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Performing Arts

Why study Performing Arts?

The Performing Arts course provides a solid foundation for progression into higher education courses including Performing Arts, Theatre Studies, Dance, Drama and Music, whilst  students develop an understanding of the industry itself. It also introduces a wide range of personal and organisational skills for the work place.

Course Description

The study of the Performing Arts contributes to students’ creative and social development and, as performers, students develop their confidence and self-esteem.  The Performing Arts course actively engages students in the processes of developing as effective and independent learners, allowing them to develop their specific skills and  interests.  The course provides a real and engaging application of students' knowledge, skills and understanding of Performing Arts in a work-related context through explorative research, productions and presentations. Students work primarily within their chosen pathway throughout the course.

The following three pathways are available:

· Acting

· Dancing

· Musical Theatre

Assessment Structure

The qualification is taught over 120 GLH (Guided Learning Hours) with an additional expectation of students to undertake independent learning for 150 learning hours; this is a combination of hours both within the classroom and students’ own time. In order to meet such expectations and develop their performance skills, students are required to attend an extra curricular activity within their chosen pathway. The course has Core, Mandatory and optional specialist units which are internally and externally assessed.   

Assessments are both practical and theoretical, whereby research informs the devising of practical presentations. Students experience live theatre and learn the content of  professional performance pieces through practical workshops with professional practitioners.

Students who are prepared to work hard, wish to develop an insight into the Performing Arts industry and enjoy a practical approach will be successful on this course. 

Special Features

Performing Arts is an opportunity for students to develop artistic creativity through their enthusiasm for performing and their desire to understand how work is created.  Students work on assignments that are modelled on the industry, working both individually and in groups.