BA (Hons) Performing Arts


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Newport (Campus code - C )


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Entry Requirements

280 UCAS tariff points, eg, BBC at A-level, to include a relevant subject.

Five GCSEs grade C or above, to include Mathematics and English Language.

Interviewed Course

All applicants are interviewed as part of an audition process. At the interview/audition you will take part in a group workshop and we will ask you to take direction in the audition speech you will have prepared. In the interview your reasons for wanting to join the course will be explored.

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The Performing Arts course at the University of South Wales offers an all round intensive study of performance skills focusing on acting for theatre, film and voice, devised performance, technical production and directing for theatre.

About BA (Hons) Performing Arts

Essential Information

Situated in the prestigious Film School, our Performing Arts for Theatre & Film course offers unrivalled opportunities for screen training in our custom built studios at the City Campus. Whether it is acting in a film, directing a theatre play or devising a multimedia performance, our core skills and practices are designed to equip you for a successful career in the creative industries.

Performance matters: it changes the way you think, see and react to the world around you. The University’s Performing Arts students not only study how to act, direct and make theatre and film but also understand the importance and impact of these art forms in a digital age. We teach our students that making theatre and film is a vocation that has meaning and value. Our Performing Arts degree course offers you that chance to create new and exciting fictional worlds through a stimulating, practical and theoretical study of drama, theatre, film, radio and television. The course is aimed at creative, responsive and independent thinking students who are committed to making performance work that reflects and comments upon the social and cultural world that surrounds them.

The location of this performance course within one of the most established Film Schools in the UK gives unparalleled opportunities for students to hone their skills both in their assessed work and by taking advantage of the many additional projects on offer. You can collaborate with fellow students in the areas of Film, Music, Animation, Games Design, Photography and Fashion. Many students build up an extensive showreel for future employers consisting of their many film projects. The opportunities afforded by our move to the City Campus in 2011 has allowed further expansion of the range of high quality work produced by students.

The Performing Arts teaching team is committed to providing a creative, supportive and rewarding educational experience for all, with an emphasis on one-to-one tutorials, helpful feedback, group project work and public performances. The experience of our teaching team covers a wide range of performance disciplines and includes acting for film, theatre and radio; directing theatre; devised performance. You have the opportunity to work with staff on research projects, including theatre productions and films and we showcase the best student work in public performances locally and at festivals such as the International Student Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Our students have also acted in and provided voiceovers for award-winning drama, documentary and animation films.

What you will study

Your first year offers core skills in acting for film and theatre along with contemporary movement and voice practice. Training and teaching is led by professional actors, choreographers and academics, who will not only foster your practical skills but also develop your ability to consider the nature of acting, drama and theatre in the context of society. Students are taught the histories and contexts of theatre and cinema through the study of Naturalism as a dominant mode of theatre production and the development of genre in Film and Television. You will create theatre performances as a company and collaborate with BA Film students on a shared film project.

Your second year will see you undertaking further specialist training and study in acting for voice, including radio, animation and games, theatre in education, physical and devised theatre and multimedia performance. You will also study the major artistic and dramatic movements of twentieth century theatre and film, including modules in British and European Drama which will prepare you for an extended piece of critical writing in year three.

You will choose as a major option in semester 1 of your final year either acting, directing or technical production as a specialist pathway, culminating in a public presentation and performance of your work. You will also write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, where the focus will be on an aspect of theorising performance. Finally in Semester 2, with your peer group, you will create and produce a graduate showcase, which will be performed in a professional industry context. Throughout your third year you will be encouraged by tutors to create diverse, challenging and innovative performance practices in response to specialist interests that you have developed during the degree course.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for BA (Hons) Performing Arts

Learning and Teaching methods

  • Three major public projects each year are performed at the Riverfront Theatre in Newport offering students a fully professional experience of working in a producing theatre arts centre.The most recent was the successful Chekhov play ‘The Cherry Orchard’.
  • A range of other work is made available for public viewing either in the City Campus studios or at other venues in the area depending upon the needs of the production. Theatre in Education students will tour to local schools.
  • Many students take advantage of the thriving media environment of south Wales to take roles in locally produced productions such as Dr Who, Torchwood and Casualty.
  • All third year students take part in a residential study trip to Gregynog House in mid Wales where intensive research and rehearsals are carried out around their final year studies. Students regard this experience as one of the highlights of the course, allowing focused study and team building away from the distractions of the city environment.

Assessment methods

Throughout the course you will be assessed through a combination of practice alongside theoretical essays and presentations, supplemented by a self-reflective and context-based analysis of production. You will receive clear and detailed feedback that will help you reflect on and develop your strengths as a student and practitioner.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for BA (Hons) Performing Arts


Our graduates have a good record of finding work in the creative industries as actors, directors and freelance theatre-makers. Other areas of employment include arts administration and events management. The course is also excellent preparation for further study and teacher training, including Masters and PhD studies.

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