Performing Arts FdA

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Performing Arts FdA
Code W4T3
Qualification Type Undergraduate Qualification
Qualification Level Level 5
Course type Full Time


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.

This course can be topped up to a BA with an extra year at the University Centre Grimsby - more information is available on the website

Applications can be made on the UCAS website

The aim of the programme is to give each member of the cohort the requisite skills to enter the performing arts industry, and our focus on skills, employment and industry are a unique selling point for this FdA. Dedicated module tutors and support staff are on hand for students who are interested in all aspects of the performing arts. With a focus on acting, dancing, musical theatre and the essential contextual studies, this programme aims to deliver dynamic performance professionals directly into the creative sector.

Almost half of the 2.1 million digital and creative sector workers in the UK in 2012 were in London or the South East. Around 455 people are employed as performing arts practitioners in Yorkshire & the Humber and East Midlands in 2014.

However, the creative sector is characterised by a high proportion of micro enterprises and self-employment; 68% being self employed. By their nature micro enterprises and freelancers will mainly be excluded from Government job data. In some occupations the attractiveness of freelancing makes it difficult for employers to recruit experienced workers on permanent contracts.

The University Centre in Grimsby is home to the a new state of the art Arts building including a 200 seated theatre, dance studio and rehearsal rooms. Students will have the opportunity to work in a professional environment with staff who have proven track records within the industry.


Year One

Study skills and employability

History of performing arts

Introduction to performing arts

Theatre in Education

Live Performance Production

Theatre production

All year Work Based Activity

Year 2

Cultural Studies

Performing Arts Development

Employment in the Industry

Community Arts

Musical Theatre

Drama Production in TV

How will it be delivered?

The pattern of assessment will involve a number of approaches that will require the student to produce analytical essays, research based portfolios and to plan and deliver presentations. There will also be an emphasis on producing work that displays critical thinking, problem solving and theoretical knowledge that underpins the performing arts industry and practitioner. Students’ will be required to produce reflective diaries/journals, production portfolios and practical assignments. Varied methods of assessment are embedded into the practical productions allowing for critical, theoretical and evaluative studies.

Entry requirements

72 UCAS points, with a minimum of grade ‘C’ in both GCSE Maths & English. 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.

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