Dance, Acting and Musical Theatre Company 2 (Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts) at Weymouth College
You will be part of a performance company designed to replicate current industry practice. To further that end, performing arts students have access to excellent facilities. The professional Bay Theatre has 250 movable seats with two stages, complete with industry-standard lighting and sound systems and fully equipped dressing rooms. The dance studio is fully-sprung and there are two drama studios, one also complete with lighting and sound systems.
You will develop performance skills in all aspects of the performing arts, i.e. acting, dance and musical theatre and you will put these skills into practice in a range of performance assignments. You will learn about every aspect of the performing arts profession including its history and social context, how to work as part of a performance company and how the arts are managed and you will also have the opportunity to help make set and costume and apply stage make-up
At least 5 GCSEs at minimum grade C including English or equivalent
All classes and activities are practical, but there is also a regular and challenging range of supporting written work required. You are taught a full range of performance and arts management skills; these are developed and assessed by internal and external assignments. Each unit is made up of one or more assignments. You are given a grade for each unit and all these are listed on the final Diploma.
You may progress to the Foundation Degree course at Weymouth College. Dance, drama and music schools all accept the qualification as valid and relevant to their professional training courses, but entry to them is only by audition. We have a strong track record of sending students to these vocational schools and several have since entered the profession. The course is also a valuable foundation for a wide range of vocations which trainers and employers recognise. You may go on to train further in teaching, social work, public relations, arts admin, nursing, police, the media, marketing and retail or personnel work. Students who complete this course may move on to employment with professional theatre companies.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weymouth College directly.