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BA (Hons) Performing Arts

Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Music and Performance

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

Working across traditional disciplines of drama, music and dance, this exciting and innovative course responds to the creative industry demands of today by developing artists who will graduate as multi-skilled creative producers and practitioners.

*Subject to validation

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

W470

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk

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Diverse degree

This new degree is a practical based course ideal for students who wish to create their own work and explore the disciplines of Acting, Dance and Music.

Big aspirations

Students are encouraged and supported to form their own performing arts companies and become theatre-makers making  innovative, original and engaging work for today’s audiences. 

Specialist equipment

The course is taught by a team of industry professionals in purpose-built studios in the creative hub of east London.

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Simon Robershaw

Dean of the School of Arts and Digital Industries

Flexibility, professionalism and artistic rigour are at the heart of everything we do in performing arts at the University of East London.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarship - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarship - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,100
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry Requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Applicants will be expected to attend an audition and an interview.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY

Applicants need to come prepared to move in comfortable clothing and to participate in a practical workshop session. Please also read the set reading in advance of the audition day. You may wish to bring notes with you of any points that you find particularly interesting, or would like to ask questions about. Following the workshops, each student will have a short individual interview.

Our auditions are conducted through a relaxed and playful approach with the goal of both parties getting to know each other. We are looking for students who are able to engage with others in an experimental and creative environment, and who have the foundational skills needed to thrive in a higher education setting. You do not need to prepare a monologue. 

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

You will work collaboratively and creatively with your peers who may be musicians, dancers, and performers. You will develop skills using creative technologies to create performances, produce events, and develop yourself as a creative practitioner.

You will develop professional practice, through engagement with industry. This may include working with organisations such as Stratford Circus or the National Youth Theatre on large-scale productions, or working on industry briefs with arts production companies, and taking part in masterclasses and workshops with industry professionals.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

Modules
  • Sound
  • The Body
  • Narrative
  • Creative Project Production 1

You will establish core practical skills and understanding in performing arts practices, including drama, music and sound, dance and movement, performance writing, and technical production. You will develop work individually and in ensembles, culminating in a large-scale performance piece at the end of the year. You will develop research skills and evaluate your work and its context

 

Modules

  • Energy and Momentum: a Newtonian approach to Contemporary Interdisciplinary Performance Practices
  • Movement and Gesture
  • Light: Image and Representation
  • Creative Project Production 2
The skills and understanding established in your first year will be developed within an interdisciplinary module framework. Modules represent different interdisciplinary themes. You will collaborate to produce large-scale public performance pieces in a creative production module.

Modules

  • Time and Space
  • Performing Arts Work-Based Learning Project
  • Text: Narrating Artistic Practice and Research
  • Creative Research Project

Year 3 will challenge and enrich your practice and research. You will build further skills and understanding with an emphasis on developing an independent voice. You will also work collaboratively in a large-scale creative research project, which will enable you to confidently establish your own creative practice in the context of peer-reviewed research.


How you'll be assessed

We assess approximately 50 per cent of the course through practical rehearsals, presentations and performances. We assess the remainder through essays and workbooks/study journals, reflecting on a critical understanding of drama and theatre and its application to performance. Second and third-year module grades contribute towards your final degree award classification.

The final year of the course contains a compulsory written dissertation and a placement in a theatre or arts institution. Project work forms an important part of the course. Many of the modules are practical in nature and the teaching takes the form of lecture, seminar and practical, studio-based workshops. You’re also expected to engage in a wide range of research-based personal assignments.

Course specification

How you'll learn

All modules are led by practice and informed by research. You will work individually and collaboratively with others to develop, devise, compose, produce, and perform original work across traditional disciplines of drama, music, and dance.

You will be supported in developing technical and creative skills in sound, lighting and technical theatre, music, movement, voice, composition, and performance, through a range of lectures, workshops and master-classes, and through engagement with industry.

You will study 4 modules per year, covering a range of disciplines and practices. Each year will culminate in a showing of work, and large-scale performance pieces as part of a creative project production module. This will take place in professional performance venues and other sites that explore and express the vibrant diversity of East London.

Your future career

Graduates who have studied drama and theatre at UEL have landed jobs in a wide variety of areas.  We anticipate that with the skills you will gain from the course you will be able to work as:

• Integrated Arts Practitioner – music, dance, theatre
• Creative Producer / Director (across Media, Film, Multimedia, Games, Music, Theatre, applied Theatre)
• Academic Creative Arts Research / Practice (e.g. MA Performance Practices at UEL)
• Creative Project Management
• Creative Arts Production and Technical Crew

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Meet us in your country

Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.
 

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