Contemporary Creative Practice: Dance and Theatre Arts (Top-up)

at Burton and South Derbyshire College

Study options


BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
Burton and South Derbyshire College
Study option:
Full-time, top-up
1 Year

Enhance your expertise

Transform your Foundation degree into a BA Honours degree

Practice and theory

Combine theoretical and practical study to get a fully rounded dance and theatre arts experience

Expert professional practitioners

Study with tutors with real-world experience in the creative industries

This course allows students who have completed a Foundation degree (or equivalent) to progress to a BA Honours Degree.

This BA (Hons) top up course allows you to enhance relevant industry skills and processes, and graduate with a refined and professional portfolio of work in the field of Dance and Theatre Arts . You will work practically through indusry-led and negotiated briefs that require the recognition and application of professional practice. You will also be aware of professional expectations and be able to develop an independent route towards your individual career or postgraduate goals.

You will be supported by your tutors to pursue new approaches to your subject as well as develop the transferable and technological skills necessary for you to compete in the changing global environment of contemporary creative practice.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Contemporary Creative Practice: Dance and Theatre Arts

Course content

This Award gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in this discipline further, so if you wish to set up or extend a dance studio, create and run theatre workshops for education in the region, work for a touring theatre company, run children’s activities or work in other theatre/dance related practice, this is the award to enable to you progress towards your career of choice. You’ll be able to work on personally directed areas and projects such as choreography development, creating and leading a flash mob event, creative dance progression, inclusive movement experience, or other aspirational areas of practice: this award will enable you to build on your current skills and abilities, both theoretically and practically to develop a portfolio of commercially oriented practice to support your work intentions.

Entry requirements

FdA, HND (Level 5 progression route) in a relevant discipline.


This course will support you to develop the entrepreneurial skills which will allow you to flourish within the dance and theatre arts industry, either working as a freelancer or within a professional studio context.

Teaching and assessment


We know that our students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach through a combination of lectures, workshops, and practical sessions. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor (or equivalent) at least twice a year to help support you in your studies. You will be taught in high-quality learning spaces throughout your course, and of course will have access to virtual learning environments to enhance your learning opportunities. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module will give you a variety of opportunities to receive informal feedback from your tutor. These may include classroom discussions, discussions in the virtual learning environment, presentations, milestone assessments, and practice assessments. Informal feedback is developmental and any grades you may receive for these do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.


You will normally receive feedback on formal coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats, including one-to-one discussions with your tutor. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


You will be taught by a staff team with extensive experience within the creative industries.


For the course starting on 23 September 2024 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons)-Full-time, top-up
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time £6,350 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Burton and South Derbyshire College BA (Hons) Full-time, top-up 23 September 2024 Apply now
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