Course Type: Full Time,Higher Education

Higher National Diploma (HND) Acting

  • Course Code AAA0830
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time Day & Evening
  • Start Date 17th September 2018
  • Fee Year 1: TBC
    Year 2: TBC
  • Duration 2 years
  • Campus Baltic Campus

If you're interested in a career as a performer in theatre or in the media, or as a community arts worker, facilitator or teacher, then this multi-disciplined performing arts programme is for you.

The HND in Acting is a two year, full time course designed to appeal to those who wish to explore the many and varied faces of acting, drama and the theatre. The programme takes advantage of our partnerships with local performance venues and companies as well as bringing in local industry professionals to ensure the course is up to date with current practice. 

What is a 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).

What will I study?

  • Drama and acting
  • Media performance (for radio and TV)
  • Community theatre and theatre in education.

In addition, there are plenty of opportunities to follow more specialist options and short courses in areas such as stage design, mask performance, circus skills and technical production.

The course culminates in a project and performance showcase enabling your work to be seen by local employers, agents, directors, performance companies and community groups. In addition, final project work is performed at professional venues or as part of Arts Festivals locally, nationally and/or internationally. In the past this has included The Prague International Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, Amsterdam Vondel Park, Oldenburg University, Barcelona schools, Promenade Shakespeare in Stratford Upon Avon, Live Theatre, Newcastle, and The Customs House, South Shields.

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. 

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

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

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