There are four key strands to the BA Performing Arts degree: Practice; Making; Contextual; Management.
You will undertake classes that develop practical skills in dance, drama, and digital arts (sound and image). These introduce you to a range of fundamental concepts, skills and practices. You learn about safe practice and how to acquire an effective technique to work with others, and you begin a process of critical reflection on your practice. You also begin to develop skills within digital arts practice, and are introduced to basic sound and image capturing techniques and editing software. As you progress, you deepen your engagement with practice and draw together the discrete areas of dance, drama and digital arts in an interdisciplinary way, focussing on blurring the boundaries and exploring the interplay between these areas.
You will be introduced to concepts of making, including devising, composition and choreography. An initial focus is working with new technologies and digital media to explore how live and digital performance material might be integrated. As you progress, you create work collaboratively in companies, in response to tutor-led, and student-led, briefs. You have the opportunity to undertake an individual project which could focus on the creation of original, innovative work.
Areas of theoretical and practical consideration are contemporary perspectives; cultural, social and political perspectives; textual and performance perspectives. You will develop skills in critical thinking, in gathering, structuring, synthesising and evaluating information and in academic writing and presentation. In your final year of study you will undertake in-depth, individual research into an aspect of your course in which you are especially interested.
In the first year you are introduced to some key tools that the arts manager requires in terms of marketing and communication, finance and knowledge of the broader cultural context. As you progress, you put these skills into practice, managing the development, promotion and realisation of your own collaborative work.