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Foundation Degree in Performing Arts



This two year programme will provide you with an opportunity to explore performance technique, acting, dance and music as well as the use of technology in performance. There is a strong focus on creatinoriginal work through responding to stimuli and engaging in physical theatre practices.

With strong links to employers in the creative industries, the course aims to provide you with an understanding and experience of work in the field of Performing Arts. At the end of the course you have the option to study for an additional year at the University of South Wales ATRiuM to top-up to a BA Hons Degree. You will be guaranteed a place in Year 3 if you pass your Foundation Degree.

What will you study?

Students will develop skills in the creation of performance and explore the relationship between dance, drama and music. A wide range of performance styles, works and practitioners will be explored with the aim of creating knowledgeable and skillful performers. The course will provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Create pre-professional projects working with an Industry Mentor from the Young Actor’s Studio at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama


  • Undertake a Work Placement with Antic Theatre (Professional Theatre Company)


  • Perform in a variety of public productions (minimum of four over two years)


  • Engage with workshops from visiting practitioners, theatre visits and community projects


There is also an opportunity to study appropriate research and study skills for the Performing Arts.


You will usually need two merits and a pass at BTEC level 3 in a relevant subject, or the equivalent at A-level. If you are over 21 and have an interest in performance then you will not require formal qualifications but will be invited to attend an interview or audition.

For further information on this exciting course, please contact:

Andrew Thomas:   a.thomas@merthyr.ac.uk  Tel: 01685 726161














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Course Length:

2 years

Course Levels:

4, 5


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