Qualification | Degree
Course Leader | Jenny Coyle
Validated by | University of East London (UEL)
Location | Online
Course Length | 1 Year - flexible learning
Start Date | January 2024 / September 2024
The Italia Conti BA (Hons) Professional Arts Practice (One-Year Online Top Up) is an innovative, unique, industry-leading programme.
The programme is designed to be completed entirely through distance learning, to fit around your schedule. Aimed at those who have completed their performing arts training, and may have already worked in the industry, the course is designed to help you reflect upon your journey to this point, research the avenues you wish to pursue next, and bridge the gap to take the next steps on your career journey. Through a wide variety of online resources, live and recorded webinars, group and individual tutorials, presentations, film creation, research projects and written work, you will deeply evaluate your own professional practice and personal qualities and attributes, extensively consider and research an area of the performing arts industry that interests you, and prepare a professional project that moves you towards that goal, through either the creation of a professional portfolio, an action research project or a written dissertation.
The programme focuses on you and your personal and professional development, training you in the reflective and research skills required to get you from where you are to where you want to be. We teach you how to critically reflect upon your life and work experience to date, intensively research the options you’re interested in pursuing and help you bridge the gap between where you are and where you wish to go next.
There are three modules in the programme, which focus on the following:
In this module, you will learn the skills of Critical Reflection through studies of different reflective models, and how to embed them into your professional practice. Using these skills, you will write a reflective essay of 4,500 words reflecting on your relevant life experiences to date and framing them in such a way as to make them beneficial to your future professional life. You will also write a literature review assimilating the reading you undertook while creating the reflective essay, which is an opportunity to practice your academic reading and writing skills. You will then go on to a practical project, creating a documentary-style video which focuses on the area of the creative industries you feel you wish to further research and pursue through this programme and beyond, thus informing your future career choices, after which you will write a short mission statement which assimilates the learning of the module and launches you into the next stage of your studies.
In this module, you have the opportunity to gain experience in the field you are interested in researching further or continuing into in your future career. You might choose to undertake an internship or work experience, or use the time to meet professionals in your field of interest to gain an in-depth knowledge of your chosen field. Your research is assessed in the final week of the module through a panel presentation, and written report.
This is your dissertation module, which can be undertaken through one of three options:
This option will be appropriate for those who wish to launch a business of some description, or create marketing materials for their personal career development.
By way of example, for those students wishing to pursue a career in performance, this might consist of a filmed showreel as a demonstration of your skills in performance, choreographic/director or creative work as is appropriate, and a website to promote their work. For those setting up a business it might be a portfolio of promotional videos, brochures or website materials, and learning how to utilise social media platforms to promote your businesses, whether this is yourself as a performer, creative, maker, facilitator or a service-providing business you wish to create. There will be a viva voce to present the materials and describe your processes.
This option allows you to undertake an action research project which allows you to investigate and interrogate, through practical research activities, an area of interest within the performing or creative arts sectors, chosen in consultation with the Course Leader or personal tutor. The research will be presented in a written report to present your findings and your process.
This option will be suited to those who have an aspect of their practice they wish to collect data on, formulate a strategy to trial, and write up the results of that trial as a report. An example of this is a teacher who wishes to explore some aspect of developing their practice through classroom/studio ‘experiments’ with students.
This option will be suited to those who wish to deeply research an aspect of their practice and formally convey their findings through a full written dissertation. You may choose to submit a written dissertation on an area of interest within the performing or creative arts sectors, the subject of which will be selected in consultation with the Course Leader or personal tutor.
Additionally, to support your learning, you access have to two bonus sub-modules designed to teach you essential study skills, and academic reading and writing skills to prepare you to effectively read and write at BA (Hons) level 6 level, no matter what or when your last academic experience.
The above modules are assessed through a range of tasks from written papers, reports and reflections to panel presentations and documentary-style videos. You will be supported in your research and professional development by a range of specialists in the field, who will help you combine your personal and professional goals with academic development, and leave you with all the tools and experience you’ll need to embark on the next stage of your arts industry career.
The course is very much tailored to your own interests and goals and can be completed from anywhere in the world, so long as you have internet access. Any live sessions will be recorded to catch up later, and your personal tutors will plan one to one sessions around your availability. The time commitment involved depends very much on your own personal working patterns, but is highly manageable around full time work, family life or other commitments. A typical week may involve around 15 hours of course work, but this changes throughout the different components of the course, and may be more or less at certain points.
We are looking for students who have completed their Level 6 Trinity Diploma in performing arts or equivalent, or have extensive relevant professional performance experience. Your application will involve an interview to determine your suitability for the programme and discuss your aims and objectives.
Completing your BA (Hons) degree with Italia Conti will equip you academically and practically to move on to the next stage of your performing arts degree, with the knowledge and expertise of the faculty of one of the longest-established performing arts schools in the country behind you.
