City College Plymouth

FdA Creative Theatre Practice

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CITY1072 Core Techniques (Voice)

      This module focuses on developing the technical and artistic skills of the voice. We will train the performing instrument through the study of the mechanics of vocal production, the tuning of the voice for spoken and sung performance, the development of an individual practice programme and the application of appropriate vocal techniques to a variety of performance styles.

    • CITY1074 Broadcast Performance

      This module explores a range of tools and performance techniques relating to broadcast arts. The module focuses on the role of the actor in the development of performance for audio and TV broadcast. Learners will be introduced to the specific technical and creative demands made of the performer when working on a film/television/digital video/multimedia production.

    • CITY1075 Creative Process in Production

      This module explores the creative and practical processes involved in developing a performance from concept through to touring production. Students will identify a role or roles as part of a performance company working within a clearly defined project that facilitates the development of industry skills.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • CITY1070 Creative Actor

      This module focuses on the role of the actor in the process of crafting performance. This module explores improvisation practises and develops playfulness, spontaneity and awareness of what it means to take risks in the moment of `playing¿. We will explore a variety of creative and exciting approaches to live performance, considering and applying research, understanding of styles, conventions and performance conditions in developing performance work.

    • CITY1071 Object Theatre

      This module explores a range of performance techniques that relate to object, puppet and mask theatre. Students will develop technical skills in a range of specialist areas from traditional and contemporary sources. The module will develop through `in the moment¿ training and improvisation and devising skills. They will explore the creation and development of performance through focused manipulation of inanimate objects.

    • CITY1073 Core Techniques (Body)

      This module is a partner module to Core Techniques (Voice). It focuses on developing the technical and expressive skills of the actors body through the study of the mechanics of movement, the training of the body for performance, the development of an individual practice programme and the application of appropriate physical techniques to performance. It prepares students for a career in the performing arts by interrogating best practice for on-going training both during and after the course.

  • Year 3
  • Core modules
    • CITY2070 Applied Production Technology

      The purpose of this module is to equip students with core technical skills used within theatre. Through the creative process of theatre making students encounter a range of technology-driven scenarios that need to be effectively designed, deployed and evaluated. Students will learn how to create theatrical illusions and immersive worlds with light, sound and digital technologies. Students will also explore and analyse the impact of technology upon audiences and performers.

    • CITY2071 Core Techniques (Advanced)

      The purpose of this module is to deepen, broaden and develop skills in vocal and physical technique. As well as working at a higher level of technique, this module expands upon Level 4 Core Technique (Body/Voice) by placing a strong focus on independent practice. This module is closely linked to the Creative Professional module and is assessed through workshops and performances.

    • CITY2073 Creative Approaches to Site

      This module introduces the techniques of creating site based ¿Landscape Theatre¿ performance work. Students will study a range of approaches to making performance work outside of the traditional theatre building with a view to making their own piece of site based theatre for a specific ¿client¿ audience.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

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As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Our partnership with City College Plymouth

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with City College Plymouth

Just one-and-a-half miles from Plymouth University, we’re one of the largest colleges in the South West, with two main sites linked by shuttle buses, with a dynamic Students’ Union and Student Liaison Team.

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