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Perfformio (BA)

BA Perfformio (Performance) is an innovative, Welsh medium, course taught intensively over two years.

The course develops multidisciplinary, confident performers who have strong knowledge of, and links with, the creative industries in Wales and beyond.

We look for students who have the potential to develop into performers able to perform in the theatre, in concert halls or on the radio and in television studios.

As the course is intensive – with training sessions held throughout the week – students will need to be physically fit and healthy. Despite this, the most important element will be a willingness to learn from experts in the field and respond to the advice given to them during their day-to-day work. Ultimately, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David wishes to see this course provide talented, flexible and professional graduates for stages across Wales and beyond.

The course’s structure is ambitious, and the experiences gained by the students will be rich, timely and varied, ensuring that they are prepared thoroughly for a number of different careers relating to performance.

100% of Perfformio students were satisfied with the teaching on their course.
- National Student Survey 2020.

PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY

Perfformio (BA)
UCAS Code: C68M
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Contact Email: cbc@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Eilir Owen Griffiths

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  • We only offer a limited number of places
  • Practical Assessments – No Exams
  • Full-scale production opportunity with a professional technical team
  • Strong links with the creative industries in Wales and beyond
  • Regular performance opportunities

What you will learn

Course Overview

Level 4 (September-April)

Level 4 is a period of developing core skills and techniques. The first 15 weeks are an opportunity to focus on acting, singing (1 to 1 and ensemble work) and voice work classes along with Tap, Bale, Jazz and Contemporary dance classes. There’s an opportunity to analyse and research a wide range of styles in our theatre laboratory. The period ends with a performance project that gives the opportunity to apply all the skills developed during the level.

Level 5 (May-December)

Level 5 is taught for around 10 weeks on each side of the summer holidays. During these weeks, you will develop your core acting, singing and dance skills and techniques further. You will also work on projects that prepare you for working within the creative industries, with emphasis on developing new work, auditions and acting for television.

Level 6 (January-June)

Level 6 is about bringing the skills and techniques together in two productions that give you the opportunity to work with a director and a professional production team. The Creative Industries module focuses on the necessary skills to make the transition to the world of work including the preparation of a final showcase. In addition, you will work on an independent project that can focus on any aspect of the degree and showcase your individual talents.

Module Topics

LEVEL 4

Acting (20 Credit)

During this 20 week programme students will develop acting skills and character development and also their abilities as actors to analyse text as part of a rehearsal process.

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Employ strategies to prepare script for effective rehearsal:
  • Exhibit an understanding of the connection between thinking, breathing, emotional release and text
  • Apply practical and theoretical approaches to an actor’s development of a character;
  • Apply acting skills derived from naturalistic approaches to performance.

Singing 1 (20 Credits)

During this 20 week module students are introduce students to a variety of musical theatre singing styles and general music literacy. They are introduced to the anatomy and physiology of the singing voice and to a variety of voice techniques designed to develop vocal ability.

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Understand, select, rehearse and perform an appropriate selection of solo songs that displays a knowledge of the underlying concepts of a range of genres and singing styles.
  • Understand the fundamentals of vocal anatomy, and how we make the sounds, we make, both spoken and sung.
  • Understand new techniques and methods appropriate to stylistic requirements of specific material and the effective application of various techniques in the performance of their solo songs.
  • Understand the rudiments of music theory.

Dance Training 1 (20 Credits)

During this 20 week module students will receive training in Jazz, Ballet and Tap techniques through developing physical awareness, musicality, rhythmic quality and co-ordination. Emphasis also will be put upon the importance of nutrition and fitness and their effects on related performance practices and disciplines.

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Jazz technique within travelling exercises, corner work and a routine at a foundation level.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Ballet technique in Barre work and Centre work at a foundation level.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Tap technique through a series of exercises at a foundation level.
  • Appraise the importance of nutrition and fitness and their effects on performance.

Performance Class (20 credits)

During this 20 week programme students develop the students’ repertoire, performance and self-presentation skills

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Confidently present a series of songs in different styles and from a range of periods;
  • Confidently present a series of monologues from a range of plays and playwrights;
  • Constructively evaluate their strengths and weaknesses as actor-singers.

Theatre Laboratory (20 Credits)

The aim of the laboratory is to give the students the opportunity to explore, analyse, practise and perform a range of theatre styles and essentially broaden the horizons of the students in the theatre world. The module is divided into four parts. Four weeks to study four periods/style/theatre technique.

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate their understanding of a wide range of theatre styles/techniques
  • Research and reflect the work of writers such as Shakespeare, Ibsen, Marlowe, Brecht, Beckett and Parry and composers' musicals such as Sondheim and Shwartz
  • Demonstrate an understanding of expressive styles such as Frantic Assembly and physical tradition such as LeCoq and Commedia dell'Arte
  • Demonstrate awareness of the history and development of the theatre;

Learning in the digital era (20 Credits

During Level 4 this module develops the  student’s skills for independent study and life-long learning, which will form the foundations for successful completion of their degree programme and support future employment opportunities.

