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Leicester College

Performing Arts

UCAS Code: W410

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

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Course option

2years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Performing arts

This dynamic one-year course has been designed to provide a professionally focused, industry-based training and preparation for those with interests in acting, movement, dance and vocal training. Whether your interests are in musical theatre, classical theatre, contemporary theatre or physical theatre this course provides opportunities to strengthen your skills for all genres of performance.

You will learn physical and vocal performance skills as well as looking in-depth at a range of acting and performance techniques. Devising, rehearsing, making and performing work is at the centre of the programme with essential professional development skills which support the practical experience.

As a performing arts department, we have excellent links with a number of supporting organisations and theatres including Curve Theatre, Leicester. You will be taught by our faculty staff in dance, acting and musical theatre as well as receiving a vibrant range of master classes and workshops by visiting practitioners.

The HNC will be delivered in part within the College’s professional city centre performance venue, the Sue Townsend Theatre, a fully equipped 250 seat theatre.
The course will provide: a curriculum of classes in acting, singing and movement in a range of genres, preparation for further study and the performing arts workplace, a fully equipped professional performance space at The Sue Townsend Theatre and college dance studios where the course is delivered and academic support and resources at TEF Gold standard.

Modules

The programme aims to provide relevant work-ready skills for the Creative Industries. The FD Acting will be delivered in part through professional project models which reflect the modern multi-skilled approach essential to the development of portfolio, freelance or employed career. Emphasis will be placed on the development of practical acting skills, to compliment the College’s significant strengths in Performing Arts and Contemporary Music. The FD will remain purposefully broad to ensure maximum employability. Module content will source Movement, Voice and Acting for Camera, and combine leading edge production skills and work based learning. Core to the programme are Business Skills, ensuring that all modules address the development of a sustainable career. The FD in Acting will be delivered in part in the National Skills Academy situated at the College’s professional city centre performance venue, the Sue Townsend Theatre.

Assessment methods

The work is assessed in a variety of ways. Practical assessments take the form of studio/theatre-based performance. In addition to practical work, students are assessed via presentations and written coursework (e.g. portfolios, essays).

The final grade on your DMU certificate at the end of this course follows the standard University Foundation Degree classification system of Distinction, Merit and Pass.

The Uni


Course location:

Abbey Park Campus

Department:

Performing Arts and Music

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