• Performance Top-Up BA (Hons)
    Performance Top-Up BA (Hons)
    The creative degree where you don’t just perform but also learn how to make performance.
  • Performance Top-Up BA (Hons)
    Performance Top-Up BA (Hons)
    The creative degree where you don’t just perform but also learn how to make performance.
  • Performance Top-Up BA (Hons)
    Performance Top-Up BA (Hons)
    The creative degree where you don’t just perform but also learn how to make performance.
  • Performance Top-Up BA (Hons)
    Performance Top-Up BA (Hons)
    The creative degree where you don’t just perform but also learn how to make performance.
  • Performance Top-Up BA (Hons)
    Performance Top-Up BA (Hons)
    The creative degree where you don’t just perform but also learn how to make performance.

Overview

This course has been designed to offer students valuable experiences of working as a small scale touring performance company alongside their individual professional development in a chosen area of performance practice. Students will develop their knowledge and skills working collaboratively on a performance making project and through engaging with practice as research, and individually through the realisation of a major project within their chosen area of performance practice. The aim of this course is to not only to ensure that students develop practical performance skills, but that they are also able to create their own work within the wider context of the performance industries.

Our BA (Hons) Performance Top Up is delivered by experienced practitioners supported by excellent visiting practitioners and industry professionals. We work closely with a number of local organisations including Oldham Coliseum and Oldham Theatre Workshop and we have strong links with a number of performance companies. Past workshops, performances and guest speakers include: John Britton from Duende Theatre Ensemble, OBRA Theatre Company, Red Ladder Theatre Company, Gerry Flanagan from Shifting Sands Theatre Company, Eggs Collective, 154 Collective, writer and producer Julie Bokowiec, and producer Ben Rothera.

This course offers you valuable experiences of working as a small-scale touring performance company alongside your individual professional development in a chosen area of performance practice. You will deepen your knowledge and skills working collaboratively on a major performance project, and through engaging with practice as research. You will also work individually, with guidance, towards the realisation of an independent creative project. Using the research gathered through a related case study, this project will explore an individually focussed area of performance practice. The aim of this course is to not only to ensure that you develop practical performance skills to a high level, but that you are also able to plan, design and create your own work within the wider context of the performance industries.

Practice as Research MDH001
This module will take one focussed and specific area of performance practice which will be investigated using practice as research methodologies. Working collaboratively as a group you will explore, examine and critically analyse an identified area of performance through engagement with practice. Examples of a focussed area of practice include, the investigation into a specific aspect of a performance genre such as Postmodernism, Post Dramatic, or a focussed analysis of specific acting techniques - Stanislavskian, Grotowskian etc., or an exploration of a particular performance form - improvisation, commedia dell’arte, etc. The module culminates in a research symposium, where you will present your findings, and a research paper contextualising the area of focussed practice.

Individual Case Study MDH002
Based on your chosen area of performance practice for the Independent Creative Project module, you will carry out theoretical and practical research into a particular practitioner or company which relates to your individual vocational interests. Exploring research methods, academic skills, and looking at key conceptual frameworks you will be guided in identifying a suitable mode of research depending on the particular practitioner or performance company being examined. By carrying out a detailed analysis through this case study, you will apply your practical and theoretical findings to the development of your Independent Creative Project.

Performance Making Project MDH003
Drawing on the knowledge and skills gained from other relevant modules, this module will develop and extend your skills and knowledge in performance making. As a performance company, you will work together with your group to consider and contribute to the preparation and realisation of a major performance production to a public audience. Under the direction of a tutor or visiting director, you will negotiate your role within the process, taking into account individual areas of expertise and developmental needs. You will document the process through a range of means, and share the results of your reflections in an analytical report.

Independent Creative Project MDH004
Drawing on the research carried out for the Individual Case Study, this module provides you with the opportunity to engage with a particular area of performance practice, and to produce work relevant to your individual vocational interests. You will plan, explore and create a significant piece of work which reflects current performance practice. Previous projects have included: solo performance project, ensemble-based performance production, performance writing, creating a mediatised performance project, development of an acting portfolio, the planning and delivery of a series of workshops to a targeted group, and researching techniques in drama therapy and the development of an exploratory workshop.

Students are encouraged and supported in looking for relevant work experience, and in making contact with industry specialists offering advice, mentoring or employment opportunities.

The course prepares you for work in the performance industry, with some of our students going on to create their own performance companies or joining existing companies. It will provide you with valuable experiences of carrying out a number of roles within the arts industry from a freelance practitioner, actor or performer to an arts administrator. Potential career options include a number of different roles such as a performer, an actor, a freelance practitioner, a director, a performance writer, or a producer. With further qualifications this could lead to a career in teaching or drama therapy.

Students will gain valuable experiences of working as a small scale, touring performance company alongside their individual professional development in a chosen area of performance practice. Students develop their knowledge and skills working collaboratively on a performance making project and through engaging with practice as research, and individually through the realisation of a major project within their chosen area of performance practice. The assessment methods used are predominantly practice-based presentations and performances which are accompanied by contextualisation, critical understanding, and reflections assessed through written essays, presentations and a case study.

We have two purpose built studios. The 9m x 9m Rehearsal Studio, with its high-grade semi-sprung floor, allows you space to train and rehearse. The Performance Studio is a state of the art public performance venue from which you can showcase your performances before taking them on tour. We have a good relationship with a number of local, national and international performance companies and theatre organisations providing opportunities for industry experience and access to further professional expertise.

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Key Information
Start date:
September 2017
Institutional code:
O10
UCAS code:
W40W
Duration:
1 year full time / 2 years part time
Course type:
Full Time / Part Time
Fees per year:
£7500 / Part time fees on request
Additional costs per year:
Theatre trips, Travel costs £15-£20, Essential Text Book, £10 - £15
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Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have one of the following: FdA in Performance (or a related subject) with a focus on contemporary performance, devising and/or physical theatre. HND in Performing Arts or Drama with a focus on contemporary performance, devising and/or physical theatre.120 Foundation and 120 Honours credits from a BA degree in Drama or similar

All applicants will be auditioned and interviewed. Entry to the course is dependent on you being able to demonstrate the potential to succeed and obtain an award. All candidates are interviewed and formally auditioned. This allows interviewing staff not only to judge potential but to ensure that you fully understand the nature of the course and the demands it will make on you. Applicants should note that for progression onto a teaching qualification, the current requirement is for Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.

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BA (Hons) Performance Top-up is validated by University of Centre Lancashire.
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