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Performing Arts (Performance) Theatre

Performing Arts

Key Facts

Level 5
Wakefield City Campus, Waterton Building
Start Date:
September, 2021
2 Years
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Professional development is at the heart of this course and you will have the opportunity to develop as a dramatic theatre artist in a truly creative and collaborative way. This course will provide you with the opportunity to apply your experience in the studios and in a diverse range of performance arenas. In year one you will develop performance and theatre skills in a supported forum.


In year two you will develop industry practices further, building on your previous experiences and exploring your own lines of enquiry to help develop you as a performing arts practitioner. Through engagement with industry professionals you will experience and gain first-hand knowledge and understanding to enhance you studies.

Through practical classes you will develop a wide range of performance techniques that are drawn from world-renowned practitioners and theorists enabling you to become a versatile practitioner. You will use this knowledge to truly understand the role of the performer and the relationship between you and the audience and the material being presented. The course is designed to give you the necessary skills to become proactive about your own career progression, building the confidence and ability to plan and deliver workshops, direct your own performances, devising and creative writing skills, teamwork and build a solid understanding of how the industry works.

Underpinning the practical aspects of the course is the exploration of theoretical concepts of performance and its creation and presentation. You will perform in two full scale productions a year that will see you apply techniques and develop your stagecraft. You will be expected to work with fellow students in a supportive and creative manner, often working with the director to develop performance work and your own understanding of how you make theatre works and take them from the page to the stage.

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used to encourage and facilitate your creative and artistic development and bring together practice and theory. Independent and collaborative learning will be encouraged through use of practical workshops, interactive lectures, resource-based learning, individual and group work, tutorials, discussion, critiques, performances, and rehearsals. You’ll also get to experience guest lectures from industry professionals and take part in workshops with top companies.

Skill development in singing, dance, acting & musicality is at the core of everything you will do. In addition, you will also learn to become a ‘thinking and analytical’ performer with a breadth of knowledge relating to both the performing arts industry and related contextual studies. You will see the latest productions, perform in shows and work alongside industry professionals in order to gain a perspective of industry practice and to keep abreast of what’s happening in your particular field of study. This course is the first step on the ladder to success in one of the most exciting, rewarding and creative industries.

Professional development, industry standard training and academic study are at the core of this course, whether you wish to become a performer, a community arts practitioner, a teacher, or a combination of all three.  The HND Musical Theatre course offers students the opportunity to develop as original artists while gaining a respected and valuable qualification. Close links with the Theatre Royal Wakefield, working West End professionals, a range of theatre visits and an annual residential trip are among the highlights of this exciting and dynamic course.

Course Features
  • Brand new facilities
  • Industry-led workshops with professional practitioners

Course Structure

The Performing Arts Industry, Professional Development, Acting 1, Voice and Speech for Actors, Acting for Camera, Movement for Actors, Devising Theatre and Performance, Stagecraft.

Units can change according to reflecting industry trends or project designs.

Decisions like this are taken at the discretion of the course leader and are not optional.

Working in the Performing Arts Industry, Creative Research Project, Acting 2, Immersive Theatre, Directing, Performance Project, Working in Creative Education.

Units can change according to reflecting industry trends or project designs.

Decisions like this are taken at the discretion of the course leader and are not optional.


Entry Requirements

Minimum 64 UCAS tariff points from A Levels or a Level 3 diploma in a related subject.


An Access course in  a related subject.

GCSE Grade C or above in English Language (or equivalent qualification) is required.

Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this course.

All applicants are required to audition consisting of an interview, 1 two-minute contemporary monologue and 1 two-minute classical theatre monologue, and a theatre critique.


Points Required

If you’re applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Take a Tour

Waterton Building & Mechanic’s Theatre

Fees & Funding

£6,950 per year.

Course Costs Included in the fees

What the College provides for your tuition fees.


  • Induction Week course activities 
  • Teaching and technical instruction 
  • Access to, and use of relevant workshops and equipment 
  • Access to, and use of relevant equipment in studios, including computers
  • Materials used as part of timetabled workshop inductions 
  • Access to, and use of recycled materials within workshop areas 
  • Access to Academic Registry and Student Support 
  • Access to Careers Advice 
  • Access to the Library and associated resources 
  • Some local study visits 
  • Performance opportunities 
  • Discounted entry at Theatre Royal Wakefield and a range of shops and venues around the City 

Course Costs Not Included in the Fees

Not included:

Equipment for your personal or private use.

Day-to-day items you may need as part of your personal, portable toolkit. Materials for producing your own work beyond inductions.

Books for your personal or private use outside key course texts available in the Library. Study visits, unless specified, course and personal equipment. We advise Performing Arts students to invest in a basic set of equipment to help get started on the course. Depending on your specialism this equipment will inevitably vary; for example, as a student of Theatre, you may give some thought to investing in a range of suitable movement wear and stationery.

We would encourage you to give some consideration to this before starting your course with us, and your future Course Leader will be happy to advise you regarding any queries you may have before starting your course with us. Due to the choice and diversity of materials for Performing Arts practice, it is not possible to generalise about the costs that you might incur. Course requirements will largely determine the amount which you need to budget. For theatre visits or visiting practitioners your costs will not normally exceed £200.

You will be expected to contribute to the purchasing of costumes for which you will have ownership of, this will not normally exceed £50 You will be provided with a reading list, these titles are available in our college library.

If you chose to purchase your own copies, you can buy used or new from websites such as Amazon. Information regarding suppliers of related services and materials within the region can be easily obtained from the internet or academic staff within the College.

The following costs should be used as a guide only. 

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

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email:

Other Financial Support

The government provides financial assistance to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. To find out more, visit the website at:


Careers in the performing arts industry include being a performer, deviser, community arts worker, arts manager, writer, director, teacher, or entrepreneur. Previous students have set up their own theatre companies or work as freelance Practitioners.

This course is recognised as a qualification in its own right or can be combined with a top-up degree to obtain a full honours degree like our BA (Hons) Performance Industries course. Alternatively, you can study a PGCE or Certificate in Education to progress to teaching.

The course is incredibly engaging and allows me to experience a lot of different styles of acting and techniques, putting theory into practice. It has allowed me to be experimental with the practice of such techniques and has freed me up as a performer. I am constantly pushed further and further to develop my skills, not just to fulfil assessment criteria, but to prepare me for the industry.

Alex Colley
HND Performing Arts (Performance) Theatre