BA (Hons) Performing Arts


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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.

For more information, please download our interview day preparation guide


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

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.

What you will 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. Student will have to choose particular pathways from the available options.

The programme of study for BA (Hons) Performing Arts will include:

Year One

  • Black Box
  • Aspects of Acting
  • Naturalism
  • Contemporary Movement Practice
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Genre in Filma and Television

Year Two

  • Physical Theatre
  • Shakespeare on Film
  • European Drama
  • Multi-media Performance
  • Acting for Voice
  • Post-War British Theatre

Year Three

  • Professional Performance Project
  • Graduate Showcase Project
  • Performing Arts Dissertation

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

Learning and Teaching methods

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.

Assessment methods

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.

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


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. Graduates can also further their studies by going on to postgraduate study and research.

Possible Career Options

Performing Arts graduates are often sought after in a range of graduate employment contexts including:

  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Theatre Director
  • Business, Community and Social Welfare Arts Worker
  • Broadcast Presenter
  • Theatre Stage Manager

Additional Information for BA (Hons) Performing Arts


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.