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Performing Arts with Integrated Foundation Year

University of Sunderland
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree

About this program

Performing Arts with Integrated Foundation Year

This is a four-year version of our popular BA (Hons) Performing Arts course, with an integrated foundation year. Learn to be a versatile performing artist. Personalise your studies to suit your evolving interests and aspirations. Become a confident, experienced, industry ready professional.

Study in a multidisciplinary way - which you will know is reflective of the industry. Experiment with new things, create a personal pathway with a focus on dance, drama or musical theatre or a mix of all three. Personalise your studies to suit your evolving interests and aspirations. Build the necessary skills to succeed in higher education, recognise your own strengths and idiosyncrasies and establish yourself as an employable practitioner.

Admission requirements

Normally a minimum of three Level 2 qualifications (NVQ, GCSE or equivalent), including Maths and English at grade C or above** and a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A or AS Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent) OR

Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.

English Language Requirements

We accept a wide range of English language qualifications. The standard of English language required varies between courses so please check each course page carefully.

If English is not your first language you should have at least one of the following qualifications (or equivalent) as a minimum.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

You need an overall score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) will also be accepted if the applicant’s element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Foundation Year

The Creative Industries: Arts, Design, Performance, Media Production Integrated Foundation Year includes five modules:

  • Foundations of Art, Design, Performance and Media Production
  • Foundation Project
  • Practical Numeracy Skills
  • Introduction to Creative Practice

Year 1:

Core modules:

  • Ensemble Performance
  • Performance and Me
  • Performance Showcase

Year 2:

Core modules:

  • Cabaret Experimental Practices Mid Showcase Presentation
  • Optional modules (choose three):
  • Dance Composition and Performance
  • Arts Identity and Industry
  • From Page to Stage
  • Stage 2 Musical Theatre – Practice

Final year:

Core module:

  • Final Showcase

Optional modules:

  • Creative Enterprise Project
  • Commercial Tour
  • Independent Study
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Multi-Platform Performance

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, Please visit university website for more information.


The annual fee for this course is £9,250 if you are from the UK/Ireland/EU settled/pre-settled.

Career paths

You will gain highly transferable skills in communication, presentation and collaboration with others. These skills, together with a track record of creativity and innovative thinking, provide a valuable advantage when it comes to applying for many different fields of employment.

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University of Sunderland

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University of Sunderland

Edinburgh Building, City Campus, Chester Road
SR1 3SD Sunderland

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