Performing Arts

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Qualification type: Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body BTEC
Academic year: 2017/2018
Start date Sept 2017
Duration 1 or 2 years (discussed at interview)
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

Do you want to perform on stage? Do you want to excel in the performing arts industry? Do you want to gain confidence and skills to become a professional actor, dancer or singer? This course will equip you with a huge range of skills to allow you to become a part of the next generation of professional performers. From dance skills to acting technique, lighting and sound to event planning, this course is able to offer it all. Working closely with industry professionals and graduates from prestigious universities and stage schools this course will push every student towards best working practices within the field.

The course is geared towards practical and vocational work, which will establish basic skills and good working practises for performers, as well as seeking to develop your experience and imagination in performance.

Topics covered include:
- Performance workshop
- Performing arts business
- Historical contexts of performance
- Musical theatre
- Production

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grades A*-C including GCSE maths or English or an appropriate Level 2 qualification and a satisfactory school report. We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.

In order to apply for the Extended Diploma you must have achieved the Foundation Diploma.

Studying and learning

The aims of this course are to:

• Provide education about training performers and those who make performance possible
• To enable students to achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 vocational specific qualification
• To provide an opportunity to access employment within the performing arts industry as a performer
• Provide you with the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performances in your working life.

Teaching will be predominately practical and will reflect a work based environment where relevant. The curriculum will be combined with ICT and theoretical sessions aimed at delivering the information to underpin and assess the student's knowledge.

How will I be assessed

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including formal classes, set tutorial periods and projects to support many of the formal unit assessments. These assessments make up 41% of the Foundation Diploma and 42% of the Extended Diploma.

You will be assessed via observations, practical assessments and written work.

What next

Career opportunities exist to enter the industry in many job roles, including dancers, teachers, choreographers, technicians and managers.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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