Performing Arts (L3 Extended Diploma)

Course Overview

This two year course will provide you with realistic training in all areas of performance. You will develop your performance techniques in acting, singing and movement. You will take part in a wide range of performances which include small scale sharing of work as well as larger productions in outside venues.

Compulsory units include:

  • Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts Business
  • The Historical Context of Performance
  • Rehearsing for Performance
  • Performing to an Audience

Pathway Units:
Depending on which pathway you are guided onto, you will undertake work in some of the following units (subject to change):

  • Devising Plays
  • Theatre for Children
  • Classical Theatre Performance
  • Contemporary Theatre Performance
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Variety Performance
  • Developing Voice for the Actor
  • Auditions for Actors
  • Principles of Acting
  • Applying Acting Styles
  • Drama Improvisation
  • Audio Performance Acting
  • Film and TV Acting
  • Storytelling as Performance
  • Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers
  • Developing Physical Theatre
  • Applying Physical Theatre
  • Dance Performance
  • Choreographic Principles
  • Choreographing Dance
  • Dance Improvisation
  • Developing Classical Ballet Technique
  • Applying Classical Ballet Technique
  • Jazz Dance
  • Developing Movement Skills
  • Movement in Performance
  • Dance Appreciation
  • Singing Techniques and Performance
  • Voice and the Actor

Updated November 2019

Entry Requirements

Level 2 Performing Arts (Distinction profile). A grade C in GCSE English is essential.

A proven interest and experience in performing arts and membership of a non-school based performance group is recommended.

Course Delivery

The course does not have any formal examinations. All work is assignment based and these assignments are assessed by the team of tutorial staff who work on the Performing Arts programmes.

Students would normally have approximately 24 hours of teaching time during a week.  However, students need to be available for the entire week. This allows staff to suspend the timetable and work together with students in the preparation for performances and assessments. Often this will entail working from 9.30am to 4.45pm each day.

When performances are given to the public, students will need to be available beyond the college day as performances are often held in the evening.

Progression Opportunities

Progress to the Level 3 Performing Arts - Acting course at the College.

Further study at university in related subjects.

Entry into specialist drama, dance and musical theatre colleges including RADA, Arts Ed and London Contemporary Dance School.

Careers in teaching and arts administration.

Additional Information

Course fees of £150 per year cover theatre trips and workshops.

During each year there are often opportunities to see live performance work given by other students and also professional work in regional and national venues. 

Some practical classes will ask that specialist clothing is worn - ballet and jazz for example. All students will be required to wear 'blacks' for some classes and assessments.  Details of such clothing will be given during enrolment and induction.

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