FdA Theatre Arts (Acting and Contemporary Theatre Making) - Full Time

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Length 2 Years
Site West Durrington Campus Map
Attendance Full time
Course Code FHFDR1

About this Course


(This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Northbrook College)


UCAS code: W410


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A dynamic course for those wishing to progress their skills to create work to professional standards. The course emphasises the generation of innovative theatre work, enabling students to make bespoke and commissioned pieces responding to a range of new and classic areas of performance. Current practice is explored across a spectrum of contemporary contexts.


Working closely with industry practitioners from theatre, film, transmedia and festival platforms, the course builds upon traditional acting techniques and equips students with technological, marketing and creative skills for the 21st century.

 

Course Content

Company practice explores devised, adapted and scripted theatre with responses to commissions and showcase productions in the 200 seat Northbrook Theatre and regional venues. The course develops skills in characterisation, improvisation, voice, physicality, acting for film & TV, and self and performance promotion through a graduated programme of workshops, rehearsals, studio productions, festival work and main house shows. Regular Brighton Fringe slots, commissions, residencies, and Scratch Night curation form the basis for growing your professional practice and skills set.


Performance projects are underpinned by regular vocal and physical theatre techniques classes, including butoh, yoga, silks and acro-balance alongside diction, inflection, projection and breath control applied to text and improvisation. First year training delivers techniques and performance opportunities leading to greater independence of practice and skills application in the second year where the focus shifts to placing student work in industrial contexts such as the Brighton Festival.


Contextual Studies and career development thread through both years of the course enabling students to choose between industry and BA level study upon successful completion of all units. Possibilities for the study of directing also become an option for second year students. As with all the performance courses, this course works in close collaboration with the Design, Technical Theatre and Stage Management courses to produce work of high quality in an environment modelled on professional practice.


Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study, which may include 3 weeks' work experience.


Programme Specification


Entry Requirements

Interview and audition

All candidates will be invited to attend an interview/audition. Auditions must be from a published play or monologue book - self-written or devised pieces are not appropriate in this instance.


plus


Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:

  • BTEC or UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in theatre based study or equivalent
  • A Levels with at least 56 points (or 140 in the old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
  • An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)


    Alternative qualifications and industrial experience would be considered and discussed at interview.


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.


Individual offers may vary.


Progression/Career Path


"I’ve started with Rogue and we’ve just finished our 4th day of rehearsals...It’s an unbelievable place to be so soon after leaving uni and I’m incredibly happy right now. And I got a first class degree! Thank you so much for all you support and mentoring, I’d never be here if it wasn’t for that." - Alumnus, 2015


“I couldn’t have had a better start…such a good basis for creating your own work, running a company" - Graduate currently working for Wet Picnic


Students progress to higher study on Northbrook's BA (Hons) Theatre Arts Top Up and the PGCE , or to other institutions (Central, Edinburgh Napier, RADA, The Met, E15, The Bridge, ISSA).


They gain employment with theatre companies ( Rogue, Periplum, Prodigal) or gain agent representation. They form their own theatre companies ( Pitstop, Fertile, Tarry, ) run their own training schools, and manage arts projects.


Alumni Career paths include: Acting, Film & TV, Directing, Writing, Arts and Venue Management, Teaching, New Media, T.I.E, Hospitality.

Assessment/Exams

There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).

Applications

Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

Click here to open UCAS site

Click here for more information about how to apply.

Further Details

Data from Unistats, the UK's national higher education data comparison website:

What Past Students Say

“I have loved this course more than anything and I've learnt so much in my time at Northbrook.”


"An inspiring, innovative and inclusive way to learn your craft in a supportive and community-centred environment."


"My time at Northbrook College Sussex has been great I’m delighted to be here, it was a big change for me but I’m glad I went through with it. The course has helped me develop into a complete performer."



"It's been a pleasurable experience and thinking of all the creative goodness makes my brain tingle!"


"The course allows you to experiment, develop and create your own devised show where each and everyone's talents are showcased which is an exciting and fun process."


Course Content

Company practice explores devised, adapted and scripted theatre with responses to commissions and showcase productions in the 200 seat Northbrook Theatre and regional venues. The course develops skills in characterisation, improvisation, voice, physicality, acting for film & TV, and self and performance promotion through a graduated programme of workshops, rehearsals, studio productions, festival work and main house shows. Regular Brighton Fringe slots, commissions, residencies, and Scratch Night curation form the basis for growing your professional practice and skills set.


Performance projects are underpinned by regular vocal and physical theatre techniques classes, including butoh, yoga, silks and acro-balance alongside diction, inflection, projection and breath control applied to text and improvisation. First year training delivers techniques and performance opportunities leading to greater independence of practice and skills application in the second year where the focus shifts to placing student work in industrial contexts such as the Brighton Festival.


Contextual Studies and career development thread through both years of the course enabling students to choose between industry and BA level study upon successful completion of all units. Possibilities for the study of directing also become an option for second year students. As with all the performance courses, this course works in close collaboration with the Design, Technical Theatre and Stage Management courses to produce work of high quality in an environment modelled on professional practice.


Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study, which may include 3 weeks' work experience.


Programme Specification


Entry Requirements

Interview and audition

All candidates will be invited to attend an interview/audition. Auditions must be from a published play or monologue book - self-written or devised pieces are not appropriate in this instance.


plus


Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:

  • BTEC or UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in theatre based study or equivalent
  • A Levels with at least 56 points (or 140 in the old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
  • An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)


    Alternative qualifications and industrial experience would be considered and discussed at interview.


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.


Individual offers may vary.


Progression/Career Path


"I’ve started with Rogue and we’ve just finished our 4th day of rehearsals...It’s an unbelievable place to be so soon after leaving uni and I’m incredibly happy right now. And I got a first class degree! Thank you so much for all you support and mentoring, I’d never be here if it wasn’t for that." - Alumnus, 2015


“I couldn’t have had a better start…such a good basis for creating your own work, running a company" - Graduate currently working for Wet Picnic


Students progress to higher study on Northbrook's BA (Hons) Theatre Arts Top Up and the PGCE , or to other institutions (Central, Edinburgh Napier, RADA, The Met, E15, The Bridge, ISSA).


They gain employment with theatre companies ( Rogue, Periplum, Prodigal) or gain agent representation. They form their own theatre companies ( Pitstop, Fertile, Tarry, ) run their own training schools, and manage arts projects.


Alumni Career paths include: Acting, Film & TV, Directing, Writing, Arts and Venue Management, Teaching, New Media, T.I.E, Hospitality.

Assessment/Exams

There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).

Applications

Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

Click here to open UCAS site

Click here for more information about how to apply.

Further Details

Data from Unistats, the UK's national higher education data comparison website:

What Past Students Say

“I have loved this course more than anything and I've learnt so much in my time at Northbrook.”


"An inspiring, innovative and inclusive way to learn your craft in a supportive and community-centred environment."


"My time at Northbrook College Sussex has been great I’m delighted to be here, it was a big change for me but I’m glad I went through with it. The course has helped me develop into a complete performer."



"It's been a pleasurable experience and thinking of all the creative goodness makes my brain tingle!"


"The course allows you to experiment, develop and create your own devised show where each and everyone's talents are showcased which is an exciting and fun process."