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.

Revolutionary drama school training in North London

Fourth Monkey’s BA (Hons) Acting Degree offers some of the most comprehensive and contemporary training for artists entering the industry today. An intensive approach incorporates all the relevant disciplines vital for a successful career in this ever-changing and rapidly-diversifying industry.

The training includes five public performance seasons, one being an industry showcase, as well as a professionally produced acting showreel and voice reel.

With an alumni employment rate of 84% within 12 months of graduation, Fourth Monkey’s BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree is suitable for those looking to forge a career as a professional actor and theatre maker. Fourth Monkey’s Acting Degree offers innovative and cutting-edge actor training with opportunities unparalleled in contemporary actor training.

This course provides students with the unique experience of training in an ensemble environment. You will learn by working alongside established industry professionals, whilst also creating and producing your own work and becoming industry ready. Gain the skills necessary for a career of longevity and variety with this revolutionary training and Fourth Monkey’s ethos of ensemble.

There are also opportunities to gain a bursary for the winner of Fourth Monkey’s Experimental Fringe Project, professional and paid employment with our professional ensemble company, the Fourth Monkey Ensemble, and continued professional career development, maintenance and guidance through masterclasses and workshops on Fourth Monkey’s Actor’s Co-Lab programme post-graduation.


Fourth Monkey’s BA (Hons) Acting accelerated degree is awarded by Falmouth University, which has been ranked gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the new classification of degree teaching standards. Gold is reserved for institutions where teaching, retention and graduate outcomes are consistently outstanding and are of the highest quality found in the UK.

Falmouth University has a history of over 100 years at the leading edge of creativity and is now at the forefront of driving innovation and entrepreneurialism across the creative economy with its mission of ‘‘doing it for real’’.

Below is an outline of the key features of the programme:

"The Fourth Monkey training is my personal steel core, I’ll always have it and I can depend on it. This place is me and I am this place. I’m so proud to be a graduate of this school.” - Amy Rushnet, Alumni 2019

This flexible top-up year is designed to follow on from our Foundation Degree in Music & Sound...
Equivalent to the 3rd year of a degree, this flexible top-up year is designed to follow on from our Foundation Degree in Music & Sound, but would also suit any applicants studying a music related HND, Foundation Degree or indeed those with recognised industry experience backed up with qualifications. Validated by the University of West London, the course has been developed to mirror the modern music industry, allowing students to learn the skills to become independent, multi-skilled music practitioners, fluent with various forms of multi-media.

The BA (Hons) Live Event Management degree is a groundbreaking programme with the ever-changing live music ecosystem at its heart. Developed in consultation with key bodies of the live events industry, this highly practical contemporary course will connect you to the cutting edge of the fast-moving and constantly evolving live events sector. You’ll be encouraged to look to the future to see what’s possible, as you collaborate on real-world projects and build impressive creative, business, management and innovation skills.

Designed for the next generation of entrepreneurs in the multi-billion-pound UK live events industry, you’ll develop a host of practical, theoretical and creative skills in live production, event management and arts curation. Immersing you at the heart of the industry, you’ll gain the knowledge and abilities you need to run creative live music events across your professional career.

This is a four-year version of our very popular BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen course, with an integrated foundation year. It is the perfect route to help you develop your skills and self-confidence needed before you embark on Year 1 of your degree. course, designed over 3 terms, is designed to enable students to achieve their potential as an actor at the start of their journey.

PP Academy is an inclusive and lively community of performers, industry practitioners and facilitators.

We champion a safe and supportive working environment, promoting a strong ensemble ethic whilst allowing individuality and identity.

Our students enjoy long lasting personal and professional relationships formed while closely exploring a wide range of learning experiences, rehearsal-based projects and public performances.

We are dedicated to individual development and our team of industry-experienced tutors deliver a rigorous and innovative training programme designed to prepare graduates for today’s industry with a dual focus on both Stage and Screen.

Reflection on professional practice is an empowering aspect of the student experience and in the third year there is the opportunity to write your dissertation on the subject that matters most to you.

