ABOUT THE COURSE
This course will equip you with the skills and experience needed to pursue a career in the performing arts and/or production arts. We offer pathways in dance, theatre and production and also, where possible, combinations of all disciplines. The curriculum is rich in diversity and we create dynamic and innovative productions which are performed at various venues and community settings. Work experience is an intrinsic component on the course and you will have the opportunity to work with industry artists.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
This course consists of two separate qualifications. In your first year of study, you will work towards the Level 3 90-Credit Diploma. Following successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to progress to the Extended Diploma. Our Extended Diplomas offer equivalent UCAS points to studying 3 A Levels.
Develop your skills in all aspects of theatre including musical theatre, physical theatre, acting, theatre in education, directing and producing. This course provides you with the opportunity to perform in a range of styles and techniques. You will participate in workshops in devising, script writing & analysis, physical theatre, movement and singing. You will have the chance to develop industry links and participate in workshops with professional actors and theatre companies. Many of our students progress to Guildhall, Birmingham School of Acting, Drama Centre, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15, Middlesex and Manchester.
In your training you will study a range of dance techniques including contemporary, ballet, jazz and urban, and you will work with guest artists to develop your skills in the diverse range of dance styles. Performance skills, choreography, physical theatre, singing, and the performing arts industry are areas covered in the training. The course also covers the theoretical aspects of dance and the performing arts industry. Dance performance is a major part of the course, with the chance to perform in the College theatre and at a range of external venues. Many of our students progress to a range of universities and colleges including, Trinity Laban, LIPA, Northern Contemporary Dance School, Urdang, London Studio Centre, Kingston and Middlesex.
Technical theatre is an intrinsic component on the course. You will develop knowledge and skills in set design, costume, lighting design and operation, sound operation and stage management. These skills will developed whilst working as a company on diverse range of productions. Many of our students progress on to study technical theatre at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, apprenticeships at Sadler’s Wells and the Roundhouse and study at University of Derby.
WHAT WILL I NEED?
You will need:
- Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and a Music/Performing Arts subject or an equivalent Level 2 qualification at Merit (and Functional Skills in English and Maths at Level 2/GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above)
- A reference from your previous school/college
All applicants must have an interview and audition to confirm that the course is suitable for them.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
The course is assessed throughout the year and with an end-of-course portfolio.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
If you will be aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
WHAT CAN I DO AFTER?
This course will help you to move on to higher level courses, such as a Bachelor of Arts, an apprenticeship or other employment.