Performing Arts
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    11 September 2017 to 22 June 2018
    UCAS Code

Awarding organisation

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.

Stage 1:

  • Acting development
  • Arts management
  • Contextual studies in theatre
  • Theatre in the community
  • Theatre process and production
  • Voice, speech and movement

    Stage 2:

  • 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

    Typical modules:

  • 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:

  • University
  • Employment

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.

Interview Requirements

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.

Course fee information

The course fee is £7,700 per annum which can be paid through a Student Loan.

We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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