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Performing Arts BA (Hons)

Performing Arts BA (Hons)

Performing Arts at DMU is a highly practical, distinctive course that immerses you in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary practice, preparing you to enter the 21st century Performing Arts industry. 

Overview

Reasons to study Performing Arts BA (Hons) degree at DMU:

  • Highly practical, distinctive course
    that immerses you in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary practice, preparing you to enter the 21st century Performing Arts industry
  • Versatile approach
    with a focus on making performance for a range of situations, including traditional theatre spaces, film, site specific, immersive theatre, virtual worlds and installations
  • Excellent industry links
    give the opportunity to do placements and work in professional venues and with professional practitioners; previous visiting arts groups include Frantic Assembly and Imitating the Dog
  • Superb facilities
    include spacious studios and fully equipped performance spaces, and the opportunity to make and perform work in venues across Leicester and internationally
  • Your own specialist programme
    constructed from a wide range of modules across three broad themes: Contemporary Performance; Digital Performance; Applied Arts and Education  
  • International opportunity 
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

Incorporating many contemporary arts disciplines, including acting, dance, voice, physical theatre, music theatre, sound design and digital video, the course celebrates and interrogates the possibilities of live and digital arts in a range of performance contexts, from the traditional to the avant-garde.

With a focus on making performance, you are supported to develop as individual, innovative artists, able to create, perform and manage yourselves, and others, within the national and international performing arts industries. 

Follow us on Facebook DMU Performing Arts, Instagram @dmu_performingarts and Twitter @DMUPerfArts.

Scholarships:

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

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Dance BA (Hons)
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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: WW45

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: UK/EU: £9,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding: International: £11,750 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

You can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

  • 280 points from at least 2 A'levels or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ Points

Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs. including English at grade C or above.

Audition/Interview required: Yes

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 Industry links

 

First year

  • Performance and Digital Arts Lab
  • Contemporary Performance Making
  • Perspectives on Performance and Digital Arts 1
  • Managing and Marketing the Arts

Second year

  • Advanced Performance Lab
  • Performance Making in the City
  • Perspectives on Performance and Digital Arts 2

You will take all of the above modules and choose from:

  • Applied Performance
  • Devising
  • Dance Artists in Education and Community
  • Promoting Dance

Third year

Students choose from a range of modules offered from the list below. This enables students, in their final year, to specialise. Modules offered may include:

  • International Performance Project
  • Performance Company
  • Performance Research Project
  • Improvisation and Performance
  • Performance, Interaction and Digital Technologies
  • Education and the Performing Arts
  • Teaching and Leading Dance
  • Dance Management
  • Live Art
  • Music, Media and Community Arts
  • Music Industry Management
  • Media Industry Management

Structure

The degree has a strong core of modules that develop your skills in performance-making for stage and screen-based media, alongside contextual knowledge of contemporary performing arts through the 20th and 21st centuries. Around the core, you have the freedom to construct your own specialist programme within three broad themes:

Contemporary Performance
This theme includes a range of innovative contemporary practices across live and digital media.  You will develop your understanding and skills in the creation and performance of all manner of contemporary performance, including immersive theatre, site specific, music theatre and Live Art. You can do this through a range of optional modules including Devising in the second year, as well as International Performance Project, Performance Company and/or Live Art in the final year. Recent graduates who focused on this theme have gone on to the Performance Practices MA or pursued a career in performance making in the UK and overseas, including Frankie who made and toured solo work in Berlin.

Digital Performance
This theme explores the extraordinary use of digital technology in the context of live theatre, dance, interactive installation, music, gaming and internet performance and software development.  Develop the skills to make work for screen, or digital soundscapes, or even performance in the virtual world.  You can explore this theme in a range of option choices including Performance, Interaction and Digital Technologies in the third year. Recent graduates who focused on this theme include Amy and Ruth who set up a professional company delivering mixed reality workshops to schools, James who has created sound designs for several professional theatre companies, and Laura and Andrew who set up a successful theatre and media production company in the East Midlands.

Applied Arts and Education
This theme develops your understanding and skills in how arts inform and enrich our lives in community, healthcare and educational settings. Module option choices with this focus include the second-year module Applied Performance which leads on to Education and the Performing Arts in the final year. These can be combined with other specialist applied arts modules and/or a wide range of practice-based modules such as Devising or Performance Company. This prepares you for further training in teaching or applied arts careers such as leading community workshops. Recent graduates pursue careers in a broad spectrum of applied arts including Alex who works with adults with special needs in Staffordshire and Sarah who teaches performing arts at a school in Shropshire. 

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 13 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 25 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

 

Opportunities

You have many opportunities to work with visiting professional practitioners. Previous visiting artists and practitioners include Frantic Assembly, Imitating the Dog, Théâtre de Complicité, and Kyuu Theatre Company. You will also see live performances at local, national and international theatres.

There are placement opportunities in and around Leicester in education, community arts and arts management. Our excellent links with the local performing arts industry have also resulted in internships for many of our students.

Facilities and features

Performance facilities

We offer some of the finest facilities in the sector. The Performance Arts Centre for Excellence (PACE) building has two spacious dance studios and two large, fully equipped performance spaces.

There are also three further studios in the Campus Centre. You can book rehearsal space and equipment including digital video cameras, sound recording equipment and edit suites.

All these facilities are on one campus surrounded by newly developed student accommodation, and it is just a ten minutes’ walk from the city centre and cultural quarter. Here you will find Curve Theatre and the digital media centre, Phoenix Square.

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

Several third year option modules provide you with the opportunity to gain practical experience working with organisations outside of the university.  These include schools, community groups and local arts venues.

 

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#DMUglobal

There are international opportunities built into the Performing Arts degree, in order to give you an insight into artistic practices beyond the UK. A yearly visit to a European arts festival (currently in The Netherlands) enables you to see a wide range of international performance work, take part in workshops with the creators, and attend lectures with the festival organisers. A third year option module, International Performance Project, includes a week intensive in an international Performing Arts School (currently Valetta, Malta), where you immerse yourselves in the local culture and artistic practice, using this to inform the development of practical work.

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Graduate careers

This degree has employability at its heart. The interdisciplinary nature of the course equips graduates to work in a wide variety of fields such as performance, creating work, project management, teaching, research and community arts.

You will gain real-life experience of working as a creative maker, performer and manager, responsible for taking a piece of performance right through from creative brief to public performance, often in venues beyond the university campus. These experiences are hugely attractive to potential employers and invaluable for graduates who want to create their own work. Read about our graduates.

You will also be well-equipped to pursue further study at postgraduate level including the DMU Performance Practices MA or the Performance Practices MFA.

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Accommodation

We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

 
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