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Subject Area

Performing Arts

Start Date

September 2017

Course Length

2 Years




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Foundation Degree

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Award to be received

Foundation Degree (FdA) Drama

Regulatory Body

University of Sunderland

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FdA Drama

Who is this course for?

This programme is run in partnership with the University of Sunderland, the qualification you will receive is awarded by the University of Sunderland.

This foundation degree develops skills and knowledge that are relevant for acting, performing, theatre/event production, and theatre in education. Practical experience and performances are core elements of the course.

This course is for people who are considering a vocation within the drama industry and who wish to gain a deeper insight into theatre.

What do you need to apply for the course?

The usual requirement is 56 UCAS points from A Level/BTEC or equivalent.

All students must also have a minimum of grade C in GCSE Mathematics and English Language or an equivalent.

Other acceptable qualifications, include an appropriate Access to Higher Education course accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency.

All candidates will be interviewed and practical work will be viewed wherever appropriate and possible.

The University and College will seek to provide study opportunities on this programme to all who have the potential to benefit from them. Factors such as work experience or vocational training can be taken into account when considering an application and admissions tutors have considerable discretionary powers to assess each case on individual merit.

What are the key things you'll learn?

The course brings together theory and practice. You will be introduced to realist theatre, the methods of influential theatre practitioners and processes for turning creative ideas into stunning pieces of theatre. You will also gain expertise in directing for stage, scriptwriting and producing plays and arts events. Modules covered include:

Year 1

  • Theory of Performer Training
  • Text and Performance
  • Experimental Performance
  • Performing Arts Production 1
  • Theatre for Social Change1
  • Theatre Production 1

Year 2

  • Key Theatre Practitioners
  • Directing for Stage
  • From Page to Stage
  • Performing Arts Production 2
  • Theatre for Social Change 2
  • Theatre Production 2

How you will learn

The course is split into practical 60% and theory 40%, allowing those who wish to be performers to gain the practical experience and those who wish to take another route in the industry to be equipped with the skills and academic knowledge needed. All practical work is underpinned with academic work.

Teaching methods include creative projects, skills training, lectures, seminars, workshops and e-learning.

Assessment methods include evaluations of performances and skills, as well as coursework, essays and projects.

For full programme details please see University of Sunderland programme please click here.

Where could this course take you?

At the end of the course, you could immediately apply for roles that involve performing, teaching, arts administration or community arts.

If you choose to continue your studies at the end of the course, there is a natural progression to the BA (Hons) degree.  This would ‘top-up’ your qualification to an honours degree, with one year of additional study at a University.

What costs will you incur?

£7,500 tuition fees are per year (though there is a £1,200 fee reduction for all Sunderland College students, meaning you only pay £6,300 per year)

Other course costs: Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three instalments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.

Purchasing of course texts is optional. You will have full free access to Sunderland College Learning Centre books, journals and internet and computer use and The Murray Library at University of Sunderland.

You will be expected to provide your own pens, paper, and folders.

Students will need to purchase a pair of jazz shoes to be worn for all practical sessions the approximate cost of these shoes are £15- £25 and can be purchased from any dance shop or website.

Students will be expected to fund field trips and master classes throughout their time on the course, some of these will be mandatory and some optional. The cost of these experiences will vary from £3- £600 (£600 if the student would like to participate in the New York Trip).

Mandatory trip costs will not exceed approximately £200 per year.

Previous Student Experience

My experience on the Foundation Degree taught me a lot about disciplining myself into striving towards my personal goals. Being more independent is what I enjoyed the most about the course, and it was the high quality of the teaching that helped me to do so as well. When I had left to do my top up year, the other students in the class hadn't even explored some of the practitioners that I had. This made me realise how much I had learnt whilst on the Degree. I really enjoyed the many opportunities we had to work with professional theatre companies such as, Frantic Assembly, and the Geese Theatre Company. We were also able to watch professional productions from the North East and have after show talks with them, this helped us to broaden our networking skills. I feel that the course has developed my acting skills tremendously and I would like to still try and pursue an acting career. At the moment I am currently studying a part-time PGCE at Sunderland College.

Kate Burnikell