In studying Creative and Performing Arts, you are taught to not to perceive the arts as being separate subjects but as an integrated whole. To that end the course is designed for students who have ability across the performing arts field and offers exciting opportunities for practical and theoretical exploration of the interplay between subjects.
In your first year, you will study three core disciplines (Dance & Movement, Drama & Performance, Music & Sound) in isolation, gaining an understanding and awareness of their key ideas and practices. In the remaining two years you will choose to specialise in two of these disciplines, creating original work that combines them.
In addition to the lectures and practical seminars, you will have extracurricular trips to performances (plays, concerts, performances) and arts venues (installations and galleries) to inform your knowledge and understanding of the creative and performing arts in a professional context.
The work you will create will be experimental, seeking to challenge and investigate definitions of the arts and explore the different roles it can play. The skills and training you will acquire on this course are designed to develop you as a performer and researcher who is able to make high-quality work that is critically engaged with.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, practical seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. Theories are taught in lectures, whilst skills are taught, brought into use and developed in the smaller, supportive environments of the seminars and tutorials. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
In your first year of study, there are approximately 12 teaching hours per week, which decreases to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you will be expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as working in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
During your degree, there are a variety of assessments to ensure you are given a range of opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and understanding of the academic and professional components of the degree. These include performance exams, essays, portfolios a dissertation and a conference-style presentation of research. There are no timed written examinations.
You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
In the first year, you will study dance and movement, drama and performance, and music and sound in isolation, gaining confidence in both theory and practice to develop an appreciation of the conceptual framework in which each exists.
Weekly lectures provide you with a grounding in the principles and practitioners of the creative and performing arts, whilst weekly seminars allow you to explore ideas discussed in the lectures.
In small groups, you will have a weekly tutorial developing the themes of the lecture series and deepening your conceptual understanding of the various philosophical contexts in which the creative and performing arts function.
Your second year of study has an emphasis on the critical study of the relationship between the creative and performing arts. You can choose which two disciplines to focus on for the remainder of your degree, creating work that combines the different qualities of both.
Weekly lectures and a weekly tutorial introduced you to a select range of critical frameworks in your chosen two disciplines and are assessed on your ability to apply these to your own practice.
You will take part in four practical assessments divided between two themed ‘Project Weeks’ which are devised from your practical seminars.
In your final year, the emphasis will be on you developing research-informed practice of a professional standard, drawing together your knowledge and skills acquired throughout the degree.
Practical seminars will help you develop a year-long performance project of your own devising, equipping you with the necessary practitioner skills to develop your own signature practice. You will have the option of completing a placement within an arts organisation as part of their final year assessment. You will also complete a dissertation of your own devising, with supervision from a member of staff.
|UCAS Tariff Points||112 UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications|
|Access to HE||112 Tariff Points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications|
|Subject Requirements||No specific subject requirements|
|Specific Country Requirements||Select your country|
6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5. We also accept a wide range of International Qualifications. For more information, please visit our English Language Requirements page.
Graduates of this degree go on to a wide range of careers, including self-employed artists, museum and heritage participatory events officers, festival curators, musicians, music producers, teachers, small scale theatre and dance companies, community arts workers, theatre in education companies, regional Dance officers, arts journalists and academics.
The course acknowledges that the evolving landscape has generated new demands for global citizens and future employees. The skills and expertise Creative and Performing Arts students acquire throughout their three years of study are crucial, because it equips them to work in multi-professional teams and adopt holistic approaches to complex problems in such an evolving landscape.
Two profiles/success stories of recent/current Hope graduates.
Donna is the founding director of RMD Memory Matters. The company won the O2 Entrepreneur Award in 2011 for its ground-breaking work with dementia patients and their careers. The Creative and Performing Arts course helped equip Donna with the presentational skills necessary in this challenging work.
‘’Liverpool Hope is a very personal University and the course and lecturers are very motivated in helping you achieve your best. I am very grateful to have had the attention and dedication from Hope to provide me with confidence and knowledge to set up my own children’s theatre company”.
Sally is the founder and creative director of Take A Hint Theatre Company, a Theatre In Education company that provides innovative, topical and thought-provoking theatre for children and young people.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
As well as tuition fees, you may be expected to pay for any field trips that are a part of your degree. You will be told of any costs in plenty of time.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for the 2010/21 academic year are £11,400 per year for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.