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HND in Acting & Performance SCQF Level 8

SCQF Level 8

As a student on this course, you will not only participate in varied and exciting practical workshops focusing on movement, voice and acting, you will also collaborate with others to create dynamic productions to showcase these skills. In addition, you will learn how to evaluate, analyse and further develop your skills whilst building a portfolio of your performance work to support you in entering work in the performance industry. We are innovative in our approach to learning and teaching, using online resources to support and enhance learning for the modern industry. In your two years of professional training, you will develop and apply skills required to enable you to pursue a career in creative industries and provide the practical and academic skills required to progress to degree level in your chosen specialism.

On successful completion of HND year 1, you will have achieved an HNC in Acting and Performance.

What You Study

We seek to provide exciting educational opportunities for learners through our industry links and creative partners. In the past, we have worked with leading playwrights and practitioners including; National Theatre Scotland, Gregory Burke, David Grieg, Stellar Quines and many more. We have also enjoyed educational trips to London and performed as part of Edinburgh’s annual Fringe Festival. You will be able to tailor your learning by choosing from a menu of additional units which will allow you to develop skills and experience relevant to your chosen career path.

Year 1

Core units

  • Voice 1: developing skills in performance
  • Movement 1: developing skills in performance
  • Acting 1: developing skills in performance
  • Production 1: developing skills in performance
  • Graded unit 1

Optional units will be chosen on an individual basis to reflect your chosen pathway into acting for stage, screen or community employment and teaching.

Year 2

Core units

  • Voice 2: applying skills in performance
  • Movement 2: applying skills in performance
  • Acting 2: applying skills in performance
  • Production 2: applying skills in performance
  • Graded unit 2
  • Professional development for actors

Optional units will be chosen on an individual basis to reflect your chosen pathway into acting for stage, screen or community employment and teaching.

Duration and Attendance

This course is offered as a one year HNC or two year HND.

  • HNC/HND year 1 – one year full-time
  • HND year 2 – one year full-time following successful completion of HND year 1

Entry Requirements

At least one of the following:

  • Two Highers, one of which should be Drama and/or English
  • Relevant experience
  • NC Acting and Theatre Performance Level 6
  • A relevant NPA or baccalaureate

On successful achievement of the HNC/HND year 1 Acting and Performance (15 Credits), an offer of progression to HND year 2 will be made.

Further Study

On completion of this course, you will be able to progress to university level study and take advantage of current two year top-up degree arrangements with the University of the West of

Scotland (UWS) and Napier University as well as preparing for audition to other undergraduate programmes:

  • Diploma in Physical Theatre Practice (Fife College)
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Royal Conservatoire Scotland (RCS)
  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • Drama Centre London
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Cardiff
  • Central School of Speech and Drama London
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)
  • Rose Bruford London
  • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Career Opportunities

  • Actor/performer
  • Acting for stage/screen/TV/film/radio
  • Contemporary performance
  • Teaching within an educational setting
  • Drama facilitation within a community setting
  • Community theatre practitioner
  • Independent performing artist
  • Radio, TV, arts administration
  • Arts journalism and presenting

Application Process

You will be invited for audition and interview at either our Halbeath or St Brycedale Campus. You should prepare two contrasting monologues for performance.

Funding Information

For information on how to apply for funding for your course fees to be paid, funding options and other financial support available, please visit our Financing Your Studies page in our Student Information section.

This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.

Method of Study Year of course Starts* Ends* Based at Apply
Full time 1st Year 04 Sep 2017 15 Jun 2018 St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy apply online
Full time 1st Year 04 Sep 2017 15 Jun 2018 Halbeath Campus Dunfermline apply online

While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.

*Start and End dates refer to the week commencing date and the actual date could be any date within that week.

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