This course gives you access to modern performance dance studios and opportunities to collaborate regularly on projects with students from other FE and HE courses, such as Music, Fine Arts, Media Arts, offering you a rare creative, comprehensive and participatory learning experience.
On completion, the course is worth the equivalent of 3 A Levels.
Throughout the year you will be involved in a number of projects that will each introduce you to different skills and techniques needed. Each project culminates in a performance within the College and/or at external venues, enriching your experience and increasing your understanding and appreciation of the wide variety of different opportunities that exist in the Performing Arts industry.
The course provides you with an intensive, practical training environment together with grounding in theoretical analysis and appreciation of your own process. The units allow for you to design your own unique learning experience.
The course aims to prepare you for progression to higher education at university, dance or drama schools.
Practical classes and tutorials are delivered over four days of the week. Supporting research and written work for projects is completed during study time in and outside of college. Units are delivered through practical performance projects and assessed through observations during rehearsals, supporting written work and performance.
Depending on the project your skills sessions could include :
Circus Aerial/ Aerial Dance
Contemporary Dance (Graham, Cunningham, Release)
Movement for the Actor
Classical Acting skills
Film and TV Acting
Contemporary Acting skills
Theatre for Education
Classic Musical Theatre
Contemporary Musical Theatre
Singing for Musical Theatre (Actors and Dancers)
Theatre for Children
Careers and Progression
The majority of our students completing the Extended Diploma successfully apply to degrees and foundation degrees at Universities and Colleges throughout the UK, as well as Drama Schools and Dance Conservatoires. Various career opportunities may include:
Actor (live and recorded media) , dancer, vocalist, arts administrators, musicians, technicians (live and recorded media), directors, performance managers and educators.
Some students have used their cross transferable skills to successfully forge careers outside of the Performing Arts, eg. Business and Management.