BA (Hons)

2018 entry

BA Performance is an exciting new course which incorporates a wide range of performance skills and techniques. Bridging the gap between conventional theatre and contemporary live performance enhanced by new technology, collaboration and diverse performance experiences, our course prepares you for a career in performance in its widest sense.

Through both theoretical and practical study, you’ll learn to perform for theatre and also experience how techniques for filming are different, exploring first-hand how digital technologies can enhance and expand your performance choices as well as the audience experience.

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Length of study:

Three years full-time


September 2018


UCA Rochester

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Course overview:

You’ll study a wide range of acting/performance, dance/movement and singing/vocal techniques, and discover how to get work seen both in and out of the theatre. As well as allowing you to develop practical performance experience in the rehearsal room, TV studio and on location, the course also teaches you valuable business acumen, including marketing and managing artists and event management.

Based at our Rochester campus, you’ll benefit from our close ties with the nearby Maidstone TV Studios, giving you the opportunity to establish unique creative partnerships with other UCA students (especially the Creative Design for Film and Theatre students) and make the most of our extensive links with the film and television industry.

The course will equip you with the skills and business knowledge that you need to succeed in this highly competitive industry, encouraging you to be experimental and create your own original work which will give you the confidence you need to progress from your degree to the workplace.

Course content - 2018 entry

In the first year, you'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. On the course you’ll learn the technical and conceptual skills that will give you a solid foundation from which to explore your areas of specialist activity.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Performance Skills 1

  • Performing & Text

  • Multimedia & Visual Performance

  • Make ‘em Laugh Laboratory

  • Exploding the Play

The second year focus is on finding your own specialist way of working and you’ll be encouraged and supported to start working more independently. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Performance Skills 2

  • Directing & Text

  • Applied Theatre

  • Change the World Laboratory

  • Making the Play

  • Study Abroad with Host Institution

The third year will see you achieve a greater level of independence with self-managed research, study and practice, resulting in a final major project and a written dissertation.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Performance

  • Research & Individual Practice

  • Professional Development

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

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International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

How to apply - 2018 entry

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Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

As a leading creative arts university, we want to attract the best and most creative minds in the country – so we take a balanced approach to candidate assessment, taking both individual portfolios and exam results into account. 

That’s why your portfolio is an especially important part of your application to study with us – and we can help. Our academics can offer you expert advice on how to showcase your creative work and build a portfolio that will make your application stand out. More advice on how to create an exceptional portfolio is also available here.

Entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

Your portfolio

We may invite you to attend an Applicant Day. There may also be an audition stage for this course.

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