Higher National Diploma (HND) in Acting (Professional Performance Practice)

Start Date

Tue Sep 17 2024

Day / Time



1 year



Higher National Diploma (HND) in Acting (Professional Performance Practice)

Do you aspire to run your own theatre company or have a great idea for a Performing Arts business or project?

Do you want to keep developing your vocational skill? Actor, singer, producer, director?

Do you want to work in the Performing Arts industry but don’t know where you fit in?

Our HND in Professional Performance Practice is designed with our industry partners to develop not just your craft at the next level, but also to give you the opportunities and experience of applying your skills in a professional environment, ultimately with a view to setting up your own enterprise.

There is a perception that sustainable employment in the Performing Arts sector is based solely on chance and happenstance – this is not necessarily the case! There are many small to medium sized enterprises thriving, not only in the region but nationally, due to vision, drive and expertise, such as film or theatre companies.

We have spent time consulting with our industry partners to develop a programme that allows you to build on the skills you have, provides an opportunity for you to gain experience applying them in the real world and gives you the understanding to develop and launch your own business.

COLAB - We are developing a collaborative approach across all creative disciplines at the college (Performing Arts, Dance, Music, Production Arts, Media, Art & Design, Games Design and Hair & Beauty) to make the best use of our industry spec resources so that you can work within integrated creative teams to fulfil your brief – this could include dancers, musicians, actors, composers/arrangers, production arts specialists, technical theatre practitioners, media technicians. Projects will operate to mirror the collaborations required in the ‘real world’ creative environment.

Progression - This programme has a dual progression opportunity – onto a level 6 programme with one of our partnered institutions or straight out into the industry.

You will complete an HNC in year 1 and top this up to a HND in the second year of study.

The qualification is structured under 3 broad areas for development:

Develop your personal acting skills at the next level, through workshops, masterclasses, independent and group work.

Whatever your specialist vocational area you will need to develop a CV through credible industry application of your skill. You will work on internal and external projects, producing work for potential employers from schools to the live commissions of industry partners.

We will enhance your entrepreneurial spirit and channel it into developing your own business model. You will develop the know how to set up and sustain your own enterprise, from applying for funding to completing your tax return. Don’t consider your second year as your last year of education, think of it as your first year in the industry.

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