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Performing arts reputation

The course is centred on producing creative and high quality performance work in a number of contexts that relate to the performing arts industry. During the first year of the course you will receive an initial grounding in the core techniques of acting, dance and singing. You can then select pathways to specialise in advanced approaches to drama and acting or dance performance (or opt for a mixture of modules in both) throughout your three years of study.

UCAS code: W47A

UCAS code: W47A

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A range of performance styles and significant practitioners in contemporary and modern performance will be explored in both theory and practice, providing students with a wealth of ideas and approaches to draw upon in the creation and staging of their own work. Students will also learn about performing for the camera using industry standard equipment and technology (including our specialist green screen studio).

In the final year of study students will collaborate with a professional theatre company on a full-scale production, where they take on both a performance role and a production or administrative role. Students will also complete a research project on the performing arts topic of their choice, with the option of using practical work as part of their research.

Optional modules during the Degree cover classical theatre acting, dance technique, performing arts in education, and performance and media. There are also optional independent project modules that allow students to focus on and further develop a particular area of interest, for example directing, acting, choreography, arts administration, or teaching. In their final year, this module also offers the opportunity for students to carry out a work placement in the performing arts sector.

Click here to hear what our staff and students have to say about Performing Arts degrees at BMC.

Entry Requirements

  • Year 1: 88 UCAS points. Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant topic or 3 A levels (1 x Drama preferred)
  • Year 2: 120 Credits at Level 4 in relevant subject. A bridging assignment may be required


3 years

Start Date


Year 1 Modules

  • Performance Skills
  • Performance Practitioners
  • Company Performance
  • Contemporary Performance 1
  • Acting Techniques
  • Dance Techniques 1

Year 2 Modules

  • Devising
  • Contemporary Performance 2
  • Performance for Screen
  • Performing Arts in Education
  • Classical Theatre
  • Dance Techniques 2
  • Independent Project 1

Year 3 Modules

  • Professional Performance Project
  • Research Project
  • Digital Performance
  • Performing Text
  • Performing Dance
  • Independent Project 2
  • Performing Arts in the Community

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The primary mode of assessment on this course is practical performance work and the main productions in each year take place in our 340 seat professional theatre. Practical assessments also take the form of studio based performance and performance for the camera. In addition to practical work, students are assessed via presentations and written coursework (e.g. essays).


The course provides progression into performing (acting or dance), teaching, post-graduate study, or other areas of work in the performing arts sector (including community or applied theatre or dance work).

Enrichment and Employability

There is a number of exciting enrichment opportunities available to students studying on this degree course. These include our annual Shakespeare theatre project where students stage a play at the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Students can participate in a number of dance projects including becoming a member of our student Dance Theatre Company: Pork Pie.

There are also biannual trips to New York, where students can experience live performing arts shows in this exciting international city.


The Creative and Service Industries Campus at Melton


£7,500 per year

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