Performing and Production Arts
This course is accredited by the University of Arts London, which is a world Top 6 university for the creative arts.
Completion of this Level 3 course could allow you to pursue a career in acting, stage management, technical theatre, teaching, or other arts based careers either in or out of the entertainment industry. It is a very active, hands-on course for anyone passionate about making live theatre.
You will complete a Diploma in year one, which will allow you to progress to the Extended Diploma in year two. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels.
As part of this course you will have access to specialist facilities including the Merlin Theatre (a 240 seat black box venue, equipped with industry standard digital sound and lighting control); two drama studios; set and props construction workshop; costume store; and sewing room.
Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to university or drama school, or to go into employment.
Future Career Opportunities:
Possible career opportunities include: Actor, Singer, Stage Manager, Director, Lighting or Sound Technician, Front of House Manager, Holiday Park Entertainer, Cruise Ship Entertainer, Arts Administrator, Teacher, Event Manager.
This is a broad based programme which looks at core aspects of drama, technical theatre, and voice.
Year one Diploma units include:
- Principles of Performance
- Engaging with an Audience
- Introduction to Professional Practice
- Critical and Contextual Awareness
- Production Skills and Context
- Preparation for Specialist Study
- Collaborative Performance Project
Year two Extended Diploma units include:
- Developing Performance and Production Skills
- Preparing for Progression
- Exploration of Specialist Study and Context
- Extended Project
There are no exams on this course. You will be assessed throughout the course by means of written and practical assignments that will include your involvement in technical, production and performance skills in both class based and public performances.
You will need to attend College on some evenings and weekends because you will be taking part in the two large scale public performances each academic year (pantomime and musical theatre) in addition to your duties as part of the Front of House and technical team.
- Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and GCSE Maths/Numeracy at grade D or above
- Each application is considered on individual merit
- Entry is subject to an interview
- You will need to show evidence of your recent involvement in performing arts, for example: youth theatre, local amateur dramatic societies, choirs, bands, orchestras, dance classes etc.
Relevant level 2 qualification with an overall merit/merit grade or above, GCSE English Language/First Language Welsh at grade C or above and preferably GCSE Maths/Numeracy at grade D or above. In addition to a successful decision following progression board.
Many of our courses have specific GCSE grade entry requirements. However, if GCSE English Language and/or Maths at grade C is not a requirement of your course or has not been achieved, you will be expected to attend resit/upskilling classes alongside your main programme. We therefore strongly recommend that, if you are currently sitting GCSE’s, you make every effort to achieve a minimum of grade C in your examinations.
- Workshop/dance clothing (loose fitting clothing, trainers and jazz shoes)
- Front of house clothing (smart black and white)
- Suitable clothing for technical work (sturdy footwear, black long sleeve top and black trousers)
- Scripts – £45 per year
- Trips approximately – £50
- Stationery approximately – £30
- Desktop or laptop (PC or Mac) – Phone/tablet/chromebook/iPad not suitable as sole devices
- Full-Time – No tuition fee
- For further information on grants and funds available call 01437 753134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Click here to pay any Workshop & Administration Fees securely online with debit/credit card
- Admin Fee – Waived for 21/22
- Please note that there may be a cost for trips for this course
All post 16 learners who undertake this course (Welsh Government funded provision over 40 hours) are required to undertake the WEST (Wales Essential Skill Toolkit) Full Diagnostic Initial Assessment for Communication, Application of Number and Digital Literacy within the first four weeks of their course.
- An element of your programme may be delivered via online learning.
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“I like the course because there is a lot of practical work and you learn a whole range of different skills. Also, due to the nature of the course there is a good sense of community and friendship. I would recommend this course because it’s a confidence builder and, if you enjoy theatre, you get to be in shows with your friends. The course tutors are both knowledgeable and understanding.”
Britney, Performing Arts
The course prepares you for higher education such as Degree and Foundation Degree Courses in Graphic Design and related areas as well as employment at a junior level.
If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.