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Performing Arts HNC


About the course

This dynamic course provides young adults with a professionally focused, industry based preparation for Higher Education or work. The course has strong partnerships with local theatres, acting agents and creative organisations within Islington and Camden. Through these partnerships, the teaching team are able to offer a relevant, realistic actor and theatre training. You will be supported to enhance your individual characteristics and develop your talents so that you are fully prepared to present yourself to the professional industry. You will learn performance skills both physically and vocally, as well as looking in-depth at a range of acting and performance techniques. Making creative work as part of a company will be an integral part of the programme, as will regular input from external practitioners and experts, giving you a comprehensive understanding of this exciting industry. There is an emphasis on taking performance work out on tour to different communities and performing work that is responsive to current local, national and global issues.

Applicants should normally be aged 18 years and over and will need to have at least one of the following:a BTEC or other Level 3 qualification in Performing Arts or a related area;A GCE Advanced level profile, which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to Crelevant industry experience or currently working within the Creative Industry.

The overall course structure will consist of three diverse production assignments (including work placements where possible). Skills units in voice, movement and production will feed into these production assignments. Each assignment will place emphasis on a different aspect of the theatre industry for example: community theatre/arts, contemporary/urban drama or scene study for showcase to agents. Therefore unit learning outcomes will be integrated and cross mapped to suit the vocational scenario.

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Assessment will be through on-going coursework (and practical performances) the written aspects will include:

  • Research Projects
  • Online portfolios
  • Presentations

On achieving the HNC in Performing Arts you will be able to:

  • Access work within the Performing Arts industry.
  • Access the second year of a subject related course at University.
  • Be prepared to audition for Drama School.

I took the course at the College and my passion for performing arts just grew and grew

Armin Karminadaghi

Armin Karminadaghi

Studied for a Diploma in Performing Arts

Destination: Lead role in BBC hit drama series Waterloo Road

Last year BTEC Performing Arts student, Armin Karminadaghi, secured a leading role in hit BBC drama series Waterloo Road. Armin initially wanted to study art and design, but did not do as well in his A Levels as he would have liked. However, he knew even from a young age that he had a natural ability for acting.

He said “I took the course at the College and my passion for acting just grew and grew. I have learnt so much from my teachers, who are not just teachers but friends. They are very inspiring, calm and provide you with the whole package to pursue a career in the industry.”

Course information

Start date
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30 October 2017

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Course level
Level 4
Course code
Start date
End date
Business, Arts and Technology
Class Type
Full time
Student Type
Adults (19+)
Higher Education
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