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BA (Hons)
Performing Arts (Film TV and Stage)

There has never been a more exciting time to enter the performing arts. As well as stage and film, this course will explore digital technology and emerging media platforms from the perspective of a performer. As well as creating a series of shows and films, you’ll also set up your own theatre company.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: WW45

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

This diverse degree programme will train you in a variety of performance skills and techniques. You’ll develop a broad understanding of the industry and spend time focusing on all aspects of production. We’re looking for self-motivated and enthusiastic applicants who can demonstrate a strong interest in the arts.

What will this course cover?
During this course you will study a number of practical modules and learn physical and vocal performance skills. You’ll be taught by a number of professional experts and once you master the core elements of performing, you’ll begin to look at unusual and experimental approaches to performance.

In the theoretical and practical perspectives modules, you’ll look at the various ways that performance can be conceived and consider its importance in society.

Throughout this degree you’ll create a series of shows, films, short scenes and devised performances. In your third year, you’ll set-up your own theatre company and devise a production that you will manage from conception through to venue booking, marketing and performance.

You can take optional modules, which give you the chance to specialise in an area of your choosing. This could be directing for performance, devising and writing or arts marketing. You’ll also be able to learn about how to work with cameras and gain invaluable knowledge of editing and filming.

Our lecturing team have a wealth of industry and academic experience and will nurture your learning and professional development throughout your time with us. We place performance at the centre of this course. This makes sure you get a much better understanding of the practices that surround film, stage and television performances.

Perform at professional venues
This performing arts degree benefits from strong industry links, that include the High Wycombe Swan Theatre and London’s Courtyard Theatre. In your third year, you’ll have the opportunity to perform at one of these professional venues.

You’ll be able to explore a variety of performance opportunities through Bucks and work on a number of exciting projects. Previous students have worked with Station House Opera and Dreamthinkspeak on interactive and site-specific theatre.

A hive of collaboration
As well as taking part in a number of workshops, you’ll also have the chance to collaborate with students from other courses. This may include working on projects with those studying Film and TV Production or the Audio and Music programmes.

Year One

  • Performance Skills 1
  • Introduction to Production
  • Performance Theory and Practice
  • Performance and Screen

Year Two

  • Performance Skills 2
  • Film & Theatre Production
  • Theoretical & Practical Perspectives 1
  • Theoretical and Practical Perspectives 2
  • Directing for Performance
  • Arts Marketing and Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Devising and Writing

Year Three

  • Strategic Professional Practice
  • Independent Production
  • Transferable and Employability Skills
  • Viva and Research Proposal
  • Performing Arts Practical Dissertation
  • Performing Arts Written Dissertation

How will I be taught and assessed?

Assessment is varied; catering for different learning styles and enabling you to develop a wide range of academic and performance skills.

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 200-240. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

All suitable candidates will be invited to discuss their work during an audition and interview that will last approximately 15 minutes. The interviewing tutor will be looking for:

  • the ability to articulate your views on your own work
  • a commitment and enthusiasm for the subject
  • the potential for sustained professional development
  • the ability to form and present opinions on other performing art work, either as a performer or audience member.

Your audition piece

At interview, you will be required to perform one short monologue (either modern or classical) lasting between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes. You should prepare your piece from a relevant source of your choice. The chosen piece needs to be prepared in advance of the audition so it is ready to be performed on the day. The audition is an opportunity to show your skills and development potential in these areas. However it is more important that you display the correct attitude, rather than aptitude. All candidates will also need to display their motivation, enthusiasm and work ethic.

What you must bring with you

For the audition please ensure that you are wearing appropriate clothes and footwear. Formal attire is not required.

Information for overseas students

Please note, students who live overseas and are unable to attend an interview/audition should submit a DVD of the above piece. The chosen piece needs to be prepared in advance, recorded and sent over to us electronically at least one week before your interview slot. Your audition piece can be emailed to admissions@bucks.ac.uk. A telephone or Skype interview will be conducted during your allocated slot. Please ensure that you email the contact details that will be used to carry out your interview to admissions@bucks.ac.uk along with your electronic portfolio.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,000 per year
Full-time International: £9,500 per year

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Information on making an application through UCAS is available on our Applicants' pages.

If you are an international student, visit our international students section.

What are my career prospects?

When you finish this course you’ll have become a thinking practitioner in the performing arts. You’ll have also developed the necessary skills and experience for a successful career across the arts and media sectors. As well as acting and performance, this might include working in drama therapy, theatre in education, outreach groups and arts marketing. Former students enjoy careers in performance, and have taken further training to set up their own theatre companies or become teachers.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.