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BA Perfformio

BA Perfformio (Performance) is an innovative 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.

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BA Perfformio
UCAS Code: C68M 
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Course Length:
2 years, full-time

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)

At level 4, you develop the core skills and techniques during a programme of approximately 20 weeks. You will attend classes in acting, singing (1-2-1 and ensemble work) and voice work as well as Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary dance classes. The above classes underpin the four projects you will be working on during this period of study.

Level 5 (May-December)

Level 5 is taught for around 10 weeks 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 all about bringing the skills and techniques together into two major productions and a final showcase, all of which gives the opportunity for you to work with a professional director and production team. In addition, you will work on a personal project which can focus on any aspect of the degree and displays your individual talents.

Modules
  • Actio
  • Actio ar gyfer y sgrin
  • Arddangosfa Terfynol
  • Crefft yr Actor
  • Cynhyrchiad 1
  • Cynhyrchiad 2
  • Dawns
  • Hyfforddiant Lleisiol
  • Llais
  • Prosiect Personol
  • Prosiectau Yarferol
  • Shakespeare
  • Theatr Gymreig
  • Y Corff
  • Y diwydiant
  • Y gair a’r gerddoriaeth
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.

Creative Carmarthen, Graduates and Industry Links

Student and Cardiff Life

Key Information

Staff
Course Tutor(s):

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 GriffithsTheatre Lecturer: Elen Bowman
Dance Lecturer: Tori Johns
Tutor and Administrator: Mr David Edmund Taylor

Visiting Artists:

  • Angharad Lee (Director)
  • Tom O’brien (Director)
  • Luke Hereford (Director)
  • Sara Lloyd (Director)
  • Aled Pedrick (Acting)
  • Ian Nicholas (Voice)
  • John Quirk (Music Director)
  • David Laugharne (Singing)
  • Michael Moorwood (Singing)
  • Robbie Bowman (Acting)
  • Eiry Thomas (Acting)
  • Mali Tudno (Acting)
  • Steve Cassey (Shakespeare)
  • Jen Angharad (Contemporary Dance)
  • Jackie Bristow (Jazz Dance)
  • Nia Lynn (Voice)
  • Ceri Murphy (Acting)
  • Eryl Phillips (Acting for Screen)
  • Stifyn Parri (The Industry)
Entry Criteria

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 lectures 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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