This course gives you an understanding of all aspects of Performing Arts including acting and dance and combines it with the opportunity to focus on performance and production support. This is not a Musical Theatre course. You will work as part of the College’s ClassAction Performance Company and you will be challenged to professional standards of creative collaboration.
You will study both the theory and practice of a wide range of theatre styles. The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in equal measures. It will provide an opportunity to specialise in different performance genres that you want to develop and you will be encouraged to find your own artistic voice.
You will develop skills that allow you to stage your own production events, whist also learning to record development and progress in order to reflect upon your own professional practice.
Students from the department have been successful in progressing to RADA, Bristol Old Vic, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Lamda, GSA, East 15, Drama Centre, Mountview, Arts Ed, Birds, Performers, LABAN, The Place, Urdang.
Grade 4 in GCSE English; a GCSE in a performance art subject is desirable, although an experience of performance and/or production is also appropriate. You need a genuine interest in performance/theatre and to be prepared to work practically at all times.
There will be a combination of internally assessed projects and assignments, together with externally assessed examined units. Grades of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* are awarded which are equivalent to A levels for the purpose of university entrance.
You can take this course as a one year Certificate equal to an AS or a two year Extended Certificate which is equal to one A level.
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts is
widely accepted and accredited by the great majority of universities as an excellent foundation for degree study. It also provides an invaluable foundation for vocational study.
As well as students studying the range of performing art subjects at many universities, over the past few years we have had students gain places at prestigious institutes such as RADA, Bristol Old Vic, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Lamda, GSA, East 15, Drama Centre, Mountview, Arts Ed, Birds, Performers, LABAN and London Contemporary Dance School.
The futures for our students are bright and exciting and future careers for ClassAction practitioners are rich and diverse as we develop the theatre makers of the future