University of East London

BA (Hons) Performing Arts

Working across disciplines of acting, music and movement, this exciting and collaborative course responds to the creative industry demands of today by developing artists who will graduate as multi-skilled creative performers and practitioners.

Foundation year

If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BA, you can study this course as an extended, four-year programme. You'll begin by taking a foundation year which prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree. This means it will take you four years to complete the course full-time, and eight years to complete the course part-time.

Entry Requirements


Without Foundation Year

 112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
With Foundation Year

 64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

Additional Requirements

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work (Please see below for details).

Portfolio Requirements

The portfolio is a very important part of the application process. It should reflect broad examples of your work. This will be used as evidence of your creative ability and potential.

Your portfolio should include elements of the below:

  • Evidence of use of colour, mixed media, sculptural work, photography, collage, and idea development.
  • Drawing skills - life drawing, observational drawing, understanding of garment scale and proportion on the body, fashion drawings, and inspiration development
  • Visual research and inspiration development
  • Evidence of understanding of fashion market levels
  • Evidence of publication knowledge – relevant newspaper and high-end conceptual fashion magazines
  • Fabric research
  • Any samples/photographs of work
  • Evidence of own projects/work/blogs etc

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths,
  • Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and
  • Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those with no formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

Graduates who have studied drama and theatre at UEL have landed jobs in a wide variety of areas.  We anticipate that with the skills you will gain from the course you will be able to work as:

  • Integrated Arts Practitioner - music, dance, theatre
  • Creative Producer / Director (across Media, Film, Multimedia, Games, Music, Theatre, applied Theatre)
  • Academic Creative Arts Research / Practice (e.g. MA Performance Practices at UEL)
  • Creative Project Management
  • Creative Arts Production and Technical Crew

Course Details

You will work collaboratively and creatively with your peers, exploring and blending the disciplines of music, movement and acting. Experiencing a range of contemporary performance methodologies, you will develop skills as both performer and performance maker, enabling you to establish your own authentic and relevant creative practice.

You will be taught by a team of academics and professional artistic practitioners with a combined wealth of experience as makers, performers and researchers. Professional guest speakers will provide lectures, tailored workshops, masterclasses and opportunities, which will provide a direct link to the creative arts industry. In the past, our students have performed or collaborated with Stratford Circus, the National Youth Theatre, English Heritage, Positive East, The Vault Festival and many more.

About the Foundation Year

You will study acting, dance, physical theatre and community theatre through six distinctive modules. You will participate in a variety of dynamic projects and learn about current trends in the performing arts. The course content is specifically chosen to reflect the diverse nature of our students and this is evident through the themes, practitioners and subject matter covered. You will learn in a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Each module focuses on developing your understanding of the techniques intrinsic to the separate disciplines and will prepare you for a successful entry onto your chosen degree pathway listed below.

  • BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice
  • BA (Hons) Performing Arts
  • BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance

The foundation course is for students who:

  • do not yet have the entry requirements for study at level 4.
  • want to develop skills and confidence before embarking on study at Level 4.
  • are returning to study.
  • are changing careers and need to gain experience in the performing arts.

Foundation Year

Performing Arts Skills 1
Group Work 1
Professional Outcomes
Performing Arts Skills 2
Group Work 2
Mental Wealth: Professional Life

Year 1

Performing Arts Technique 1: Establish
Collaboration 1
Public Project 1
Performing Arts Technique 2: Extend
Collaboration 2
Mental Wealth: Professional Life: Enterprise and Engagement 1

Year 2

Performing Arts Craft 1: Establish
Multidisciplinary Collaboration 1
Public Project 2
Performing Arts Craft 2: Extend
Multidisciplinary Collaboration 2
Mental Wealth: Professional Life Enterprise and Engagement 2

Year 3

Performing Arts Advanced Practice and Innovation
Final Project: Research and Development
Public Project 3
Performing Arts Advanced Practice and Enterprise
Final Project: Implementation and Impact
Mental Wealth: Professional Life : Enterprise and Engagement 3

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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