What is special about this course?
This top-up degree (entry to year 3 only), aims to ensure that your study and performance is reflective of the specific challenges and opportunities for creative practitioners in rural Scotland, while also looking outwards towards the international context.
The course has a strong practice-based approach informed by academic theory. You will be encouraged to be an independent scholar, artist and performer, while also having the opportunity to form a creative company with your fellow students, a collaboration you will be encouraged to continue after graduation.
You will be trained in a variety of skills in performance-making including acting, devising, technical theatre, writing and cultural planning, equipping you well for a broad range of vocational roles within the cultural sector, as well as further study at postgraduate level.
- Delivered by performance industry experts, this degree provides a real opportunity to play an influential role in taking forward performance in Scotland
- Opportunities for continual shared practice both with your immediate peers and the community
- You will benefit from field trips to assist you in developing your practice and ensuring it is reflective of your location and cultural context
- You will have access to performance facilities, both within the university and through collaborative projects at external venues
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
- For entry to year three you should hold an HND Acting and Performance, or equivalent, with a B or above in the Graded Unit; or a relevant DipHE from any institution.
- If you wish to enter the first year of a degree programme, please see our BA (Hons) Drama and Production which replaces this course from 2019/20 onwards. This new programme also allows direct entry to year two.
- Applicants with other relevant qualifications or professional experience, who are able to demonstrate an appropriate level of academic ability and extensive experience in at least one area of performance, will be considered on an individual basis
- You will also be required to attend an audition and interview
Year 1 - BA
- Reading performance
- Applied performance
- Group practical project 2
- Script development and adaptation
- Directing performance
Year 2 - BA (Hons)
- Creative industries research project
- (Inter)national theatre
- The autonomous performer
- Cultural planning and delivery in the performing arts
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures, practical sessions, field trips and online via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 2 years
- Part-time (structured): 4 years
- Part-time (unstructured): variable
Where can I study my course?
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Year 1||HNC||£1,285||£1,285||£86 (per HN credit)||£86 (per HN credit)|
|Year 2||DipHE||£1,820||£1,820||£215 (per 20 credit module)||£215 (per 20 credit module)|
|Year 3||Degree||£1,820||£1,820||£215 (per 20 credit module)||£215 (per 20 credit module)|
|Year 4||Honours||£1,820||£1,820||£215 (per 20 credit module)||£215 (per 20 credit module)|
*The Home-Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2019.
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
|Year 1||HNC||£6,720||£6,720||£448 (per HN credit)||£448 (per HN credit)|
|Year 2||DipHE||£9,000||£9,000||£1,500 (per 20 credit module)||£1,500 (per 20 credit module)|
|Year 3||Degree||£9,000||£9,000||£1,500 (per 20 credit module)||£1,500 (per 20 credit module)|
|Year 4||Honours||free**||free**||£1,500 (per 20 credit module)||£1,500 (per 20 credit module)|
**4th (Honours) year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Year 1||HNC||£6,700||£6,700||£448 (per HN credit)||£457 (per HN credit)|
|Year 2||DipHE||£11,100||£11,650||£1,850 (per 20 credit module)||£1,940 (per 20 credit module)|
|Year 3||Degree||£11,100||£11,650||£1,850 (per 20 credit module)||£1,940 (per 20 credit module)|
|Year 4||Honours||£11,100||£11,650||£1,850 (per 20 credit module)||£1,940 (per 20 credit module)|
***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
To ensure our graduates are well placed to find employment within the cultural sector, this programme has been designed with specific attention to the needs and practice of the areas in which it is to be delivered.
Our graduates are not only trained in performance-making and analysis skills but in a broad range of transferable skills, such as: arts administration; cultural planning; grant application and archive management; technical and IT; and group working.
The programme's approach towards technical and administrative independence ensures that our graduates can progress to a range of possible career options, such as:
- Making or producing performance, both as an individual and as part of a company
- Directing in small scale productions as community artists
- Creating original scripts, pitching and identifying appropriate bodies as a springboard for future writing
- Forming new theatre companies
- Working as education and outreach officers connected to theatre companies and cultural organisations, or undertaking teacher training
- Working in arts administration within the cultural, heritage, education and performance industries
- Progressing to various postgraduate courses at other institutions
Is there more information available online?
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