HND Theatre Practice
Summary of course
This programme offers a unique opportunity to study theatre practice at higher education level, with an emphasis on practical and vocational work. Students take part in major practical projects and public performances. During the programme students have experience of setting up, running and touring a self-contained theatre company. Students enjoy access to productions locally at Northampton's nationally recognised regional theatre, Royal & Derngate.
The theoretical elements of the course support the practical study and underpin the extensive amount of practical experience. Having successfully completed the HND Theatre, students have the opportunity to transfer into Stage 3 of the single honours Drama degree at the University of Northampton. This is a special feature of the course, a pathway that allows a more practical and vocational approach, with close tutorial support, enabling students to achieve both an HND and degree qualification within three stages.
The most significant features of the course are the performance projects and productions. Currently the HND students take part in a minimum of six major projects in total. These have recently included a community theatre tour to local schools, public performances at the Royal Theatre (Jack the Ripper, The Goodbye Girl), performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal & Derngate, professional film experience with Sky TV Production and Gamcare performances as part of the Northampton Arts Festival and performances at the Castle Theatre, Wellingborough (countywide Dance showcase).
The second stage of the HND centres around the setting up and running of a self-contained theatre company (Out of the Blue) which tours theatre venues and community halls throughout the county. The course aims to give the students a rich and varied approach to theatre and professional practice. Students are taught by experienced and qualified staff, professional actors and practitioners and enjoy a variety of visiting workshops and visits to the theatre.
- Acting development
- Arts management
- Contextual studies in theatre
- Theatre in the community
- Theatre process and production
Voice, speech and movement
- Acting as a profession
- Physical theatre
- Small scale touring theatre
- Theatre research project
Writing and directing for performance
Special course features:
- Community theatre tour
- Offers a varied approach to theatre
Visiting workshop presentations
- Media performance technique
- Musical theatre
Theatre in education
View the detailed Programme Specification.
How is the course assessed?
The coursework for HND Theatre Practice is continuous assessment with no examinations.
Who is this course for?
This course is for you if you want to continue to a third year of study at the University of Northampton to top-up' your qualification to a degree or go into related employment.
Progression and Career Opportunities
Progression routes include:
Entry Requirements for new students
All applications are handled by The University of Northampton through the UCAS system. To be accepted on a programme, you will need 48 UCAS points equivalent to 2 A Levels at Grade D or above, or a pass at BTEC Level 3 or equivalent. In addition, applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE English at Grade C or above. All qualified applicants will be invited to interview.
You will be invited along for an interview with the course leader to discuss your career aspirations and provide details of any work experience you have gained within the area.