Design for Performance BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at LIPA Sixth Form College
Are you creative, passionate and ready to experiment? If so, this qualification will set you on the path towards a design-driven career within the creative and performing arts economy.
Offering you the opportunity to study and experiment in a range of styles and techniques to broaden your understanding of design for performance, you will gain an insight into the range of career paths available, and enjoy opportunities to enhance your learning experience by working with industry professionals.
Successful completion of this two-year course will earn you the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts. Equivalent to three A-Levels, this nationally-recognised qualification is suitable for progression onto Higher Education. You will also leave with enhanced interpersonal, critical and decision-making abilities, which will serve you well in future life.
In addition, you will benefit from
- the support and guidance of our creative and performing arts industry-experienced teaching staff
- contact with external industry professionals through masterclasses, workshops and visits
- a minimum of one week’s work experience each year
- opportunities to work with the wider creative and performing arts community within Liverpool and beyond
- access to our new facilities.
Working with students of other disciplines, you will provide the design elements for performances, which may include (among others):
- set design
- scenery construction
The workshops and assignments offered by our project-based learning approach will enable you to try different techniques and approaches within a wide range of production arts contexts to develop your design skills.
- Predicted minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* to C, ideally including Maths and English.
- If you fail to gain a grade C or above in Maths and/or English Language, we will support you to retake these subjects alongside your BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma studies.
You must complete an application form for September 2017 entry and submit it to us no later than 31 January 2017.
If your application is successful at this initial stage of the admissions process, you will be called for an interview and audition. These will take place in February and March 2017, and you will be given at least four weeks’ notice and full guidance as to how to prepare.
Offers of places (usually conditional on achieving a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C) will be sent out by 10 April 2017.
You are continually assessed throughout the courses, with regular feedback and homework.
Predominantly practical in focus, the courses also help you to improve your skills in critical analysis and self-directed study, developing your professional profile for what happens next
A full list of any equipment or clothing required will be provided as part of the enrolment process. Costs for these are kept as low as possible.
All students will be asked to buy a branded LIPA Sixth Form College hoodie and t-shirt, and certain courses (such as Dance, Design for Performance and Technical Theatre) may require additional course-related equipment or clothing.
Depending on funding, we may be able to assist some students in certain circumstances with these costs.
You will be equipped to apply for Higher Education or to seek work in the creative and performing arts industry.
Related career paths might include:
- set or costume design
- prop making
- production design.
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is studied full-time across the teaching year, with the college day running 9am-4.30pm.Your studies will include timetabled hours for classes and workshops across the week (equating to three days per week), and you will also be expected to undertake independent study and practice to work towards achieving your study goals.
In the lead up to performances, you are likely to need to work outside the usual study day – in these instances, advance notice will be given. There will also be a programme of work experience and enrichment opportunities for all students, and we will be developing a range of extra-curricular activities, tailored to match the interests of our students across all subject areas.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact LIPA Sixth Form College directly.