This course is highly practical and allows you to develop skills in action, dance, musical theatre or production arts. This will give you the best chance of progressing to Higher Education, professional training or a career in the performing arts.
You will develop your communication skills and self-confidence and understand different types of theatre and performances, as well as studying a variety of acting, singing, dance or technical genres, whilst working as part of a committed and creative team. The course provides the opportunity to develop your specialist technique and creativity through a variety of group projects, public performances and solo audition preparation.
You will choose an acting, dance, musical theatre or production arts pathway and you will get the chance to perform in our versatile venue, The Electric Theatre, as well as in our more intimate studio performance space. You will take part in several public performances and private, in-class assessments throughout the year.
You will be assessed through coursework and practical demonstrations such as performances in several public shows, as well as private class assessments throughout the year. Public performances will take place in the evenings.
•Five GCSEs at grade 4 including GCSE English and maths
•Relevant experience and a successful audition
On completion of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts, you will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts industry. The qualification attracts 72, 120 and 168 UCAS tariff points for Pass, Merit and Distinction grades respectively, which is equivalent to three A Levels.
Previous students have progressed to some of the most prestigious specialist training in the country at centres such as Italia Conti, Guildhall, Arden, East 15, as well as to universities such as Manchester Metropolitan, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Lincoln, Salford, Edge Hill, and Sheffield Hallam.
You may want to progress to Higher Education courses with postgraduate study in a range of specialist areas such as teaching, directing, events management and drama therapy.
This course could form the successful foundations of a career in acting. You could work as:
•An actor in a range of entertainment industries
•In touring and producing theatre companies
•A performer in theatre, film, TV, video, radio, street entertainments or theatre
•A holiday or cruise ship entertainer
•Voice over artist or specialising in areas such as voice/dialect coach, stage combat and drama therapy