In addition, there is the possibility of access to the PPA Agency, which has enviable industry links and may promote graduates into the Acting world with access to agents, casting directors and potential employers. Where possible, we encourage students to develop industry links via public performances, auditions, work-based learning opportunities and the Showcase.

Whether your ambitions are on stage or backstage, Theatre, Acting & Performance at Worcester is all about practical work. You learn theory through practice - in a wide range of venues, including our own drama studios, other local arts or theatre venues, unusual spaces such as nightclubs or disused churches, festivals, outdoor spaces and gardens. If you choose to, you can also have a work placement with a theatre, school or production company, or work within modules with youth or community groups, such as people with learning disabilities

As well as developing your acting skills, devising or writing your own performances and staging existing plays, you'll also cover the technical and practical side of the theatre experience, learning how to rig a light, for example. Furthermore, your wider study of the subject can prepare you for a wide range of careers alongside one in theatre (acting, directing, writing or technical theatre), such as teaching, or youth and community work.

Key features
- Friendly community, with 'getting to know you' activities in Welcome Week, student societies such as Loco (musical theatre) and Spotlight (cabaret), and 'Scratch Nights' where you can try out ideas in front of an encouraging audience
- Supportive tutors, who are also practitioners, many with ongoing performance companies
- Visiting theatre companies, who perform for students and trips to a range of local and national theatres, or viewing national productions view live-stream
- Links with community groups, museums and youth groups, giving you a choice of real-world settings for practising your craft
- Opportunity to transfer to MTheatre (our four-year integrated masters programme) at the end of your first year, with an even greater focus on professional practice

Our Musical Theatre curriculum provides a complete practical training experience for students interested in performance. Based at the Millennium Studios in London, the course’s core disciplines are dance, singing and acting, with a focus on excellence in Musical theatre practice.

You will gain high-level skill sets in practice to shape your performance abilities as well as your contextual understanding, preparing you for work, immediately upon graduation. All of our students are taught by highly-experienced industry professionals who are passionate about teaching the next generation of performers. Millennium Performing Arts produces graduates that have the knowledge and confidence to make a significant contribution to whatever discipline they undertake, either as performers or in later life, as teachers, directors or producers.

Key Features
- This course is based in London at the Millennium Performing Arts studios.
- Millennium Performing Arts has strong connections to the performing arts professions including West End and major Touring Companies as well as Travel and Cruise Companies
- Musical Theatre BA (Hons) with Millennium Performing Arts is taught by high-end practitioners with extensive experience in all aspects of performance including musical theatre, Jazz and Contemporary Dance, Opera, TV, Film, - Cabaret as well as management at all levels and artistic directorship.
- Students will receive technical training up to professional level as well as the knowledge they need to navigate the industry.
- Millennium Performing Arts is home to some large studios, with sprung flooring, singing rooms, acting studios, an in-house café and nearby private fitness and Pilates facilities, a treatment room, lecture rooms, a library and AV room, a bookshop and changing facilities and an office

Equip yourself for a challenging career in the fast-paced and fast growth marketing communications industry. It is also recognised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) as career-relevant.

You'll learn from our team of specialist academic staff and marketing communications professionals and be supported by regular career coaching. You'll engage with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) as you position yourself to enter this highly creative sector.

With its strong focus on innovation, creativity and contemporary issues, (such as digital communications, social media, instant gratification and globalisation), this highly-specialised degree will signal that you are creative, focused and commercially-driven. You will be able to demonstrate your marketing communications expertise alongside the skills most valued by employers.

You will engage with the latest thinking through a research project supported by a member of our Customer Interactions Research Group.

Key features
- Enhance your employability through internships, consultancy projects, a one-year paid placement and integrated coaching from experienced business leaders
- Experience international cultures and develop a global mind-set through options to work and study abroad
- A degree which is dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
- Recognised from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
- Associate Membership with Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
- Opportunities to engage in additional professional certifications throughout the degree

Set yourself up for an exciting career in business marketing. You’ll be supported by our professional network of academic staff, business leaders and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). You'll be well placed to launch your graduate marketing career, whether you aspire to work in a marketing role or for a marketing agency.

