Professional Diploma in Performance UAL (Level 4) (Acting Company)

Level 4
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Are you interested in acting? Are you thinking of applying for drama school?

This Diploma in Performance (Level 4) course is designed for students aged 18+ who have completed a three A Level programme, which includes drama, or an Extended Diploma in Performing Arts. The underpinning knowledge of drama theorists, devising and improvisation gained on these courses is essential to engage fully with this one year intensive drama course.

Students accepted on this course should be aiming to apply to specialist drama colleges or university. 

Updated May 2020

Key information

Entry Requirements

Three A Levels including Drama or the Performing Arts (Level 3 Extended Diploma).

Entry by interview and audition.

Course Delivery

Students will:

  • further develop a range of acting, voice and movement skills
  • be assisted in their preparation for auditions
  • engage in a variety of  performance projects in professional venues
  • work with professional theatre directors
  • attend a range of theatre performances

The course is delivered through various practical and theoretical units and performance projects. A large proportion of the work undertaken is of a practical nature and is assessed continuously. There are no examinations on this course. The course is full time and students are required to be available for up to 18 hours contact time per week.

Progression Opportunities

Graduates of this course have progressed onto a number of nationally acclaimed colleges including Arts Educational School, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, RADA, E15, LAMDA, Mountview, GSA Conservatoire, LIPA and Rose Bruford, as well as various universities. Some students progress onto professional theatre and television work.

Additional Information

Students are based at the Gorseinon Campus but will attend some classes at the Grand Theatre, Swansea.

Performing in productions features as part of the course, and previous productions include Medea, Generation O (a collaboration with Gary Owen), The Trial, Oedipus, Smile Asylum and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Students are given the opportunity to experience a variety of performances and to take part in workshops with professional performers. They will also be expected to attend regular theatre visits.

A course fee of £450 covers workshops and master classes with industry professionals.

What do past students of this course have to say?

“The course was a great way to help me prepare for drama school…”

“Working with external directors was great preparation for the relationships I now have with my teachers and directors at college…”

“Singing and movement classes helped to really broaden my craft…”

“It helped my confidence by, at times, getting me out of my comfort zone…”

“The course is an intelligent one for students who want another year’s training…”


Interested in studying this course?

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