the level 3 Award in Education and Training can expect to pay in the region of £400 (based on 2017-18 fees) for this additional qualification.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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Course and Career progression

The BA (Hons) course provides a number of possible career routes into the performing arts industry. Students may progress into becoming a professional performer, or complete postgraduate teaching qualifications and gain employment within education, post-graduate study, events management, self-employment or other areas of related work within the performing arts sector.

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What Happens Next

Applications must be made through UCAS at using the course code W470, institution code L36. Due to the nature of this programme, you may also be invited to attend an interview or audition. Where necessary, other means of interview/audition (i.e. telephone, web-based, CD/DVD) can be arranged.

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