  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
  • Demonstrate the foundational skills required to be a resilient and healthy independent learner.
  • Practise the principles of learning agility use suitable technology to support and enhance their learning experience within the discipline area

LEVEL 5

Dance Training 2 (20 Credits)

This module is to enable students to develop their skills and techniques in ballet, tap, jazz and commercial dance

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Jazz technique within travelling exercises, corner work and a routine at an intermediate level.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Ballet technique in Barre work and Centre work at an intermediate level.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Tap technique through a series of exercises at an intermediate level.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Commercial dance through two contrasting routines.

Singing 2 (30 credits)

This module is designed to further develop the student’s range of repertoire and understanding of style and develop the students’ vocal technique, and the application of skills to specific styles.

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Critically investigate, rehearse and perform an appropriate choice of solo and group songs leading to a presentation/performance that displays an applied knowledge of well-established principles and techniques, the application of underlying concepts and the appropriate stylistic interpretation.
  • Present a confident and ambitious performance, demonstrating effective communication skills with the accompanist and the audience.
  • Demonstrate that they have the ability and the desire to develop and broaden the style of the pieces performed.
  • Apply the Estill Model to identify and solve vocal problems.

Acting 2 (20 Credits)

This module develops and strengthens students' ability to further understand and discuss their acting process in the context of screen or theatre exercises. The students will be immersed in screen acting methods for film and television and develop into a confident performer, ready to work under the pressure and working conditions of the media world.

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a mature understanding of the impact and purpose of exercises, with the ability to analyse the context of the play in a confident and thorough way.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of acting exercises and techniques for the purposes of students' ongoing development
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of character development and continuity in performance.
  • Understand and evaluate the importance of being focused and ready for screen or theatre exercises.
  • Demonstrate a complete appreciation of the role of the technical team, the creative and production department and how their contribution as actors works in conjunction with all personnel involved in the production.

Collaborative Project (20 credits)

This module is a great opportunity for students to develop and create new work.Students are introduced to how professional R&D procedures work.

On successful completion of this modular, the student should be able to:

  • Work collaboratively to research, rehearse and perform a contemporary piece of theatre
  • Critically evaluate their own contribution to the production process.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the various artistic processes and choices involved in the producing process.
  • Balance self-direction and collaborative work. Adapt and design working methods for each new situation. Self-management, collaborative working skills, problem solving, listening, critical analysis and valuing own and others' ideas and beliefs

Audition Technique (10 Credits)

The aim of this module is to develop the student’s understanding of their casting potential in readiness for auditioning in the industry.

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Understand their own casting potential.
  • Understood the pathways to source the most relevant monologues and collated a portfolio of works that demonstrates the student’s strengths as a performer. 
  • Demonstrate understanding and application of audition etiquette
  • Have a robust and constructive handling of feedback.

Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 Credits)

This module is designed to build the skills and competencies necessary for career resilience and professional development for the future work context.

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Evaluate personal employability skills and their congruence with the skills required for professional practice in a real or simulated environment.
  • Build a personal brand and promote a professional identity for a specific opportunity.

LEVEL 6

Production 1 (30 Credits)

The structure of the practice process will reflect current professional practice. Students spend 5 weeks working and theatre production. There will be an opportunity to work with a professional director(s) in order to prepare them for the industry.

By the end of this modular students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a high level of conceptual understanding in the development of theatre production;
  • demonstrate a high level of skill in practical development and realize the role(s) assigned to them in the production(s);
  • demonstrate a high level of organisational skills at all stages of production;
  • Demonstrate a high level of ability to work independently, with a director and in collaboration with their peers; • evaluate the creative process and their contribution to it.

Final Production (30 Credits)

This is an opportunity for the students to combine the acting, singing and dance skills they have developed during Levels 4 and 5. Experience is provided, equivalent to a professional one, of working on production with industry practitioners.

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Exhibit a high level of conceptual understanding regarding developing a theatre production;
  • Exhibit a high level of skill regarding practical development and realisation of the role/roles allotted to them in the production(s);
  • Exhibit a high level of ability to work independently, with a director and in cooperation with their peers;
  • Present their research and evaluation work in an intelligent way

Creative Industries (20 Credits)

This module offers students the opportunity to prepare themselves for the wide range of opportunities and challenges facing graduating students .The student's job to build a repertoire of material suitable to enter the profession will be at the heart of the modular. In consultation with tutors, students will research and prepare an appropriate range of materials/portfolio to demonstrate their abilities as developing practitioners.

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Exhibit the necessary variety of skills outlined in each of the other modules to industry standard;
  • Produce a portfolio of material suitable for entry to the profession
  • Critically appraise their strengths and weaknesses

Independent Project (40 Credits)

The module aims to develop students' ability to critically and innovatively address theory and/or practice relevant to the subject areas they study in order to formulate a detailed project specific to their discipline.

