Course Type: Higher Education

Higher National Diploma (HND) Performing Arts

  • Course Code PERHEF001A
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time Day & Evening
  • Start Date 16th September 2019
  • Fee Year 1: £5,995
    Year 2: £5,995
  • Duration 2 years
  • Campus Baltic Campus

Our HND in Performing Arts is a two year, full time course designed to appeal to those who wish to explore the many and varied faces of the performer in the entertainment world. If your interests lie beyond just acting and you want to explore a wider array of career options (touring artist, stand-up, community arts, cabaret, compering, presenting, voice-acting, narration etc) that may open doors to working in industries as diverse as TV/Film, computer games, advertising; cruises, holiday venues or children’s entertainment, then this could be the programme for you.

We'll provide a solid grounding in solo and ensemble performance technique and help you explore the industry to find your niche. We'll support you to develop project work designed to play to your strengths and to your career ambitions, while encouraging your confidence and creativity. You'll get to showcase your work at regular points and we'll encourage you to perform outside of College and build your local and regional networks to get you started in the business.

What will I study?

  • Performance and rehearsal techniques
  • Voice and speech
  • Movement
  • Devising
  • Film and TV acting
  • Community arts
  • Working as a performer in the entertainment industries

What is an HND?

A Higher National Diploma or HND is a nationally recognised, two-year level 5 qualification. It is equivalent to a Foundation Degree or the first two years of a BA programme. HNDs focus on the development of technical and vocational skills and are ideal preparation for jumping straight into work, but are equally suited to follow-up by a level 6 degree top up so that you finish with a full BA (hons).

How will I be assessed?

The programme is coursework assessed and there are no formal examinations. Assignments often take the form of practical rehearsal and performance projects (full group, small group, in pairs or solo), presentations, seminars, essays, reports and portfolios.

Industry Professionals

This course is taught by industry professionals, employed to teach specialist disciplines. The majority of classes will take the form of practical workshops and rehearsals, becoming increasingly student led as the course progresses. In addition, there will be traditional lectures, seminars and demonstrations and some observation of professional work as part of the course.

The excellent employment record of our HE graduates suggests there are great opportunities for professional work in theatre, radio, film and television, and also in the fields of community drama and education.

Did you know?

93% of our higher education students progress into work or further study.

We endeavour to include 'field trips' in the programme, including visits to local and/or regional theatres, but sometimes this can be further afield. Such trips can involve costs, but we will do everything we can to keep these to a minimum. The maximum cost in any previous year has been around 200 pounds. Trips are not usually compulsory.

Please note: Whilst every effort is made to run all advertised programmes, this programme will run subject to learner recruitment numbers.

An interview is required, an audition is required and a DBS check is required.

How to apply

Applications can be made through UCAS; our institution code is G09. For more information you can contact us on 0191 490 2245.

How will I be assessed?

By continual observation of your practical work, projects, assignments, oral and written questions

How will I be taught?

Students will work together on performance projects throughout the year culminating in a large-scale public production performed either in the College Studio Theatre or a local professional or community venue. The course is held in our purpose-built Performing Arts Studios.

Qualifications needed

96 Tariff points and grade GCSE English Language and maths at grade 9-4 (A*-C). You must also pass an audition designed to assess your practical skills.

Mature applicants without qualifications but with equivalent experience and knowledge may apply. Suitability will be determined at an interview.

There are loans available that you can apply for to help cover the costs of course fees and living costs(if studying full time).

For more information or advice, contact our finance support services on 0191 490 4627 or 0191 426 4329. Our support funds team can also be emailed at support.funds@gateshead.ac.uk