Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject
It is important to note that performing arts is not just studied by people wanting to be actors, singers or dancers. We provide training that will allow you to work professionally in the theatre, the skills learnt on the course are transferable to many employment sectors, preparing you for work in the entertainment industry, on stage, in television or as a teacher.
The course will provide a direct route into further training at University level or into your first job via the use of an agent. The course provides a strong foundation in acting as well as directing, devising and television and film work. You do not need to be fully experienced in every area but you do need to be ready to develop your creative flair and technical proficiency. You are treated as professional performers are you are expected to take the work seriously. Some of the skills gained by studying this course include creative thinking, team work, communication, imagination, organisation and leadership.
Diploma (2 A Level equivalent) – Students will study eight different aspects of performer training and the course covers topics on areas such as Improvisation, Developing skills for live performance, Investigating practitioners, Group performance workshop, Performing Arts commission, Final live performance to an audience and Musical Theatre.
Assessment is mostly coursework based and this includes practical rehearsal material, performance work and supporting written files.
We also have hree externally assessed examination units over the two years for the Diploma course.
Additional Course Entry Requirements
A pass at BTEC performing arts or a 4 at GCSE drama or other performing arts qualification is preferable but not essential. Equivalent experience outside school will also be considered. Audition will be required.
Progression and career opportunities
Many students will want to take up a degree level qualification at the end of this course to continue their training. There are, however, many possibilities open to you, including youth work and production roles, writing, holiday entertainer in the UK or abroad and working on screen in film and TV. Our ex students have been very successful, working in TV and award winning films, theatre work and entertainment staff.