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Theatre Arts Foundation Degree - Full-time

Music Production

Course outline

This course is perfect preparation for a career in the performing arts sector, allowing you to gain professional knowledge, skills and experience in your chosen specialist pathway of acting, dance or technical theatre.

The course is practical and allows for a mixture of skills-based class work and projects.

You’ll cover a number of topics relevant to your chosen pathway. Typical projects may include large scale production work; devising; physical theatre; industry based work; workshop leading; working in education; and participating in festivals of student work.

You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other performing arts disciplines on various productions and study visits abroad.

We work with and have close links with local arts organisations including Dance4, Nottingham Playhouse, Hatch, Dragon’s Breath Theatre Company and Nottingham Lakeside to name a few.

Our facilities for performing arts are excellent and are used by practitioners across the East Midlands - you’ll have access to state-of-the-art equipment for sound and lighting, well-equipped workshops and dance studios, and sound and film editing resources. 

The course is delivered by tutors who have worked as professional actors, dancers and production managers with strong academic backgrounds. Throughout the course you’ll work with professional practitioners.

You can view the full Course Specification here.

Next steps

Entry onto this course is via UCAS

Course codes:
Theatre Arts (Acting): W410
Theatre Arts (Dance): W500
Theatre Arts (Technical Theatre): W450

Institution code: N30

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Location Date(s) Course code Fees / reductions


Pelham Avenue, Nottingham NG5 1AL


25 September 2018 - 26 June 2020

Course code:


Fees / reductions:

2018/19 fees are yet to be confirmed.


Theatre Arts Foundation Degree


2 years full-time

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • at least two A Levels at ‘A2’, with one in a related area
  • a BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma in a related area
  • International Baccalaureate

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at Level 2 or above in English Language and Maths.

Mature students with relevant experience and/or qualifications, including an Access to HE Diploma within a relevant area, are welcome to apply. 

You will be invited to attend an interview and audition.

Teaching & assessment

Continuous assessment is through joint projects and individual assignments.

There are no examinations.


Previous students have moved directly into industry as: workshop leaders for disability arts organisations; community artists; youth theatre directors; arts development workers; stage managers, technicians; event managers and performers. 

Alternatively, you may wish to progress on to our BA (Hons) Theatre Arts Top-up Degree, validated by Nottingham Trent University, or the second or third year of a theatre arts degree at another institution.

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.


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