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate intellectual skills in the identification of an appropriate topic, problem or challenge for investigation pertinent to their field of study and formulate a suitable plan for further research utilising relevant investigative methods in order to produce a response.
  • Evidence in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of principles necessary to underpin their education within their chosen field of study and problem solving techniques applicable to this.
  • Evidence independence of thought and critical evaluation in the production of an independent piece of work, demonstrating transferable skills through exercising initiative and personal responsibility in planning own learning and self-management.
  • Organise their knowledge and learning through use of a range of media, and present their work appropriately in a manner that can be understood by specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Assessment

Performances/Events
Students regularly have the opportunity to take part in performances/events throughout their degree, in which we can see growth and application of skills and knowledge. 

Regular tutorials
We hold formal and informal tutorials throughout the degree in which each student discusses their work with the module tutor or Programme Director. We look at practical development, conceptual growth and future intentions.

Presentations
Presentations normally take place at the end of a module, exhibition or performance, in order to measure a student’s performance against assessment criteria.

Process workbooks
Students will document their process and practical work in a workbook which demonstrates their learning and individual pathway.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Staff

Professional artists from the creative industries, who are experts in their field, teach on our degree. They can offer not only detailed and thorough information, but also personal experience and insight into the performance industry as it stands today.

Programme Director and Senior Lecturer: Eilir Owen Griffiths

  • Theatre Lecturer: Elen Bowman
  • Dance Lecturer: Tori Johns
  • Aled Pedrick (Acting)
  • Alexa Garcia (Dance)
  • Amy Guppy (Dance)
  • Angharad Lee (Acting)
  • Christopher Fossey (Music Director)
  • David George Harrington (Music Director)
  • David Laugharne (Singing)
  • Eiry Thomas (Acting)
  • Ian Nicholas (Voice)
  • John Quirk (Music Director)
  • Llyr Simon (Music Theory)
  • Luke Hereford (Director)
  • Mali Tudno (Acting)
  • Michael Moorwood (Singing)
  • Morgan Thomas (Physical Theatre)
  • Rhian Morgan (Voice)
  • Rhian Cronshaw (Voice)
  • Robbie Bowman (Acting)
  • Sara Lloyd (Director)
  • Steve Cassey (Acting)
  • Tonya Smith (Acting)
Entry Criteria

Online Audition Process

STEP 1: Self-tape

Musical BA Perfformio students should prepare a self-tape with the following content:

  1. Songs: One Musical Theatre Song
  2. Monologue: The monologue should last no longer than two minutes and from a published play and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts. It is advisable to choose a character that is close to your age and you should perform it in your native accent. Applicants can perform their monologue in either English or Welsh.

Make sure you state clearly at the beginning of the tapes the following info:

  • Name
  • Degree applying for
  • Title of Audition Pieces

STEP 2: Interview

You will be invited to a short interview with the programme team on zoom. You must prepare the following:

  1. Monologue: The monologue should last no longer than two minutes and from a published play and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts. It is advisable to choose a character that is close to your age and you should perform it in your native accent. Applicants should perform the monologue in Welsh.
  2. The programme team will work with you on your chosen piece followed by questions.

Following a successful audition applicants will be offered a place. There are limited places available each year.

We would be looking for 90-120 UCAS points.

The university may consider applicants without formal qualifications if they are able to demonstrate an exceptional level of ability and practical experience.

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Student Quotes

Heledd Roberts, BA Perfformio 2015-2017

"Receiving specialist training from highly experienced individuals, such as Elen Bowman and Eiry Thomas, during my acting modules, not only taught me to be a better actor, they also inspired me. They introduced me to new performing techniques – elements that have really helped me to create my character, Anest in Rownd a Rownd.

"I learnt so much during my time on the course. In my opinion, this course is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about performing as well as the industry itself – it’s very flexible and can adapt to students’ requirements. My university experience – on this intense and unique course – was invaluable and I would urge anyone considering a future in the performing arts to look at the BA Perfformio course at UWTSD."


Lloyd Macey, BA Perfformio 2015-2017

“I’m very proud to have studied the BA Perfformio course at UWTSD – it gave me the opportunity to grow and develop as a performer and to find my own voice.

“I don’t think I would ever have gone for the X-Factor if I hadn’t done this course. I’d always sung and I’d had experience of singing before but it gave me the confidence and it taught me so much about myself.  It taught me how to channel my nerves... to think I can sing in front of millions of people every weekend... two years ago, I would never have been able to do it. So no way, I would never have done the X Factor if it hadn’t been for all the hard work and effort that the lecturers put into this course.

“We were encouraged to explore all aspects of performance before deciding what we want to focus on – we were given so many different experiences. We also worked with a huge range of professional performers and directors from the world of theatre and television throughout the duration of the course – people who have seen our progress and witnessed our development.

 “I don’t think I would have had the courage and self-belief to audition for The X Factor if it hadn’t been for all the wonderful opportunities and experiences I received during my time on the course.”


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