PERFORMING ARTS

BA (HONS)

Overview

BRICTT’s BA (Hons) in Performing Arts will provide a unique balance between the essential practical skills required for a sustained career in the performing arts and the cognitive and academic requirements of a course delivered at this level.

In an industry where all three disciplines of singing, dancing and acting are of equal importance across many genres, our approach will ensure that successful graduates leave with the necessary attributes to exploit a wide range of employment opportunities.

It’s clear that graduates not only need to be talented and professionally trained, but should also be fully equipped with the wider personal attributes required to face the challenges they’ll encounter when embarking upon a career in the Performing Arts Industry – qualities such as mental resilience, positive health and wellbeing, time and stress management skills, and more.

These areas will be embedded throughout the course, with a firm spotlight placed upon them in the final year; and specifically during the portfolio of final performances students will be required to undertake.

The key to sustaining a career as an actor is the ability to create your own work. Graduates will be informed practitioners, gaining support through rigorous academic and critical studies, with a clear creative vision honed through the production of a wide range of original work. Graduate destinations include, but are not limited to: the West End, touring, commercials, cruise ships, film, TV, Theatre in Education (TIE) and Fringe.

The BA (Hons) in Performing Arts is designed by the industry for the industry, and will be delivered by a faculty all still working in the entertainment business today. Students will receive over 30 hours of contact time (plus practice time) each week, and this work ethic, discipline and dedication to the course will prepare students for the competitive and fast-paced creative arts industry. Small classes and regular individual sessions with the highest calibre tutors, directors, choreographers, casting directors and actors will ensure students engage with current industry practices.

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• 2017/2018 Fees We have applied for designation for the course from the Department for Education and are waiting for a decision. Until the decision is received we are unable to confirm the availability of student support.

Year 1

Subject to change

  • Entertainment Business

    This module will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the workings of the performance industry, and explore the logistical and financial implications of bringing creative endeavour to public attention. Students will study production management, public and private financing, grant sourcing and crowd funding, budgets, marketing and promotion, performance rights and PRS, contracts, venue hire, health and safety, insurance and risk management. A study skills element is included, designed to develop the academic abilities needed for Higher Education study. Students will be assessed through various written submissions.

  • Technical Theatre in Practice

    This module is designed to provide an evolving understanding of the technical workings of theatre to empower students to take control of their creative identities. Students will explore the basic technical building blocks of theatre including set design, set making, costume design, lighting and sound. Students will be assessed through e-portfolio based presentations.

  • Drama Techniques

    This module is designed to develop students’ technical ability in drama in an applied way, and facilitate enhancement of drama, practice and vocabulary. Topics covered include: text analysis, contextual studies, physical theatre/movement, improvisation, and character study. Students will also develop a level of self-awareness and explore how to make corrections. A disciplined approach to regular practice will be essential. This module is assessed through solo and group performances.

  • Dance Techniques

    This module is designed to develop technical ability in dance an applied way, and facilitate enhancement of dance practice and vocabulary. A range of dance techniques will be explored including: ballet, tap, contemporary, commercial and creative movement. A disciplined approach to regular practice will be essential. This module is assessed through solo and group performances.

  • Vocal Techniques

    This module is designed to develop technical ability in voice in an applied way, and facilitate enhancement of vocal practice and vocabulary. Students will study how the anatomy and physiology of the speaking and singing voice works, enabling a healthy, reliable and versatile technique. Topics include repertoire singing, choral singing, harmony singing, performing as an ensemble and acting through song. Students will also explore elementary music theory, keyboard skills and sight reading. This module is assessed through solo and group performances.

Year 2

Subject to change

  • Cultural Perspectives (Acting & Performance)

    This module aims to provide an introduction to the history and development of the performing arts. It encourages students to analyse the key economic, social and technological changes that shaped the growth and development of theatre, film and television, evaluating the impact of key productions and styles and apply this learning to their own creative practice. This module will be assessed through the submission of written essays.

