Performing Arts BTEC Extended Diploma (Level 3)
Course ref. QW096
This course is designed to enable you to:
· Develop and extend your skills in Acting, Movement, Singing and Dance
· Develop a professional approach to rehearsals and the self discipline, skills and commitment to create imaginative and excellent performance material.
· Perform to an audience demonstrating proficiency in different performance disciplines
· Understand the Performing Arts Industry, the context of performance material, and how to prepare for a successful career within the Creative Industries
Is it for me?
This course is taken over two years and is the equivalent to 3 A levels. For this reason, you should be really sure that this is an area you want to specialise in, and be willing to commit the time and effort to undertake the extensive vocational training involved. Although this qualification is a combination of all three disciplines – drama, dance and singing – you do not need to be a strong performer in all three disciplines to get high grades. You do, however, need to be a strong performer in at least one of these areas, and willing to develop your skills with a high level of energy and enthusiasm in all three areas.
The course has a strong performance focus, but in order to be successful you need to fully engage in developing the skills and techniques, and the rehearsal discipline necessary to prepare for successful, high quality performance. You also need to be willing to commit the time and effort needed for rehearsal and independent study in order to achieve well in this area.
There are no final examinations, but all aspects of the course are underpinned by coursework, research and written assessments which evaluate your work and your creative journey developing performance material. In order to achieve high grades these need to be approached with the same diligence as your practical work.
Performing Arts is a subject which covers the art forms of drama, dance and singing within one qualification. You will have classes where the skills and techniques of these art forms are developed, and the appropriate practitioners and styles which need to underpin your training are explored. You will be encouraged to develop your creativity and skills working with others, and also your independent study and performance skills. You will consider how a performer communicates with their audience, and will also have classes where these art forms are integrated and considered holistically when preparing material for performance. You will also have opportunities to visit performance venues and see professional productions to help develop your understanding and appreciation of this area.
Your studies will include the following areas:
· Acting and improvisation Techniques
· Vocal Skills
· Movement and Physical Theatre Skills
· Mask Performance
· Dance Technique (including Tap Dance, Musical Theatre styles, Choreography and Contemporary Dance)
· Musical Theatre Performance
· Singing Skills
· Performing Arts Business
· The Historical Context of Performance
You will take part in at least three performances in each year of the course, for which you will undertake research and keep a creative logbook to evaluate the process and your performance. You will also undertake a range of written assessments, presentations and other coursework assessments.
· A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A* to C including English Language (Grade C or above) and GCSE Drama or Dance (Grade C or above)
· Level 2 Performing Arts (Merit) and English Language GCSE (Grade C or above)
For all students there will be an assessment of practical skills at a taster session.
If you do not have grade C or above in English Language or Maths, you will also study these subjects as an essential part of your programme of study.
Which courses go well with this?
This course can be combined with a range of other programmes . These could include further Certificates and Subsidiary Diplomas in Dance, Technical Theatre, Media or Music or from the colleges extensive range of AS and A Level subjects, i.e. English, Film Studies or Art.
This course will prepare you to gain access to Higher Education/Specialist Institutions, and will also prepare you well for working in the Industry. Students who have studied this course in previous years have progressed to a wide range of training including Arts Educational School, Laban, LIPA, De Montford, University of Cumbria, UCLAN, Manchester University and Aberyswyth University.