UCAS CODE W000
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Cardiff (Campus code - B )
A foundation year course comprises 120 credits and provides an entry route on to many of our undergraduate courses. This full-time course is usually completed in 1 year.
An undergraduate degree course comprises 360 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over a 3 year period. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 6 years.
A postgraduate degree course comprises 180 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over one year. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 2 years.
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.
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.
This programme encourages you to explore the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of contemporary performance. Acting, theatre writing and making as well as physical theatre and music are explored alongside sound design, digital film and imagery and the uses of technology. You will be able to explore the dynamics of voice and body in live performance and the ways in which other spaces, the camera and technology can extend and transform the essential act of performance. The programme contains opportunities to study music and sound, digital imagery, radio, scriptwriting and the significance of story around a core of practice and study of performance and performance making. You will be encouraged to be an innovative contemporary performance practitioner.
The programme has optional elements, which allow for students to build particular profiles in Dance, Drama and Music or Performance and Media.
Students with an interest in media related work could study radio and TV presenting and short filmmaking. Students with an interest in physical performance could study dance and cabaret for example.
Students on the course will be encouraged from their base in the Atrium in Cardiff to work in venues and sites in Cardiff and engage with Cardiff audiences and the dynamic professional scene in the city.
The programme of study for BA (Hons) Performing Arts will include. Student will have to choose particular pathways from the available options.
Researching for and documenting performance.
The social and cultural significance of performance.
Performance making and performance skills (physical theatre and dance, acting and acting for film, text based and devised theatre).
Popular Theatre (cabaret, music theatre, stand up comedy, melodrama, music hall)
Social and applied performance.
Performance and Media – filmmaking, radio and sound design, presenting.
Scriptwriting, narrative and storytelling.
Professional or workplace study.
In Year 1 students are asked to examine in broad terms these areas of study before selecting areas for specialist study at Year 2 and going on to extend these specialisms in independent major project work at Year 3.
The study of Performance and Performing Arts involves the close association of theory and practice. Students will explore ideas in workshops and in rehearsal as part of the creation of live performance and recorded performance. Students will also experience seminar classes, presentations and tutorials. There will also be workshops or instruction in the use of technology and other production skills.
The work submitted for assessment by our students is varied and includes performance making, conference presentations, online portfolios, reflections on practice, and workshop delivery, essays and reports.
Performance and Performing Arts graduates have a wide range of skills, which can be applied in a number of employment contexts. This course will equip students with a range of performance related skills such as project management, technical skills, performance skills, performance direction and creation as well analytical, research and writing skills. The creative thinking, teamwork and academic skills means that Performing Arts graduates are often sought after in a range of graduate employment contexts including teaching, arts administration, business and community and social welfare areas. Graduates can further their studies by going on to postgraduate study and research.
The Atrium has a studio spaces, a theatre, TV and radio studios and technology labs with the latest software for music and sound and digital imagery and editing.