  • Research Methods

    The ability to carry out research is an invaluable resource for performers who wish to develop informed ideas, viable artistic projects and a realistic production plan. On this module, students undertake a research project using a variety of research methods. Students evidence their research through written assessments.

  • Applied Dance Techniques

    This module focuses on an increased level of dance training across all the core disciplines covered in Year 1 with the inclusion of the skills needed for dancing in TV commercials and films. Students will be assessed through simulated audition scenarios and a written reflective work.

  • Applied Drama Techniques

    The focus in drama moves to beyond the 4th wall, working on non-naturalistic styles of performing. Students will learn to be forensic about character study through the explorations of texts from Shakespeare and other relevant practitioners, as well as more contemporary writers. As the year progresses, students will explore the practical techniques required for film and TV work. Students will be assessed through simulated audition scenarios and a written reflective work.

  • Applied Vocal Techniques

    This module focuses on an increased level of vocal training, and will include studio and live recordings. Students will continue with music theory and keyboard skills, with additional focus on how to compose and effectively transcribe and communicate their creative ideas. Students will be assessed through simulated audition scenarios and a written reflective work.

Year 3

Subject to change

  • Analytical Perspectives (Acting and Performance)

    Most successful entrepreneurs and industry professionals are keenly aware of the traditions in which they perform and of current developments in popular culture. Creative artists and entrepreneurs employ such knowledge to produce innovative and potentially impactful material. This module casts a critical eye over contemporary popular culture, giving students indispensable tools to approach their own projects in creative and original ways. Students produce an extended essay on a topic of their own choice.

  • Professional Development (Acting and Performance)

    Students are encouraged to consider and facilitate their own personal and business development, an essential activity for dancers, singers and actors alike. The module will take students through the stages of identifying professional development needs, with specific topics covered including effective team working, stress management, time management and goal setting. Assessment will be portfolio based, including self and peer assessment.

  • Solo Performance Portfolio

    A high-level performance module based on the development of solo performance skills for actors, dancers and vocalists. Students perform a self-devised solo piece to include all three disciplines, while showcasing their individual strengths. Students are also assessed in a reflective essay, comparing it to professional expectations, critically assessing their progress and attainment, and making recommendations for future professional development.

  • Ensemble Performance Project

    The culmination of the students’ experience of rehearsing and staging performances through-out the course, will be a series of productions in their final year of study. Topics covered in the rehearsal period for these shows will include script analysis and character creation, motivation and development, as well as effective rehearsal technique for ensemble work. Students will be assessed on their ability to prepare for a role with limited preparation time, and how effectively they respond to direction to work efficiently and cooperatively in rehearsal situations.

  • Production Project

    Building on the skills and knowledge acquired in previous production focused modules, Production Project aims to equip students with the organisational skills necessary to conceive, plan, promote and carry out a creative collaborative production. Throughout these classes the emphasis will be on developing the entrepreneurial abilities and transferrable skills needed to create their own artistic and innovative productions, which might include live performances, events, short films, TIE, radio broadcasts, fringe etc. Students will be set tasks aimed at creating effective teams to develop realistic (SMART) projects. Students will be assessed on a project proposal, an e-portfolio of supporting evidence of the actual production, and a reflective element where they identify recommendations for future working practice.

Entry requirements:

Minimum requirements

The minimum requirements to study for the BA (Hons) in Performing Arts is 2 x A Levels at Grade E or above, or equivalent, plus 5 x GCSE’s at Grade D or above (to include English).

All applicants will be required to attend an audition and demonstrate their ability in dance, drama and singing. We’re not expecting you to be proficient in all three – just a bit of star quality!

After this course:

Progression

Graduates can progress directly to employment in the performing arts industry in roles such as Acting, Dancing & Singing.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance:
Full-time
Length of course:
3 Years
Degree-awarding body:
University of Sussex
Delivery organisation:
BRICTT
UCAS code:
To be confirmed
Language of study:
English
Final award:
BA (HONS) in Performing Arts
Admissions criteria:
By assessment