City of Bristol College

FdA Theatre Media Performance

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • COBC1018 Voice and Speech

      This module enables learners to study and practice how to use the voice in a range of performance situations. It aims to provide a theoretical understanding of the principles of voice and speech, and the means to practice voice work through a range of exercises and techniques across both theatre and media forms.

    • COBC1135 Acting Techniques

    • COBC1183 Contemporary Theatre in Context

      This module comprises both a lecture and workshop series which survey the historical context of contemporary theatre from post WW2 theatre to current work. You will study a number of contemporary theatre genres and some of the key texts that define them.

    • COBC1184 The Performing Body

      This module is designed to introduce students to physical approaches to developing performance skills drawing on the practical methods and techniques inherent in dance and theatre training.

    • COBC1185 The Creative Professional

      This module enables students to demonstrate that they have explored and developed career options and experienced some of the desired qualities and creative transferable skills necessary for relevant current employment within the performing arts. Students should exercise and demonstrate an understanding of responsibility and decision making to create work in response current practice through a given brief.

    • COBC1186 Ensemble Performance Project

      This module provides an exploration of the collaborative approaches to developing a performance from page to stage. This module introduces ensemble performance skills, through the study and application of the work of practitioners such as Meisner, Joan Littlewood, Augusto Boal and Mike Leigh who have developed specific ideologies for working collaboratively when creating ensemble theatre.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • COBC2005 Devising Theatre Process

      This module explores the artistic process of devising theatre in response to a professional brief to a target audience. It includes the practical techniques and exploration of devising from research and resources in order to develop original material.

    • COBC2151 Physical Theatre

      This module provides an exploration of the physical approaches to performance as explored by contemporary practitioners working within the broad term of `physical theatre¿. Practical sessions will explore the devising process, emphasising the `live-ness¿ of the theatre event as well as the performer-audience relationship.

    • COBC2152 Acting Techniques for Stage & Screen

      This module will focus on the specific demands of working in front of a camera and analysis of performance. You will also learn about film and television auditions and completing acting workshops across different mediums.

    • COBC2153 Voice & Speech

      This module enables learners to study and practice how to use the voice in a range of performance situations. It aims to provide a theoretical understanding of the principles of voice and speech, and the means to practice voice work through a range of exercises and techniques across both theatre and media forms.

    • COBC2154 Directing Theatre

      This module explores the artistic process of adapting and directing a one act play. You will explore a variety of approaches to directing theatre working within the broad term of 'performance'. Adopting a director's role you will explore methods utilised by contemporary directors to adapt themes from an existing text.

    • COBC2155 Devising Theatre Performance

      This module is a culmination of the work created in COBC 2005. This project focuses on the fostering of your own devised work and performance style. You will work as a small-scale theatre company and create an original live performance.

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

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

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.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with City of Bristol College

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 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. 

Studying with City of Bristol College

One of the largest colleges in the UK, we offer the widest range of career-focused, higher education courses in the area. With most of our courses based in our dedicated University Centre, you’ll enjoy expert tuition and a supportive learning environment.

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