BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance

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Contemporary Performance confidently encourages the development of originality, invention and collaborative skills in the world of performance

Our course principles are:
Challenge      challenging conventional methods in performance
Explore          exploring your own style of creating and devising
Create            creating collaborative interdisciplinary pathways

Students will commonly use this degree for further specialist study/training in:

  • Performance and collaborating with other arts disciplines
  • Professional performance work
  • Forming new performance companies and creating new work
  • Further specialist study/training

Key Facts

UCAS Code: W47W
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years

Swansea College of Art
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  • What we do here is like being on the frontline of performance, just like certain scientists are the front-liners of science...

    Georgios ArchontisBA (Hons) Contemporary Performance student

We focus on exploration, experimentation and creativity in contemporary performance as the fundamentals of our programme rather than following the more traditional and conventional approaches.

We challenge our students to explore what performance is and what it can be in order to foster the creation of new ideas and new work.

Year 1 follows a carefully structured programme that focuses on the fundamental skills of vocal and physical expression and creativity, culminating in a final production.

Year 2 encourages the development of your skills as a creative performance practitioner. You will have contact with professionals who will encourage you to develop your own creative voice and your ability to make exciting, original work.

Year 3 gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in making work, either in solo or ensemble projects. You will continue to develop your intellectual and practical skills as a performance maker, showcasing your skills in interdisciplinary and independent projects.

Year 1 is a common foundation year with BA (Hons) Applied Drama

Year 1

  • Play & Creativity
  • Digital Arts in Performance
  • Voice & Body
  • Create & Perform
  • Contextual Studies
  • Reflective and Academic Skills

 Year 2

  • Physical Theatre
  • Performing Cultures
  • Site Specific Project
  • Boundaries of Performance
  • Practice as Research

Year 3

  • Advanced Practice
  • Independent Project
  • Investigating Performance
  • Professional Practice
  • Interdisciplinary Arts
  • International Independent Study Module (optional)

Modules are designed to give students an opportunity to acquire a solid understanding of theory and the opportunity to put their own ideas into practice. The modules ensure that you have a strong foundation in the core skills needed to work professionally and creatively.

Interdisciplinary focus
Our students will explore the fundamentals of theatre and performance through specialist classes in voice, movement, theatre and text.

Staff Expertise
Our staff are experts in their own specialist fields and we also work closely with visiting professionals who bring their own unique perspectives through weekly delivery, in performances, in workshops and in masterclasses. 

Our performing arts portfolio in Swansea has provided rigorous, challenging and inspirational creative industries training to an impressive spectrum of students over a 10 year span. Swansea offers a richness of unique sites, a vibrant centre and an evolving cultural lanscape.

Guest lecturers bring in their local and international experience with wonderful opportunities to gain relevant, current and dynamic hands-on experience. Previous collaborators include: Mr. and Mrs. Clark, Organised Kaos, Volcano Theatre, Mark Winstanley and Morgan Thomas, among many others. 

Students will work with our core staff:

Students will also work with visiting specialist performance practitioners such as: Mr. and Mrs. Clark, Organised Kaos, Volcano Theatre, Mark Winstanley, Carri Munn and Morgan Thomas, among many others. 

Students will be assessed through a range of different methods. Their progress may be assessed through practical work, oral exams, presentations and written assignments such as essays and portfolios.

You will be invited to visit the University to take part in an interview/workshop.

Entry is based on individual merit as well as academic profile which is ordinarily expected to be a minimum of 80 UCAS Tariff points.

Graduates from these programmes will have the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in the following areas:

  • Performance and performance-making
  • Leaders of inclusive creative practice
  • Professional performance/production work
  • Forming new companies and creating original work
  • Working with Third Sector organisations and broader educational work
  • Further specialist study/training at postgraduate level

UK/EU Tuition Fees

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Overseas Tuition Fees

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Bursaries and Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

The industry is a very broad and varied one and our degree programmes aim to prepare you to find your place within it: starting your career; undertaking further intensive training; or engaging in postgraduate study.

BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance programme offers you a wealth of opportunities to develop your practical and academic skills in the exploration and application of theatre and performance. You will be encouraged and supported in your quest to become an independent practitioner, skilled and focused in your commitment to the value and significance of live performance.

The course is essentially practical in nature but with an academic foundation so that your practical skills are grounded in theoretical understanding.