Students work towards the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts in their first year of study; progressing onto their University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts in their second year. The Extended Diploma at Distinction level is allocated 168 UCAS points, which is equivalent to 3 full A Levels at grade A*.
Performing Arts Level 3 offers student the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills, such as singing, acting, dance and comedy. This multi-skilled and multi-disciplinary approach is integral to the course design and is ideally suited to students who have a broad skills-set, but are not quite ready yet to specialise in one area of performance and/or production arts.
Students will gain a wide range of skills within a working theatre and by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations. Students will also be required to attend theory based classes which develop knowledge and understanding of the performance industry. The course is vocational which means the student will undertake the role of an actor/performer throughout. Students will participate in public performances and become part of the college’s theatre company, Platform Productions. The company’s artistic policy is to provide theatre of the highest quality within the local community and beyond.
Key tasks during the course include:
Learning lines and rehearsing.
Researching or undertaking activities to help prepare for a part.
Discussing interpretation and delivery with other members of the company and the director.
Performing for a live audience.
Performing in a theatre “on location”.
Audio as well as visual performance.
Rehearse/polish performances in your own time.
Managing the day-to-day running of the theatre, including “front of house” duties.
Students will need to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment, including some evenings.