Performing Arts
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    22 September 2020 to 10 June 2022

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: BTEC Pearson

Qualifications on offer: HND Performing Arts ACTING

Summary of course

This programme offers a unique opportunity to study Performing Arts acting at higher education level HNC and HND, 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 and workshops 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 HNC or HND in Performing Arts, students have the opportunity to apply for progression to level 6 top up course at a number of Universities across the courntry. This provides an HE pathway that allows a more practical and vocational approach, with close tutorial support, enabling students to achieve both an HND and degree qualification if relevant.

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, performances 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 in local theatres. We have taken part in the National Theatre New Views programme working with professional playwrights assocaited with the NT. We have supported the Royal & Derngate with the NT Connections Festival adn other community based projects.

Year 1 enables students to achieve an HNC or go on to cocmplete the HND in year 2. The second stage of the HND centres around the setting up and running of a student led theatre company 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.

What will I study?

The units you will study may include:

  • Acting for Camera
  • Alternative Approaches to Acting
  • Applied Contemporary Performance Practice
  • Classical Acting
  • Creative Arts Professional Practice
  • Creative Arts Reserach Skills
  • Development of Acting Skills
  • Devising Performance
  • Employablity Skills
  • Historical Context in the Performing Arts
  • Innovative Theatre Performacne work
  • Movement for the Actor
  • Performing Arts Workshop Leadership
  • Physical Theatre Performance
  • Preparation, Process and Production in the Creative Arts
  • Research Project
  • Small Scale Touring in the Performing Arts
  • Stage management in Practice
  • Theatre Directing
  • Theatre in Education
  • Vocal Method in Context

How is the course assessed?

The coursework for HNC / HND Performing Arts Acting is continuous assessment with no examinations. Assessed performances are integral to the programme and there are a number of assessments through public performance during the two years of the course. Written work will also be assessed and students will deverlop academic research skills as part of their studies.

Who is this course for?

This course is for people who wish to work in the theatre, primarily as a performer but also in various back-stage roles and theatre industry employment. Successful completion of the HND Theatre Practice will allow entry to the third year of the Drama degree at the University of Northampton or to progress into related employment.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Progression routes include:

  • University top up at level 6
  • Employment in the Creative Arts Industry
  • Post gradute study
    • Teaching

Entry Requirements for new students

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[4-5] or above. All qualified applicants will be invited to interview.

Course fee information

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in September 2020. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form


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