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Bath Spa University

Performing Arts

UCAS Code: UCW2

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,D,D

One A Level should be in a subject related to the degree course.

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

Should be in a subject related to the degree course.

UCAS Tariff

80

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Drama

Delivered in partnership with The Brighton Academy, this BA (Hons) Performing Arts has a practical focus. You'll develop singing and voice techniques including accent work, and establish a personal acting process that responds to a variety of professional working scenarios.

Modules will develop key skills in acting, singing, and dancing, while simultaneously beginning the initial formative stage of developing a portfolio of solo performances in a variety of genres.

Public performance opportunities will test your ability to work collaboratively, by connecting your work as a performer with other production elements. These collaborative projects require you to work at industry standard and within professional recognised timeframes. You'll graduate with a series of tools and strategies to prepare you for a performance career, and further study, if desired.

Modules

Year one
You'll be introduced to key practitioners and processes that underpin performer training. You'll develop devising, movement, vocal, and acting skills for working effectively as members of an ensemble and as a solo performer. We initiate the principles of academic approaches of practice as research, analysis, and critique at this level.

Year two
The second year builds your knowledge of interpretation, analysis, and text performance. As a performer/actor/creator, you'll develop an understanding and application of a range of theatrical approaches, practitioners, and dramaturgical choices, to make meaningful and imaginative work. Critical theory develops your academic and cognitive skills and ongoing technical classes in acting for camera and solo performance training expand your skills in preparation for year three.

Year three
This is your professional practice year. You'll engage in professional projects, in which you'll collaborate with peers, industry practitioners, and professional venues. You'll learn about professional and commercial practice, acquiring the skills to be a self-starting entrepreneurial performance practitioner. You'll also hone your skills and knowledge for a range of employment scenarios.

Assessment methods

You'll be taught through a range of activities including lectures, workshops, seminars, skills classes, rehearsals, tutorials, work placements, theatre visits, and theatre productions.

Assessment tasks could take the form of:

Public performances
In-class performances of devised or published work
Oral presentations
Critical reflection
Working as part of an ensemble
Individual and group research projects.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£7,500
per year
England
£7,500
per year
EU
£7,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£7,500
per year
Scotland
£7,500
per year
Wales
£7,500
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Brighton Academy of Performing Arts

University Centre Weston

Department:

College of Liberal Arts

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Drama

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,016
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Other elementary services occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Drama

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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