You'll gain subject expertise in business and marketing, alongside a grounding in contemporary business issues (such as globalisation, digital communications and the growth of social media). You'll be able to demonstrate your business knowledge through active experience, such as applied consultancy projects, paid placements, internships and study abroad. This active experience will show that you are a creative, customer-oriented and commercially-focused graduate with a broad range of skills that are valued by employers.

Key features

- Gain Associate Membership of the Chartered Management Institute and accreditation through the Chartered Institute of Marketing - there will be a charge for membership of the professional bodies
- Work with marketing specialists and academics who have extensive experience of management, consultancy or running their own business
- Enhance your employability through internships, consultancy projects, a one-year paid placement and integrated coaching
- Experience international cultures and develop a global mindset through options to work and study abroad

Mountview produces over 20 in-house productions each year in our state-of-the-art theatres, giving Technical Production students a vast array of learning experiences.
Mountview’s Technical Production training is primarily focussed on sound and lighting, while also incorporating video and technical stage craft. Course content includes lighting and sound studio skills, the preparation and management of technical equipment, lighting and sound system design, how to programme and operate desks, video mapping and design, as well as core technical and maintenance skills.
Mountview is internationally recognised for the quality of its Musical Theatre training and produces at least 8 large-scale musicals in-house every year, providing Technical Production students with extensive experience of the musical format.
As part of the BA (Hons) Top-Up, students have the option to select a specialism in which to develop a greater depth of experience.
Mountview also offers a two-year Foundation degree (FdA) in Technical Production which provides fast-track training.
The BA (Hons) Top-Up is open to Mountview students currently studying on the FdA course, as well as non-Mountview graduates with relevant qualifications or experience.
Mountview Technical Production graduates enter a strong network of successful professionals working in lighting, sound and technical production. Their work spans large-scale national, West End and regional theatres, international touring productions, festivals and events, as well as TV, film and media companies.
Production Arts graduates have gone on to work with a diverse range of companies including the National Theatre, Secret Cinema, Hamilton, Mamma Mia, Eurovision, Les Miserables and the Olympics.
Our resident team of tutors for this course are supported by industry professionals who work alongside the students on productions. Previous guest tutors have included professionals from:
• Punchdrunk
• Hamilton
• The Globe
• The National Theatre

The BA (Hons) Top-Up course is a full-time one-year course with 30 contact hours per week over 36 weeks in each year. With continuous assessment across all the compulsory modules, students work alongside professional lighting and sound designers, technicians and programmers.
Students have the option to select a specialism in which to develop a greater depth of experience. All specialisms are built on a robust foundation of transferable skills and strong emphasis is placed on learning through practice.
Training includes:
• Hands-on training with contemporary equipment
• Technical stagecraft skills including rigging and flying and installation of live productions
• Sound studio skills including recording and editing technology and techniques
• Lighting sStudio skills including computerised drafting and visualisation software
• Understanding and designing lighting and sound systems
• Prepping, fitting, and monitoring radio mic systems
• Planning, prepping and managing lighting equipment for live productions
• Programming and mixing industry standard sound desks on plays and musicals
• Programming and operating lighting desks, including working with generic and moving lighting equipment
• Creating sound, lighting and video designs for live productions
• Technical and maintenance skills such as power distribution, soldering and other skills needed by the modern production professional

Students also undertake work placements with external organisations, allowing them to develop a network of professional contacts and gain valuable experience. Previous placement destinations have included Moulin Rouge! The Musical, The Globe, Wiltons Music Hall, National Theatre, Cabaret, Park Theatre and the Barbican.
Students are given integral roles on both Mountview productions and professional placements. This provides excellent opportunities to showcase skills, gain important industry contacts and develop personal networks, all of which are key to your career progression.

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