UK students can apply for funding through Student Loans Company
UK Tuition Fees | £9250 (paid in advanced in termly instalments)
International Students | £13,449
Deposit | £275 (The deposit is refundable within 14 calendar days of the payment being received by Italia Conti but will not be refunded thereafter for non-enrolment. It will be held by the School and will be refundable on completion of the course, without interest, less any outstanding sums owed by the student to Italia Conti.)
Terms and conditions apply upon acceptance to Italia Conti.
The BA (Hons) Top Up course offers the following funding options:
It’s fantastic. Showcases, shows, summer shows, carol concerts. It’s very full on but I don’t wake up regretting coming here. It is the best thing ever!
“The college provides you with a disciplined, yet family atmosphere that trains you to become the best of the best moving forwards into the performing arts industry.”
“Italia Conti has helped me in terms of my acting development, but also as a person and how I engage and view the world, which aids me as an actor.”
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“Italia Conti allowed me to do my favorite thing, every day in a safe space amongst talented, supportive people. Being taught by skillful tutors was invaluable. The small classes ensured my voice was always heard and helped me hone my skills.”
“My training at Italia Conti has challenged, fulfilled, and broadened me as an actor and as a person. The buffet of techniques on offer will allow me to meet all challenges in any avenue.”
“The influx of inspiring people flowing through the building creates an atmosphere for greatness and I am honoured to be a part of that.”
“I couldn’t have asked for a more understanding place to spend these crucial moments. The door is always open for us to come back ‘home’ for advice, or even for a cup of tea!”
“Having the most supportive faculty (many of which are working professionals), who are always pushing you to be the best version of yourself has made my transition into the industry a seamless one.”
Application to the BA (Hons) Professional Arts Practice (Top Up) course is to be made through UCAS only. Please note that our listing on UCAS is shown as University of East London (UEL) – Musical Theatre.
UCAS Institution Code | E28
UCAS Course Code | W316
Once applicants have applied for the BA (Hons) Professional Arts Practice (Top Up) programme through UCAS they will receive an email from UEL containing a link to Italia Conti’s BA (Hons) application form. Applicants must complete this form in order to be considered for the course. Applicants cannot apply through UCAS alone for this programme.
Applicants should have completed Italia Conti’s application form by the 10 December in the year of application in order to be considered for an interview for January intake – i.e. 10 December 2022 for January 2023 entry.
Applicants should have completed Italia Conti’s application form by 01 July in the year of application, in order to be considered for an interview for the September intake i.e. 01 July 2022 for September 2022 entry.
Applicants who have applied through UCAS and who have not received an email containing a link to Italia Conti’s application form should contact firstname.lastname@example.org before the 10 December in the year of application for January intake and before 01 July for September intake.
In line with our admissions policy, Italia Conti reserves the right to alter or withdraw offers at any point. Places on our courses are limited; it is usual for drama schools to make more offers than there are places. Acceptances are dealt with on a first come first serve basis and so early acceptance is advised.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BA (HONS) IN PROFESSIONAL ARTS PRACTICE (TOP UP)
NON-STANDARD ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
On occasion, admission may be considered through recognition of non-standard entry through the AEL or ACL process. Where the student demonstrates good capacity practically through the interview process, but prior qualifications do not demonstrate sufficient evidence to adjudicate a student’s capacity to engage with the written aspects of the relevant course, an offer conditional on providing a written exercise could be made (within the previously noted processes for AEL). UEL also provide equivalences data for students who may have international qualifications, which can inform the decision-making process.
NO FORMAL QUALIFICATIONS
We also welcome applications from students who have gained appropriate skills through a wide range of vocational qualifications or suitable experience. Candidates may be required to give an additional element at interview to demonstrate their suitability and this may include written work. Any offer would be subject to the approval of the Italia Conti Panel and UEL. Mature students (over 21) with no formal qualifications should contact the Course Administrator prior to sending in their application form to ensure that the necessary information can be supplied to the School.
CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING
Students may be admitted through Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) process.
All prospective students wishing their prior certificated or experiential learning to be considered will have to attend an in-depth interview with the Italia Conti Course Leader and panel to determine suitability and qualification for entry. A portfolio of written and/or creative work may also be requested. Evidence will be reviewed by a panel on a case-by-case basis. All recommendations for entry on the basis of accredited certificated or experiential learning will need to be ratified by the UEL Award board, which will do so according to the standard time frames.
CRITERIA FOR INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS TO BE PRESENTED TO A PANEL IN THE ABSENCE OF A RECOGNISED FORMAL QUALIFICATION
The evidence will be reviewed by a panel on a case by case basis. Consideration may be given to the following, to evidence a successful and high quality, professional performance career: