University Campus Barnsley (UCB)’s BA (Hons) Top-up Acting for Touring Theatre is now officially validated by Sheffield Hallam University.

UCB and Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) have worked closely to develop the programme to ensure it is in accordance with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and standards of SHU. The course provides students with the best possible opportunities to gain the knowledge and experience required to progress into a career within the theatre industry.

The BA (Hons) Top-up Acting for Touring Theatre programme, a one year full-time course, is designed to prepare actors and creative artists for the launch of their career. Essentially working within a theatre company, the course allows students to build traditional skills that agents or casting directors are looking for. Students will also work with other professional theatre companies and have the opportunity to take their work on tour, providing them with first-hand work experience to prepare them for the world of work after completing their course.

Peter Lawton, HE Pathway Leader for Performing Arts at UCB, said: “We are proud to present this one year top-up degree acting course, designed to give students the opportunity of becoming fully-fledged actors and creative artists.”

Dr Henry Bell, Performance Studies Lecturer at SHU, added: “We’re delighted to be working with UCB on this innovative course. We want to promote performing arts education across the region and this degree allows young people who want to perform and are interested in touring theatre the opportunity to do so.”