Course Code: VP1HE58 UCAS Code: W410 Acting - CertHE (Subject to Validation) Duration1 Year Day/s of weekMonday to Wednesday Time09:00 - 16:30 Next course dates Start dateLocationDuration / Fees 12 Sep 2022 University Centre 1 Year / £8,750 Apply now 12 Sep 2023 University Centre 1 Year / £9,000 Apply now Overview Is this course for me? What will I learn? How will I be assessed? Key information Where could this course take me? Course Summary The Certificate of HE Acting is an exciting and enriching one-year programme born from our incredibly successful degree in Acting. The new course provides a versatile curriculum which facilitates study and practice in performance related disciplines equipping students with the necessary knowledge and skills to enter the performing arts industry or progress to the next level of a BA Hons Degree either at Blackpool School of Arts or at another institution. This is a higher-level qualification which incorporates technical training and practical elements and is essential practice in a range of performance roles that do not require a full degree. Completing a Certificate of HE will demonstrate individuals’ capability of studying at university level, raise their confidence, support a career change, or progression in their current career. This newly validated course which runs from September 2022 incorporates within each module a specific emphasis on practical performance technique which provides the essential platform of skills, knowledge and experience for anyone wishing to embark on a career in the performing arts sector. This is particularly relevant to Blackpool’s thriving performance based attraction industry which values level 4 skills as well as those associated with level 6. Students will have access to a unique creative environment with contemporary studios, think spaces, a stunning public gallery and our working theatre. Our studios are equipped with the latest technology and are beautifully presented, providing a spacious and inspiring environment in which to work. The Cert of HE will draw from the existing performance degrees’ relationship with significantly established local employers providing a rich plethora of extra-curricular opportunities to enhance their studies. Class sizes are normally small and again this is very beneficial, affording the opportunity for a tailored personal learning situation with plenty of help and support. Many of our alumni have successful careers, working across Performing Arts industry, from roles as performers on London’s West End and performing internationally, as emerging and successful theatre makers, as Agents etc. these regularly visit to meet our students, offering career advice and support with the transition into their chosen industry. It is the aim of the programme to provide a transformational learning experience which equips students with the competencies and skills necessary for positive future growth and the potential for a lifelong career in the performing arts sector. Subject to Validation & Revalidation To ensure we deliver the highest quality degree courses, all our honours programmes are initially validated by Lancaster University, our awarding body, and are periodically subject to revalidation. For students, this means they have the reassurance of knowing our courses meet the highest academic standards year on year. Find out more Entry requirements For applicants who have recently been in education, the entry profile will typically include one of the following: • A minimum of 96 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline • CCC from A Levels in appropriate discipline • MMM from Level 3 Extended Diploma or Merit from Level 3 Diploma in an appropriate discipline • Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma or Foundation Diploma Performing Arts Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis. For non-traditional applicants, the following will also be considered on a case by case basis: • Related work experience • An international equivalent of the above qualifications • RPL may also be considered in accordance with the awarding body’s regulations • Applications may also be considered from individuals who can demonstrate a strong interest in the subject and a willingness to commit to the goals of lifelong learning and personal development. Applicants will also be invited to an audition day to assess suitability for the programme. Qualification Obtained Certificate of Higher Education Acting What will I learn? Modules at level 4 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Core Acting Skills VP4MD066 20 No Exploration and Play VP4MD067 20 No Naturalistic Project VP4MD068 20 No Engaging the Archive VP4MD069 20 No Modern Performance Techniques VP4MD070 20 No Collaborative Theatre Maker VP4MD071 20 No Industry Placements and Field Trips Learning and Teaching Methods Applicants will also be invited to an audition day to assess suitability for the programme. • Project learning and assessment - which provides opportunities for students to take control and manage their own learning and to demonstrate skills and competencies in areas such as problem-solving and primary research. • Group critiques /peer reviews involving peers and tutors – which provide opportunities for the development of intellectual skills in constructing and supporting arguments, as well as practical communication skills. • Live briefs– which can be seen to offer opportunities for students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of, and practical skills in, professional working, sustainable practices and methodologies which also embody academic integrity as the process is continually monitored and outputs are unique to the student who evidences their learning journey. • Formal presentations – which reflect professional practice and provide opportunities for the development of transferable communication skills together with intellectual skills, such as critical analysis and evaluation. • Written assignments – which provide opportunities for students to demonstrate competencies in research techniques, critical evaluation and transferable skills. • Self-directed projects – which provide excellent opportunities for students to demonstrate effective self-managed learning whilst demonstrating a full broad range of competencies from technical skills, sustainable practices and research/enquiry through to independence of thought and critical analysis. Expert Tutors All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice. How will I be assessed? Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Coursework 17% 0% 0% Exam 0% 0% 0% Practical 83% 0% 0% Assessment Methods There is no requirement for formal written examinations on this programme as the nature of the subject discipline requires a greater focus on the development of creative and professional practices and processes. Our assessments are however designed to assure authenticity of the work produced. We ensure authenticity by the use of systematic and planned formative assessment points throughout modules where student work is reviewed by the tutor with the students and they are required to justify and explain their creative and technical choices and receive feedback, support and be set targets. Presentations and portfolio-based work are also used to ensure the work is authentic and produced by the student. Throughout each level of study, module learning outcomes are constructively aligned to the assessment methods and contextualised in the corresponding assignment brief. A range of assessment evidence is identified on the brief and could consist of: [Infill information] Learning Methods Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Scheduled 451 0 0 Independent 749 0 0 Placement 0 0 0 Total 1200 0 0 Tuition Fees Please click here to find out more about tuition fees for this course. Other Costs and Equipment Regulation and Accreditation Accrediting Institution: N/A Awarding Body: Lancaster University Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS) Terms and Conditions Read our full terms and conditions for more information. Whilst this course does offer routes directly into industry in acting, its main purpose is to prepare students for further study and, in particular,provides the foundational knowledge and skills to enable students to progress successfully onto the BA (Hons) Acting programme at B&FC. To find out more about this programme, please follow this link.