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BA Hons

Performance Industries (Top-up)

Performing Arts

Key Facts

Level 6
Wakefield City Campus
Start Date:
September, 2021
1 Year
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This Performance Industries BA Hons Top-up is designed to follow on from most music-related foundation degree pathways. This can include music performance, music production, music technology or similar courses.

The BA (Hons) Performance Industries is a top-up course designed for those who have an interest in the Performance Arts and who already hold a Foundation Degree, a Higher National Diploma or an equivalent higher level qualification in a related subject.

The course aims to build on students’ skills, knowledge, and experience of their performance specialism (Popular Music, Performing Arts, Musical Theatre, or Dance) in order to prepare them for employment within the Performance based strand of the Creative Industries. It combines work-based learning with academic study and aims to develop students’ existing skills and knowledge of the standards and expectations of the industry. It also aims to enhance students’ general and creative skills.

Learning will be enhanced by links with the Theatre Royal Wakefield, working professionals, a range of educational and industrial visits, and subject specialist performance based workshops. Students will also be given the opportunity to enhance their skills via a range of subject specialism performances throughout the year. The programme is designed to focus on the individual.

Distinctive Features:

  • Professional development and employability is at the heart of the programme in both its design and delivery.
  • Enhanced learning through subject specialist performance based workshops and performances that are delivered by subject specialist tutors, professional performers and industry based practitioners.
  • The Industry Experience module allows students to undertake a work placement in a relevant area of the Performance Industries, to establish direct links with industry personnel, and to gain an understanding of an organisation’s working practices.
  • The development of responsibility, autonomy and self-motivation in the development of an industry based personalised career portfolio.
  • Strong focus on the active learner and the embedding of the development and practice of this skill in order to aid the transition from ‘student’ of the Performance Industries to ‘practitioner’.
Course Features
  • Brand new facilities
  • Industry-standard facilities at our centre for performing arts in the Waterton Building, which includes The Mechanics’ Theatre
  • Live and industry-linked performances and projects

Course Structure

An exploration of the theoretical concepts associated with Performing Arts or Popular Music underpins the practical aspects of the course. Through practical classes you will develop a wide range of performance techniques drawn from world-renowned practitioners and theorists enabling you to become a versatile performer.

Areas you’ll explore include the historical development of creative industries, professional development, and preparation, process and production.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to apply your experience in the studios in a diverse range of performance arenas such as community-based contexts, performance projects, and theatre-based performances.

Entry Requirements

Performance-based foundation degree, HND, or other Level 5 qualification (minimum grade of 50%) or Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this course All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview and audition and all students must complete a minimum of 75 hours placement over the course of the year.

Students who have not previously completed a Level 5 research module may be required to undertake a short bridging module at the start of the programme which is designed to ensure that students are able to undertake the academic demands of Level 6 study.

Fees & Funding


Course Costs Included in the fees


Course Costs Not Included in the Fees


The everyday costs of studying at University Centre at Wakefield College that apply to all students include:

  • Travel: costs associated with travelling to and from campus. This could be bus or train fares, costs associated with running a car including car parking charges.
  • Consumables: folders, pads, pens.
  • Printing/photocopying: most written assignments are submitted via Turnitin but there are occasions where you may be required to submit work in a printed format e.g. dissertation. There are on campus printing/photocopy facilities across college and binding and additional services in the college library.
  • Subsistence: the campus has food outlets where students can purchase meals, drinks and snacks. Water dispensers are available around the campus for students to refill reusable bottles at no cost.
Bursaries and scholarships

For more information visit our Higher Education funding page.

Other Financial Support

For more information visit our Higher Education funding page.


Performing arts degrees combine creative talent with practical aspects of self-promotion and arts management. This mix of disciplines is good preparation for entering the world of performance.

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

The course will enable students to undertake a Post Graduate qualification.


BA Hons Performance Industries (Top-up)