Exeter College

FdA Acting and Theatre

Recognised as one of the leading further education college in the country, we offer small class sizes and one-to-one support. We offer courses delivered by friendly staff with industry experience. We offer modern, specialist, acclaimed learning resource centres. The result of studying with us? You earn a nationally and internationally recognised qualification awarded by Plymouth University. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • PER101 Improvising

      Students will create original performance material through improvisation. Students will explore the relevance of improvisational techniques to the process of making theatre. They will develop the ability to evaluate and analyse process and performance through an extended piece of writing.

    • PER102 Storytelling

      Students will explore the expressive potential, traditions and techniques of storytelling. Working both individually and in groups, students will explore adapting existing stories for performance, and have the opportunity to create their own story material.

    • PER103 Text and Society1

      Students will examine the interaction between society, text and performance, in historical periods of key importance in the development of theatre from Ancient Greece to the Renaissance. Students will explore the relationship between play-text, theatre space, and culture in studied texts.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • PER106 Text and Society2

      This module explores performance from the Elizabethan period to the birth of European Naturalism. It gives an academic introduction to the key historical periods and theatrical genres that inform our understanding of the development of theatre and performance, with the exploration of relevant key texts.

    • PER107 Performance Practice1

      This module will give students the opportunity to take part in a whole-group tutor-directed performance related to texts studied in Text and Society2. Students will further their performance and production skills, and the development of individual skills in ensemble acting.

    • PER201 Scriptwriting and Adapting Text

      This module offers the student the opportunity to develop the ability to creatively explore the relationship between text and performance. Students will explore different approaches to scriptwriting and adapting text, and author and develop their own text for performance.

    Optional modules
    • PER204 Independent Study

      Students will undertake an extended research project on an area of the curriculum that they find interesting. This work can be a combination of practical exploration and extended written report, and may relate to Work Based Learning. An outline of the proposed study must be submitted and approved by the tutor, by the end of Term 4, before students undertake the project.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • PER202 Text and Society3

      In this module, students will examine a range of plays from the twentieth century, focusing on key writers and practitioners. They will make links between major developments in society, and the links between these and theatre and performance practice, and related developments in play texts.

    • PER203 Performance Practice2

      Students will take part in a tutor-led production related to Text and Society3. They will explore key developments in modern performance practice through workshop, rehearsal, and performance, and become aware of related aspects of production. They will consider the impact of modern technology and media on performance practice.

    • PER205 Experimental Theatre

      This module focuses on theatre practitioners and companies who have challenged the accepted and conventional parameters and processes of theatre and its production, defining new directions and concerns in performance production.

    • PER206 Performance Practice3

      Students will take part in a performance production which may be related to Experimental Theatre. Students will explore the practical demands of innovative and experimental theatre. Students will take responsibility for aspects of production such as directing and design, with support from their tutor.

    Optional modules
    • PER204 Independent Study

      Students will undertake an extended research project on an area of the curriculum that they find interesting. This work can be a combination of practical exploration and extended written report, and may relate to Work Based Learning. An outline of the proposed study must be submitted and approved by the tutor, by the end of Term 4, before students undertake the project.

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

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. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with Exeter College

Plymouth University 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 Plymouth University. 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 Partners 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. 

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