Performing Arts Extended Diploma Level 3

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2024


The Performing Arts course offers technical development in all areas of performance skills (singing, dancing and acting).

The course, delivered by our experienced lecturers, covers performing, rehearsing, dance performance, applying acting skills, voice, singing and the healthy performer, auditioning techniques, business and theory to give an overview of the industry and how to succeed as a performer.

The emphasis of the course is on creating entrepreneurial performers who have the skills, knowledge and experience to promote themselves at auditions and within the industry. This is achieved with practical application of knowledge in realistic industry environments such as projects, workshops and performances, and by enabling learners to create and promote a portfolio of their own work.

This course will help you gain the skills to progress into work or Higher Education and achieve their future goals.

What will I do?

Work in a professional vocational context. Participate fully in rehearsals and workshops developing technical skills. Perform in a variety of shows, musicals, plays in various locations. Develop writing skills in the form of a portfolio/journal logbook which is project based.

Practical work – Performing Arts are based at our Sam Newsom Centre where there are large performance areas for drama and group singing in addition to a smaller studio for singing/vocal coaching.

Performances – You will be involved in a variety of performances such as: classical Acting, contemporary acting, street dance, contemporary dance, musical theatre, singing techniques, solo/ensemble work, variety performance, TV acting and Pantomime. These performances take place in a range of venues. At the end of the second year students participate in a two week work experience tour of Cyprus working in theatres, schools and cabarets.

Portfolio – Throughout the course, you will build a professional portfolio, which represents you and your work. This portfolio will be used to assess your work but more than that, will give you a foundation on which you can promote yourself during and after your course is completed.

As well as performance, you will be given the opportunity to explore other areas within the performing arts industry such as, improvisation, street theatre, performing arts business and production.

There is also an opportunity to go on industry related trips and partake in workshops delivered by professionals.

You will also study personal and social development; this builds on employability skills and will increase your chances of obtaining work in the future.

In addition to your course, you may also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

The entry qualifications for the Level 3 Performing Arts Extended Diploma are five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above) (or equivalent) or Merit or above at Diploma Level 2. When you attend your review a demonstration of ability in creative skills such as singing, acting, or dancing will be required.

The Performing Arts Extended Diploma will take you two years to complete. You will study at our Sam Newsom Centre in Boston, for three days a week.

The Performing Arts Diploma is free and only available to those under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.

There are no examinations on this course, instead you will complete a series of projects which will be assessed and graded and these marks will add together to give you your final grade.

The vast majority of assessment is practical with a small amount of portfolio based, written work is usually related to the work you have done and there is an emphasis on self-evaluation. Some of the theory work is also assessed on presentation (i.e. power point), video of evidence of evaluations.

Successful completion of the course would allow you to progress to Higher Education to study any aspect of Performing Arts & Stage School.

Some learners also go on to work within the industry following their course based upon contacts they have made while on the course.

Additional costs include a fee of £30.00, payable by November; this covers costumes and some visiting lecturers for workshops.

It is advisable to hire a locker for your course duration; this requires a £5 charge, which is issued back once the key is returned.

You will be asked to pay some contribution towards educational visits and/or workshops. You will be expected to wear a uniform for all practical sessions; this consists of a black t-shirt (Boston College logo), black tracksuit/jazz pants/dance trousers, black jazz shoes/trainers.

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