Are you keen and have the interest in pursuing a career in performing arts? This exciting and innovative course will help you to develop a range of creative art skills. This course provides a wide-ranging opportunity to apply and expand your skills in the performing arts. Across two years you will study acting, dance and singing and make use of the skills you develop in a series of exciting large-scale public performances (at least one a term). You will work from scripts as well as devising your own performances. The course is an exciting journey fusing song, dance, acting and your imagination in a celebration of your potential and the diversity of talent in your company.
Throughout the course, you will benefit from workshops with professional actors, writers, directors and producers. You will also be taken on theatre trips at least once a term.
The course also aims to enable you to be more employable by helping you to develop skills in communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation and management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.
Learning will be through practical activities and project. You will be encouraged to explore, experiment and to experience a wide range of performing arts skills. So, whether you already know the specific creative career path you wish to follow, or want to progress on to further study and Higher Education, this course will help you to achieve your dream.
Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...
- 4 GCSE qualifications at grades A*-C or 9-4, including English Language
- Level 2 vocational qualification and a Level 2 English qualification
Additional information: You will have a review of your portfolio and ideally show some moderate success in the subject area.
All Learners need 2 black T-shirts and 2 black jogging bottoms to take part in practical sessions, notebooks, pens/pencils, highlighters, jazz shoes, hairbands, set textbook (to be indicated in week 1).
If you are accepted onto this course without a Grade 4 (that's the former Grade C) or above in Maths and/or English, you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills in these subjects. This will be a compulsory part of your timetable.
You will be assessed by a combination of assignments, course work, observation of practical workshops, and a final project.
Aims of the course
The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts is a stimulating, advanced and demanding qualification designed to allow you to explore, develop and test your creativity, and gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of performing arts as a collaborative activity.
Through collaborative study you will take your performance skills to the next level, while continuing to learn how to use your body and voice in performance, engage with elements of design and technology, and entertain and inform your audience. This course will develop your skills in the use of voice and vocal manipulation, dance and movement, theatre and mime, text and dialogue, mask design and use, design for performance (including sets, costumes and lights), and technical management. The Level 3 Extended Diploma will also provide you with the opportunity to explore specialist study and context.
The course will give the opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of the theories and principles of performing arts, increase your understanding of the industry as a whole, and develop the confidence and skills you'll need to succeed in real-world auditions and interviews. You will learn about professional practice standards, critical and contextual awareness, and the expectations of the professional world of performance and production.
Finally, whether your future lies on stage or screen, behind the scenes or in-front of an audience, or in performing or producing, the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts can help set the stage for your future career journey, and fully prepare you for a life in the performing arts.
This course can lead directly to employment in a number of performance and production-based roles in a variety of performing arts environments, or provide a direct route to Higher Education. Careers that could become open to you include theatre actor, screen actor, model, live performance dancer, dancer for tv/film, circus performer, drama therapist, director, scriptwriter, stage manager, front of house manager, producer, independent artist, and voice actor/coach.
Lewisham College has a long history and a fantastic reputation in creative arts covering art & design, fashion, media, music and performing and production arts.
Our courses are delivered in spacious, state-of-the-art studios enjoying natural daylight from the adjoining Tressiliian road offering excellent inspiring views of Lewisham way. We have a huge 90-seat theatre, spacious dance and technical theatre studios, rehearsal rooms, computer editing suites, recording studios, and digital and traditional black and white photography developing dark rooms.
To offer the best experience to you using the great facilities above, we have assembled a team of industry-trained expert tutors and professional technical staff, who have lifelong industry knowledge and experience.
In addition, you will participate in regular visits to galleries and museums and will receive the chance to exhibit your work at our exciting end-of-year show. All students are encouraged to develop a strong portfolio to enable them to progress to a higher-level course or job.
With courses in creative arts ranging from art and design, and performing arts, through to media production and production arts available from Level 1 right up to Level 3 Extended Diplomas this year, we are sure to have a course to match your dream and future plans.
Our students have progressed to working with organisations such as Tate Modern, King's College, Goldsmiths, Central St Martin's, Camberwell School of Art, Imperial War Museum, Channel 4, The BBC, The Daily Telegraph, Sky Sports News, Rambert Dance, Young Vic Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
This course can lead directly to employment in a number of performance and production-based roles in a variety of performing arts environments, or provide a direct route to Higher Education. Why work in Performing or Production Arts?
The creative industries are growing faster than any other sector in the UK - working in this industry offers many challenges and rewards. You can expect:
- To spend time mastering your craft
- A higher than average likelihood of being self-employed or freelance
- To benefit from great financial rewards when working in the creative industries once you have built your reputation and expertise
- Working environments that range from offices and art/design/film/photography studios to theatres, museums and music venue
- The chance to travel nationally and internationally depending on the role
All our courses have been designed to meet the needs employers. They provide the opportunity for you to progress into Higher Education and/or training ? as well as moving straight into a job if desired. Typical jobs in this sector include:
- Theatre director
- Theatre stage manager
- Set design
- Lighting manager
- Theatrical, Special Effects Hair & Media Make-Up Artist