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Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course Location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Level 2 Full-Time Bede Campus Full-time Vocational Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

The course is for anyone who wants to study performing arts full time with aspirations of progressing onto further education and eventually to a career in the performance industry or related areas such as teaching.

This course pushes you as a performer for the new age. With the current performing arts industry in mind, this course will challenge you in aspects of theatre and movement.

Although you may identify as an actor or dancer we want to blur these definitions. Creating a modern performer, strengthening your abilities as an actor and dancer. On our performing arts industry skills course we believe in strengthening these skills, allowing the performer to increase their confidence and open up their employability options. The industry is asking for versatile performers and we want to prepare our students to answer this call; whether that be through one of the prior-defined roles or something else entirely.

You’ll learn to push yourself and find talents in areas you never expected.

You will need 2 GCSE's at grade 4 -9 including English Language.

Students will also be expected to participate in a two-week induction project, which is used to assess practical and academic ability. This is to determine the right course for the student.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire Students are expected to wear a Performance department kit, which can be purchased online at Students who are eligible for a bursary would be able to use this towards purchasing the cost. Students will need to provide their own stationery to be prepared for theory classes and assignments. Students will also be given the opportunity to take part in external trips and workshops. These trips may incur a cost to be paid for by the student. Cost will depend on the nature and length of the visit.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used that encourage and facilitate students’ creative and artistic development. Methods used will encourage both independent and collaborative learning through use of practical workshops/rehearsals, self-directed study and group work and tutorials.

Furthermore, there will be course related companies and practitioners that will lead industry workshops. In addition to this, attendance of performances will be used to broaden learners’ concepts and practice.

Assessment is on-going. Verbal and written formative feedback are given at regular intervals. Assessment methods differ depending on the unit however typical assessment methods used may include: practical demonstrations and presentations, portfolios/reports, performances, events, reflective journals/online blogs and evaluations.

Individual or group projects for each unit will always culminate in public performance (when achievable). During your time studying with us, you will be introduced to numerous industry professionals.

English and Maths are important life skills that can be transferable to subject specialist areas. These qualifications can support progression within your intended career pathway.

If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/or English at school, the staff at Sunderland College will support you to improve your skills.

We have links with businesses, including:

- Southpaw Dance Company
- Fertile Ground
- Theatre Space NE
- National Theatre

Mon-Fri, between 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Modules you will study on this course include:

- Unit 1: Skills Development for the Performing Arts
- Unit 2: Professional Development
- Unit 3: Creative Interpretation
- Unit 4: Auditioning
- Unit 5: Preparing for a Performing Arts Production
- Unit 6: Performing Arts Production
- Unit 7: Responding to a Progression Opportunity

What’s next?

After successfully completing the Level 2 course, you would be able to progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performance (Theatre, Voice & Movement).

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