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Learn to be a versatile performing artist. Personalise your studies between dance, drama and musical theatre to suit your evolving interests and aspirations. Become a confident, experienced, industry ready professional.
Study in a multidisciplinary way – which you will know is reflective of the industry. Experiment with new things, create a personal pathway with a focus on dance, drama or musical theatre or a mix of all three. Personalise your studies to suit your evolving interests and aspirations. Build the necessary skills to succeed in higher education, recognise your own strengths and idiosyncrasies and establish yourself as an employable practitioner.
Whether you wish to dance, act, devise, choreograph, teach or facilitate, this course will give you the skills, techniques, confidence and experience to be industry ready. You will develop as a creative and versatile individual; we want you to graduate with the best opportunities possible that will prepare you for a successful career in the performing arts world.
Successful completion of this course will qualify you for Spotlight adult performer membership.
Teaching is largely studio-based with supporting lectures, seminars, workshop discussions and independent learning. All modules integrate theory and practice; tasks and problem-solving which engage you in interactive learning.
Assessments are often practical or performance-based and also include presentations, workshops, essays and e-portfolios. We provide regular feedback to help you to develop your work.
The first year provides you with a solid base with a range of diverse learning experiences. As you move through the course, you have a choice of modules and opportunity to undertake a placement.
Whatever your route, you will perform at a range of venues and in professional theatres including Arts Centre Washington and The Customs House, South Shields.
If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.
Get involved with the production of a pantomime. Audition for character, dance and ensemble roles. Create and perform in a variety show. Explore the concept of a triple threat.
Explore technical skills which will enhance your creative practice. Participate in workshops that will include aspects such as lighting, camera work, and editing (sound and video). Review your autobiography and undertake self-assessment with a view to positioning yourself within the performing arts industry. Immerse yourself in an artistic environment where self-management and personal organisational skills will be nurtured, with an emphasis on multi-disciplinarity. Develop the skills that employers are looking for, including team work, self-confidence, communication skills and self-motivation, and apply these in relation to vocational practice.
Focus on performance primarily through the practical exploration of skills including diction, portrayal of character, control, fluency, expression, orientation and design of the body in space, physicality, application of dynamic qualities and relationship to others. Develop the ability to respond creatively and effectively to directorial and choreographic methods and approaches for example task, score or script led activity.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Focus on cabaret performance, examining the key ideas with which cabaret is associated, its origin and history, and its form and content. Learn about cabaret’s association with social critique and political satire, which is examined through practical workshops that address skit, slam, burlesque, neo-burlesque, music, song, drag and heels. Participate in a multi-disciplined performance and explore cabaret’s ambition to challenge social norms through an analytical essay.
Explore the concepts, processes and people involved in the transferral of a play text to the stage working with professionals at Live Theatre in Newcastle. Gain an introduction to relevant practices through examination of selected key exponents, beginning in the studio and progressing to working in a site-specific context. Learn about the process of dance composition as a choreographer, with a focus upon the relationship between dance and music.
Further your awareness of the performance requirements of specific contexts whilst enhancing your skills in movement, character, voice, and related fields where appropriate. Focus on ‘authenticity’ including emphasis on projection and interpretive skills and issues related to the circumstances which form the setting for the event, for example social and cultural expectation. Undertake research to inform your practice and consider the transferable nature of your artistry. Realise your work within a pertinent context, for example Washington Old Hall, a studio / virtual environment, Beamish Museum and Sunderland Minster.
Gain an insight into selected current topics and issues in the industry, for example: Identity; Performing Bodies; Arts and Disability; Arts and Health; Arts and Education; Effective Preparation and Application; and Corporate Arts. Deepen knowledge and understanding of one of these areas via a project proposal for funding, informed by research into current initiatives.
Investigate the terminology ‘hit musical’ with reference to the implications this may have on the wider production. Research and explore two to three Musicals of your choice in order to understand why they might be considered a ‘hit’, for example ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ (1975) – cult following, ‘The Lion King’ (1997) – financial success or ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (1988) – longevity. Become familiar with a range of musicals from both Broadway, West End and Film adaptations in order to interpret the relationship between the components of the genre, for example music, dance and drama. Participate in practical lectures that will further develop and challenge your performance skills within the primary discipline of musical theatre, including aspects such as characterisation, audition preparation, vocal and dance ability. Explore the synthesis of your own skillset through the realisation of a public performance in an ensemble context. Develop an understanding of key components of a Musical including subtext, use of fantasy, and contextual issues. Focus upon one or selected musical theatre extracts during directed rehearsals. Perform within a professional setting for an audience, working as an ensemble.
