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HND Performing Arts


Creative communication is central to the programme of study, encouraging actors to develop a range of skills that will enhance their employability in the industry.

Acting for camera, directing, outreach drama, classical, contemporary and voice and speech are explored practically, with underpinning knowledge and research to support and guide the creative pulse of each project.

The HND in Performing Arts would appeal to those with a high level of commitment and a professional approach to practical work and personal development. You may also have the opportunity to go on local, national or foreign trips to broaden creative horizons, experiencing performing arts at work in a variety of contexts.

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Entry requirements

To start this course, you will need to have successfully completed a minimum of one of the following:

  • At least 64 UCAS points (160 points as per 2016 tariff) at A Level in appropriate subjects.
  • Appropriate BTEC National Extended Diploma with MMM profile or above.
  • Alternatively, we will consider substantive experience in a relevant field. 

We normally require three GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above, including English language. English at Level 2 is an essential requirement and maths at Level 2 is desirable.

Please note that maths at Level 2 is required for progression onto the BA (Hons) Applied Studies (Theatre) (top-up) award or other programme beyond a HND course.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the finance and funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

Additional costs: Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Essential: Between £100-£300 on books. Up to £100 on performances, events, etc.

In addition, students may need access to equipment, hardware and some software outside of college hours.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20192 yr(s)1173D1104£7000.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is a two-year full-time course. Participation in some evening performances also forms a necessary part of the HND. There may also be sessions and workshops held in the early evenings. You will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and work outside the classroom.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods are varied and include written reports, presentations, critiques, portfolios, practical workshops and performances.

What does the course lead to?

Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress into a range of career and employment opportunities, including arts administration, community theatre, theatre design, theatre in education and television and radio.

You could also establish your own theatre company, giving you the opportunity to perform, direct and manage a creative team.

What will I study?

Core units:

  • Creative Arts Research Skills
  • Creative Arts Professional Practice
  • Preparation, Process and Production in the Creative Arts

Other units:

  • Voice and Speech Development and Practice
  • Alternative Approaches to Acting
  • Classical Acting
  • Outreach Drama
  • Acting for Camera
  • Theatre Directing
  • Small Scale Touring in the Performing Arts
  • Applied Contemporary Performance Practice
  • Development of Acting Skills
  • Historical Contexts in the Performing Arts
  • Managing a Creative Business
  • Naturalistic Acting

Module titles may change.

What can I go on to study?

  • Upon successful completion you may wish to progress on to a top-up award at a university. Further study options will be subject to entry requirements.
  • Alternatively, you could progress into a range of career and employment opportunities including arts administration, community theatre, theatre design, theatre in education, and television or radio.
  • Or why not create your own theatre company, giving you the opportunity to perform, direct and manage a team?

How do I apply?

Apply online


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