This Performing Arts degree invites you to explore the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of contemporary performance. You’ll be introduced to the varied traditions within the performing arts, including dance, music, circus, carnival, drama, storytelling, cabaret, stand-up comedy, mime and more, as well as ways in which they are combined. You’ll have opportunities to explore street performance and circus, the uses of technology in performance, and the chance to work across disciplines and study specialist modules.
You’ll be encouraged to be an innovative, contemporary performance practitioner, and make work for public performance in Cardiﬀ. You’ll explore the voice and body in live performance, and how diﬀerent spaces and technology can extend and transform the act of performance. Your study of music and sound, acting and physical theatre will include important histories and critical perspectives to help you create original work.
Optional modules allow you to build a particular performance profile. For example, you may have an interest in our study areas of popular music, creative sound and musical theatre. Students with an interest in physical performance could, for example, study dance and cabaret.
You will learn the craft of performance and show making, dance and physical theatre, circus skills, the use of technology in performance, text analysis, and writing for performance. You will also have a chance to work with established professionals as part of the international arts scene in Cardiff and further a field. You’ll learn about the theory, history and origins of practice across the performing arts, sites of performance, postmodern performance perspectives, creative project management and street theatre techniques.
There will be many opportunities for you to complete independent practical projects – you can pursue a specialist area of your choice in years two and three, as well as placements and the chance to create and perform a showcase project in year three.
Year One: Performing Arts degree
- Theories. Histories and Origins of Performance
- Interdisciplinary Practice Project
- Analysing Interdisciplinary Practice
- Site, Space and Place [Practices]
- Circus, Street Performance and Performance Technology
Year Two: Performing Arts degree
- Modern and Postmodern Performance Perspectives, Research and Analysing Practice
- Creative and Project Management
- Investigating Performance Project
- Circus, Street Performance and Performance Technology 2
Optional modules include:
- Stand Up Comedy
- Specialist Elective
- Music and Performance
- Improvisation and Role Play
- Emergent Technology for Music
- Global Perspectives (Music)
- Ensemble Studies 2 (Music)
- Dance Technique
Year Three: Performing Arts degree
- Contemporary Performance Practice
- Professional Portfolio
- Graduate Showcase Project
- Investigating Performance