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Theatre Arts (Acting) Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Full-time

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Course outline

This course is designed to prepare students for a career in the performing arts sector, allowing the opportunity to gain professional knowledge, skills and experience.

There is a strong practical element to this course, which allows for a mixture of skills-based classwork and projects. Students cover a number of topics relevant to the chosen pathway.

Typical projects will include performing in large and small scale productions; devising; physical theatre; industry-based work; workshop leading; working in education; and participating in festivals of student work.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Process and production
  • Contextual studies 1
  • Facilitation
  • Creating/staging the performance
  • Specialist skills

Year 2 modules include:

  • Production company
  • Industry practice/work-based learning
  • Developing the practitioner
  • Contextual studies 2
  • Applied specialisms

In addition you will study:

  • Voice
  • Acting methods and technique
  • Physical theatre
  • Devising and directing

Where appropriate, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other performing arts disciplines on various productions and study visits.

We work with and have close links with local arts organisations including: Dance4, Nottingham Playhouse, LaPelle’s Factory, Dragon’s Breath Theatre Company and Nottingham Lakeside to name just a few. Our performing arts facilities are excellent and are used by practitioners across the East Midlands region.

You’ll have access to equipment for sound and lighting, well-equipped workshops and dance studios, and sound and film-editing resources.

The course is delivered by tutors who have worked as professional actors and dancers with strong academic and industrial backgrounds.

There will be opportunities to work with professional practitioners during the course

View the full course specification here.

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: W410

Use the UCAS code above when applying through the UCAS website.

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Location Date Fees / reductions


Pelham Avenue


Start: 30th September 2019

Fees / reductions:

Tuition fee: £8,250

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C000356 / Q002108


Theatre Arts (Acting) Foundation Degree Level 5


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.

For creative courses you would usually need a qualification in a relevant subject area.

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

You will be invited to an interview and audition.

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

Teaching & assessment

Continuous assessment is through joint projects and individual assignments.

There are no examinations.


Previous students have moved directly into industry as:

  • Workshop leaders for disability arts organisations
  • Community artists
  • Youth theatre directors
  • Arts development workers
  • Stage managers
  • Technicians
  • Event managers
  • Performers

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

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.

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