Extend your artistic practice and/or demonstrate your creative innovation. Develop skills including artistic competence; choreographic, compositional, devising and directorial processes; performance skills and creative use of small-scale staging techniques. Negotiate with your tutor one role for assessment, such as choreographer, director, performer, or stager. Undertake aspects needed to stage a performance of this type.
Gain a broad overview of developments in the creative industries, examine trends and developments in relation to the work of selected practitioners and theorists, and investigate current research, thinking and practice. Develop and apply specialist and transferable skills and knowledge working in a range of professional creative employment contexts. Plan and implement a small-scale project and experience a work placement aligning to a possible career outcome. Develop a professional online portfolio/digital CV which showcases some of your best work.
Be part of a professional company, gaining real industry practice in small-scale touring. Explore the role of the performer in a working context. Focus on innovative application of existing practical proficiency, including experiencing and developing new approaches towards performance, using props, costume and narration as integral elements. Develop good practice through delivering practical workshops. Take on both a performance and a production role. Consider the role of the performer within contexts such as professional, community and education, and engage in independent research linking directly to your own career aspirations.
Work independently to develop new, critical, and creative thinking with regards to a research-based project in either written or practical and written forms. Apply relevant knowledge and skills in a specialist area demonstrating an understanding of key learning emerging from the project and relating to its context. Work in an independent way supported by tutorials as agreed with your supervising tutor.
Study and rehearse a musical for public performance. Take on a high degree of responsibility for the planning, direction, and management of your own development as a performing artist and as the member of a creative production team. Work as a company to prepare and perform a musical within a professional context for an audience.
Progress the practical understanding of techniques and skills relevant to different styles and genres of performance for the screen actor, to add to your professional show-reel. Take part in workshops that explore diverse areas of screen performance such as virtual reality, TV presenting and motion capture. Analyse and evaluate the challenges and advantages of your selected multi-platform performance.
Collaborate with Northumbria Police and produce an awareness and training film that addresses crime. Learn how to act in front of the camera and explore business on screen, hitting a mark, audition techniques and reactions to camera. Analyse scenes from screen performances and explore the creation of meaning in performance.
Our typical offer is:
|High School Diploma along with one of the following at the required grade: SAT I and SAT II, ACT or Advanced Placement||GPA 3.0 or above and: Sat score of 1100/1600 from SATs AP (Grades 3+ in at least 2 subjects) ACT (score of 26+)|
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We'll ask you to prepare an audition piece lasting one minute. This should show your ability to not only perform with confidence but communicate with an audience. Previous applicants have auditioned with monologues, songs, or dances, so choose whichever you are most comfortable with. Please note that we are not looking for perfection, we appreciate you’re still developing as a performer.
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The annual, full-time fee for this course is:
Tuition fees for part-time students are £6,935 per 120 credits. Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Student visa to study in the UK.
*European Union (EU), EEA (European Economic Area), and Swiss nationals who do not qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme are classed as international, however, for 23/24 admission you will receive a European student fee scholarship and will pay the home tuition fee rate for the duration of your studies. The discounted fee will be reflected in your offer letter. Learn more in our Help and Advice article.
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You will gain highly transferable skills in communication, presentation and collaboration with others. These skills, together with a track record of creativity and innovative thinking, provide a valuable advantage when it comes to applying for many different fields of employment.
This course prepares you for roles in the performing arts such as:
The academic team have an extensive network of professional, education and community contacts in the region. You will benefit from these in your negotiated projects, workshops and visits. Extracurricular classes are available throughout the year with a range of guest teachers, for example musical theatre repertoire with touring cast members, one to one vocal lessons, yoga, character development, street dance and harmony singing.
Where possible, we invite visiting companies and artists to the University. Examples include Opera North, South Paw Dance Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Rambert Dance Company, Live Theatre; Newcastle, Open Clasp, RashDash, Dramatrain, Geese Theatre Company, Bell and Bullock Circus Theatre, Dell A’Mimi Circus Training and The Stand Comedy. We also encourage visits to theatres, events and exhibitions.
Work by our students is hosted by venues such as The Customs House South Shields, National Glass Centre, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Washington Arts Centre and The Empire Theatre. These venues also hold masterclasses led by visiting artists.
The independent study module allows you to take educational and professional opportunities as they arise. Examples include the production of a new play performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a cross-generational performance with a professional choreographer and dancers. Many projects are sited in schools and the wider community.
We also arrange end-of-year performances in a professional arts venue, working alongside schedulers, box office staff, technicians and professional performers. Your involvement in these performances develops skills in marketing, design and communication with venues.
All students studying on-campus undergraduate Performing Arts courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.
Creative Industries Week gives everyone in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries the opportunity to participate in a range of projects, workshops, talks, industry visits and career events. This exciting week encourages interdisciplinary working, broadens your experience, builds your confidence and helps develop your career path.
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