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Performing Arts Level 3 at Wiltshire College

Course description

Our Performing Arts course at Trowbridge embraces aspects of acting, singing and dance as key disciplines, preparing you with the confidence and skills to take to higher education, employment and possibly drama school.
If you have a passion for Performing Arts and are keen to explore the field further, develop your own skills and have ambitions to work in the performing arts or related industries, this is the course for you!

We have a state of the art professional studio theatre - The Arc Theatre - in which Drama and Music are taught, as well as specialist Dance and Drama Studios.

You will start the year with a devised performance which will feature acting, dance and singing before developing your skills over the winter before your first major public performance shortly before Easter.

In the second year, you will get the chance to direct a single act play of your choice, or devise your own performance, to public audiences at The Arc Theatre. You could also develop and tour your own devised show to local schools in the area. There is provision for subject specific public performances with a Dance only Showcase and highly popular Music Performance Evening at the end of the year.

Course content

You will find the course in Performing Arts challenging, exciting and innovative. You will not simply be a student on a course but an active member of a student theatre company and as such you will engage in all aspects of production as well as performing regularly for public audiences. Our Performing Arts staff have a range of professional and industry experience so are well equipped to share their industry knowledge, skills and experience with you!

All Level 3 Performing and Production Arts students at Wiltshire College Trowbridge will study the following units:

Performance Workshop
• The Performing Arts Business
• The Historical Context of Performance
• Principles of Acting
• Developing Movement Skills
• Singing For Actors and Dancers
• Technical Stage Operations

Performing Arts Pathways (‘Performing Arts’ for or ‘Production Arts’ for) at Trowbridge
All students follow a broad and common course at Trowbridge for the first two terms. This experience includes assessment in acting, singing, movement and elements of lighting and sound operation. The Trowbridge courses work extensively in The Arc Theatre and benefit from working alongside and inside a professional venue.

At Easter students then pursue specialist units which will include many of the following:
Performing Students
• Performing to an Audience
• Rehearsing for Performance
• Devising Plays
• Classical Theatre Performance
• Contemporary Theatre Performance
• Applying Acting Styles
• The Practice of Directing Theatre
• Dance Performance
• Choreographic Principles
• Choreographing Dance
• Developing Contemporary Dance Techniques
• Applying Contemporary Dance Techniques
• Movement in Performance
• Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers
• Musical Theatre Performance
• Music Performance Techniques
• Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble

Theatre Technician Students
• Performing Arts Production Workshop
• The Performing Arts Business
• The Historical Context of Performance
• Performing Arts Production Planning
• Production for Theatre Performance
• Assistant Stage Management
• Deputy Stage Management
• Stage Management
• Technical Stage Operations
• Stage Lighting Operations
• Stage Lighting Design
• Stage Sound Operations
• Stage Sound Design

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade A*- C including English and Maths or equivalent (or Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2)
A good reference
A satisfactory audition and interview


There is a considerable amount of home study involved in the course. It should also be noted that the course does have some very physically demanding elements in Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre Units.

There are also some evening requirements for students to attend theatre visits, rehearsals and performances which are an essential part of the course.

You will be continually assessed through project work during the course.

The course is practical and vocational, with many workshops and performance assessments. There is also a requirement to produce researched written work and presentations regularly.

First Years start on the 90 Credit Diploma and continue onto the Extended Diploma in their second year. The Extended Diploma is achieved by working towards a total of eighteen units, some delivered intensively over a single term and others gradually across the full two-years. Most units are achieved through hands on project based performance work as part of the student company although there is a considerable amount of written research to do as well.
The final qualification will be a BTEC Level 3 90 Credit/Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

Future opportunities

This course could enable entrance to drama schools or degrees and Foundation Degrees in:

• Performing arts
• Live art
• Theatre arts
• Directing
• Community arts
• Acting
• Musical theatre
• Dance
• Music
• Arts administration

Performing arts students from Wiltshire College progress on to a diverse and exciting range of higher education courses that include:

• Professional training at Central School of Speech & Drama, E15, The Rep
• Drama Schools
• Theatre Performance at Reading University and Bath Spa and others
• BA Drama at Bristol University
• BA Drama at Winchester College for teaching
• BA Dance at Exeter University

In addition to performing as an actor, dancer and musician, you will develop experience and knowledge in the following potential employment areas:

• Scriptwriting / Directing
• Arts administration
• Public relations, promotion and marketing
• Theatre in Education
• Presenting and producing
• Community arts work
• Teaching

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wiltshire College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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