The course will give you an excellent grounding for a career in drama and dance.
The course is very practical and you will be given many opportunities to present your work in shows over the year.
You will study 2 mandatory units:
- The Performing Arts Industry
- Whether you want to be an actor, musical theatre performer or stage manager, you will need to know how the business works and operates. This unit will introduce you to the organisations and roles in this rich and very diverse landscape. It will also enable you to contemplate your place in that landscape and the possibilities for a future career.
- Performance project
- This unit will enable you to explore the process of responding to a given brief in preparing and presenting a performance whilst working as a company. Learners will take part in the developmental process of a Performing Arts production, including planning, rehearsing and performing.
You will study 2 of 4 Core units
- Developing acting skills and techniques
- This unit will provide you with the context for developing acting skills and techniques. In on-going workshops and classes, you will understand the importance of self-discipline and regular practice and rehearsal, thereby gaining an understanding of how to interpret, develop and act a role.
- Developing dance skills and techniques
- This unit will provide the learner with the context for developing skills and techniques in dance. In regular workshops and classes, you will learn the importance of self-discipline and regular practice and gain greater physical control. You will begin to develop interpretative skills so that you can express a personal and unique artistic style.
- Developing music skills and techniques
- This unit will provide you with the context for developing skills and techniques in music. In on-going workshops and classes, you will understand the importance of self-discipline and regular practice and gain greater knowledge of their instrument. You will begin to develop interpretative skills so you can experience music within a personal and unique artistic style.
- Developing production skills and techniques
- The Performing Arts Industry embraces a wide variety of production skills and methods and an equally broad spectrum of performance venues. Practitioners need to be versatile and flexible, especially in situations where budgetary constraints exist and where production is on a small scale and/or on tour. This unit explores the nature of technical production and looks at fundamental skills and methodologies across a wide range of disciplines in a variety of performance/ production environments. You will encounter a number of production challenges and consider how best these can be met.
You will also study 4 Optional units including:
- Devising drama
- Musical theatre performance
- Urban dance
- Solo musical performance
- Costume construction
- Make-up performance
- Set construction
There are opportunities to work with practising artists in dance, drama and music.
A minimum of 4 GCSEs with the following grades: English 3 and maths at 2 or above, and 2 other GCSEs grade 3 or above and an audition.
You will be assessed with:
- written essays,
- literacy and numeracy skills,
- practical performances, and
Fees & Funding
As a full time student, under the age of 19, you will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees. Just like any other college you will be expected to pay for some essential costs, to cover theatre trips etc. There is a £35 bond to cover the cost of theatre visits and special projects. Help may be available for students in financial difficulties. For more information, contact student support services, tel: 0500 162100.
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