Performing Arts (Acting) Foundation / Extended Diploma Level 3

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About the course

The 90-credit diploma gives you a solid understanding of performing arts acting practices, skills and techniques. The course is designed mainly for school leavers who have experience of Drama or Performing Arts at GCSE level, as well as having a passion and desire to explore the diverse subject area that is covered by Performing Arts. You will study for two years and develop your performance skills and self-confidence through a variety of disciplines. You will learn the skills to develop as a performer through the study of method acting techniques, physical theatre, acting for camera, voice and improvisation work and you will participate in three public performances per year.

This course is part of a wider study programme, which includes a tutorial and personal development element, work experience opportunities through outside set projects and design challenges, development of English and Maths Skills through embedded activities.

Fees

  • Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course.
  • If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement.
  • If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above which must include English and/or Maths or equivalent (L2 Functional Skills) or NVQ 2 or Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade with ideally GCSE English and/or Maths at minimum Grade C or equivalent (L2 Functional Skills).

You must also have:

  • A passion for Performing Arts and Acting
  • A willingness to learn, experiment and develop your skills
  • A desire to work with others and explore roles involved in
  • A confidence to perform in front of an audience.
  • The motivation to work independently on practical projects.

You will be enrolled on the 90 Credit Diploma, which is a one year course. Upon successful completion of year one, you can progress onto the Extended Diploma in year two.

What will I do on this course?

The 90 Credit Diploma consists of 9 units equalling 90 Credits. The units will focus on: Method acting, Acting styles, Improvisation, Voice work, Physical theatre, Acting for camera, Directing and Devising plays.

Although the course does not include any formal English and Maths qualifications, you will work with vocationally relevant projects to help develop an understanding of the contextual language and numeracy involved within the subject at industry level. You will also develop your personal presentation, communication and organisational skills. Work experience opportunities are available. Units undertaken on this year are also counted towards the second year (Full Extended Diploma).

The Units are:

  • Performance Workshop
  • Historical Context of Performance
  • Rehearsing for Performance
  • Contemporary Theatre Performance
  • Developing Voice for the Actor
  • Principles of Acting
  • Drama Improvisation
  • Storytelling as Performance
  • Developing Physical Theatre

Extended Diploma

The units will focus on: Method acting, Acting styles, Improvisation, Voice work, Physical theatre, Acting for camera, Directing and Devising plays. Although the course does not include any formal English and Maths qualifications, you will work with vocationally relevant projects to help develop an understanding of the contextual language and numeracy involved within the subject at industry level. You will also develop your personal presentation, communication and organisational skills. Work experience opportunities are available.

Who is it for?

This is the perfect course for a student who is interested in getting into the Performing Arts industry higher education or drama school, which can open up routes into Acting and Directing for theatre, stage and screen. The course is designed for 16-18 and 19+ learners who wish to develop a career in the Performing Arts. It is mainly for school leavers, but can accommodate students who have studied at level 3, including other BTEC diplomas and/or A Levels. 19+ students, returning to education are welcome to join, but individual circumstances will be reviewed to ascertain if you can claim funding. You will need to be creative and be willing to explore and experiment with different techniques within the subject specialism.

  • School Leavers who have studied a creative arts and media programme at GCSE level
  • 16-18 students who have studied on A-Level or other Level 3 qualifications
  • 19+ Returning to education looking top develop a career in Performing Arts.
How Is this course assessed?

Your work will be assessed through written and practical means. You will present the work in workbooks, Performance journals and in different practical formats. You will be assessed on your research, development and experimentation and final outcomes. You will have access to a full record of feedback and marks for you to monitor your progress, self assess and reflect on your own practice.

What could I do next?

Progression will be onto the Extended Diploma in Performing Arts second year. This is subject to the successful competition of the 90 Credit Diploma.

Some students may choose to leave on completing the 90 Credit Diploma to go into Higher Education (depending on previous level 3 qualifications), find employment or an apprenticeship. The 90 Credit is a valid qualification to help with these progression routes. Progression onto our Foundation Degree in Theatre Perfomance has also been a popular and successful route for past students. 

Students have also moved into more specialist drama and performance schools.

As part of your tutorial aspect on the course, your tutors will work with you to help you in your desired progression route, regardless of what this is.

Additional cost

Fees

  • Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course.
  • If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement.
  • If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees.
Interview

The course will require an interview, which will aim to assess your abilities and judge if the level of learning is right for you. You'll alsoe get a chance to meet staff and see our facilities. We aim to offer all applicants a place where applicable, and can look at enrolment onto a less demanding qualification for those learners who are between levels 2 & 3.

If you have a examples of work, please bring it with you to showcase any creative work.

Please bring with you a report from your school if you have one available. At your interview, you will be given an opportunity to discuss your personal progression route and given impartial advice and guidance on how to achieve your goals.

If you cannot attend your interview, you can contact the college to re-arrange. If getting to the college for an interview is not possible, we can arrange a Skype interview - call: 0117 312 5000 / email: enquiries@cityofbristol.ac.uk

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How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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