Performing Arts FdA and BA (Hons) Degree

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Introducing the FdA and BA (Hons) in Performing Arts!

If you’re looking for a professional, nationally recognised qualification which fully prepares you for a successful career in the Performing Arts industry, you’ve come to the right place.

Our specialist Foundation Degree (FdA) allows you to choose from two fantastic pathways:

And for when you’ve finished, our personalised one-year ‘Top-Up’ Degree, validated by Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), will enable you to top-up your Foundation Degree to a full BA (Hons) Degree, here at The College.


Why choose us?

Within your chosen pathway you’ll explore a mixture of practical and theoretical elements with a strong emphasis on integrating both, you’ll examine the work of professionals and develop your own performance skills.

Unlike many other performance and acting schools, after two years you will leave us with a nationally recognised Foundation Degree specifically tailored towards the professional, technical and practical skills you need to work in the industry. The course is validated by AUB, meaning they have given it their stamp of approval as an exceptional course.

And that's not all. When you complete your Foundation Degree, you'll also have the chance to 'Top'Up' to a full Honours Degree, here at The College. Our one-year, personalised BA (Hons) Performing Arts Degree has also validated by AUB and will give you an opportunity to continue your practical training. When you graduate, you'll also have a showreel to showcase your talents to prospective employers too.

You will train and perform in a working theatre, gaining valuable and unique work experience from day one; experience that is rarely offered at other providers. You’ll get the opportunity to work with industry professionals who visit the theatre, learning from their experience and expertise.

Did you know…James More from Britain’s Got Talent, Diversity Limitless and Illusionists2.0 completed an FdA in Contemporary Dance with us?

Ben De Wynter and the FdA Performing Arts studentsOur brand new Jellicoe Theatre presents outstanding performances every year. They are supported by an expert team of production technicians and a full technical theatre team giving you a truly professional performance experience. All of our contemporary plays and musical theatre shows are either written in house by our immensely talented resident playwright, Andrew Muir or are ‘hot off the press’ direct from the West End. Many of our dance shows have travelled to noted venues including Pavilion Dance South West.

As one of the largest Performing Arts departments in the South West region we can provide you with specialist industry knowledge . Each one of our tutors has a wealth of specialist industry experience which they embed into their teaching.