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Acting Foundation Degree (Level 5) — Full-time

Course outline

This course comprises the first two years of a conventional three-year degree and is designed to develop students' specialist skills and knowledge for the performance industry.

It aims to provide students with a 'toolbox' of intellectual and practical skills, including a working knowledge of the technical, administrative and professional competencies needed to succeed within the industry.

There is a strong practical element to the course, allowing for a mixture of skills-based classwork and projects. Students cover a range of topics combining technical training, creative workshops, performance opportunities and academic skills. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of acting styles, influences and contexts in order to become a confident and versatile performer.

Indicative first year modules include:

  • Performance skills
  • Performance - context and history
  • Media performance: 1 (audio)
  • The physical actor

Indicative second year modules include:

  • Media performance: 2 (screen)
  • Own projects (developing original work)
  • Creating performance
  • Production company

We work and have close links with local industry stakeholders including: Nottingham Playhouse, Lakeside Theatre, Dragon's Breath Theatre Company, Bread and Roses and LaPelle's Factory. We also work closel with students from other disciplines (from both inside the college and outside) on a range of collaborative projects.

Existing teaching facilities at our Clarendon campus include a course base room and general-purpose teaching spaces. There are two fully-equipped theatres: the 22 seat Clarendon Community Theatre and 84 seat Robert Lindsay Studio Theatre. There are 3 dance studios, 3 practical spaces, wardrobe, costume construction and set construction workshops.

Please note: From September 2020 our Performing Arts courses are set to move into our new £58 million Ciy Hub campus at Broadmarsh!

View the full course specification here.

You can view the fantastic creative works of our students on our Creative Showcase website below.

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How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: W410

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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 25th September 2023

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £8,250

Course code: C000356 / Q002108


Foundation Degree in Acting FdA


2 years

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

You'll need a keen interest in acting and the performing arts in general

You will be invited to an interview and audition.

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

A combination of traditional and innovative assessment methods are used, including case studies, group projects, live briefs, peer review, time-constrained assessments and presentations.

There are no examinations.


Previous students have moved directly into industry within performance, teaching, drama production, youth and social work, arts and events administration/management and related work in the creative arts and leisure industries.

Alternatively, you may wish to progress on to our BA (Hons) Performing Arts Top-up Degree validated by Nottingham Trent University; or the second or third year of a similar degree elsewhere.

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.

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