BA (Hons) Performing Arts

Course overview

The Performing Arts degree will have a strong focus on movement and physicality and explores an interdisciplinary approach, fusing and connecting movement/dance, new media techniques, physical theatre and contemporary theatre practice. The course is designed to help you become a practitioner of physical theatre with you choosing the specialist path, whether as a director, performer, designer or administrator. The course will be structured over 3 years with students working on an average of 6 modules a year. The course has a ‘learn by doing’ ethos and you will work on exciting modules, taught by industry experienced professionals and experts in Physical Theatre practices.

Key Facts

Arts, Law & Social Sciences
University Centre Peterborough
3 Years
Tariff Points
Accredited By
Anglia Ruskin University

Part-time study and January starts available

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BA (Hons) Performing Arts

Within each module and across the course, there will be a strategic framework embedding a range of activities including: practical sessions, practitioner demonstrations, peer delivery and learning, seminar-based activity, observed practice, academic presentations, workshops, performances, dissertations, and tutorials. Students are required, and supported, to work with increasing autonomy with texts and other resources, such as digital media, production elements, and site-specific execution.  We have excellent facilities including a studio performance theatre, rehearsal studio and lecture room.

Associated careers

This Honours Degree will lead naturally to a variety of careers in the performing arts industry such as:

  • Actor
  • Theatre Practitioner,
  • Teacher
  • Performer,
  • Arts Administrator,
  • Director,
  • Theatre Project Leader,
  • Designer
  • Events Management
  • Community/Youth Work
  • Entertainment Representative

Our degree also offers relevant support, knowledge and guidance for you to develop your own theatre company. Our recent graduates formed 'The 3rd Degree' and are currently working on John Godber's 'Up and Under' at the West Acre Theatre.

Module guide

Year one core modules

  • Performance Processes
  • Studio Performance
  • Performance Skills: Introduction
  • Performance Skills: Vocabularies
  • Digital Performance
  • Performance Practices

Year two core modules

  • Making Performance
  • The Body in Performance
  • New Media Performance
  • Performing Shakespeare
  • Performance Skills: Composition
  • Performance Skills: Adaptation
  • Performance Writing

Year three core modules

  • Major Project
  • Professional Practice
  • Special Subject
  • Performance and Identity
  • Devising Performance
  • Enterprise in the Creative Arts

Course Leader - Lee Griffin

I am the course leader for the BA (Hons) Performing Arts course at University Centre Peterborough (UCP). I have been teaching for 11 years and joined UCP in September 2010 as a lecturer in Community Theatre. I have been in the current course leader role since the BA (Hons) Performing Arts course was validated in 2013 and I’m now completing my Masters at Middlesex University.

During my studies, I, along with a colleague formed a theatre company that won 3 national awards for its innovation at the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF). This led to an extended tour in Edinburgh Fringe supported by the National Youth Theatre and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Really Useful Group’. I also toured at London venues and the Emerging Artist programme at the Nuffield theatre in Lancaster.  

I believe theatre should challenge, inspire and provoke reactions through interdisciplinary methods and I try to adhere by Tim Etchells Ideology ‘I ask of each performance, will I carry this event with me tomorrow? Will it change you? Will it change me? Will it change things? If not it was a waste of time?’

Entry requirements

88 UCAS tariff points

Required subjects:
3 A levels in related subjects (i.e. Theatre Studies or Performance Studies). 

GCSEs required:
3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

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