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Performing Arts - Level 3 Extended Diploma at City of Oxford College

Course description

Learn a range of performance and theatre techniques so you can grow as a performer and producer - the Extended Diploma in Performing Arts is ideal preparation for university or drama school. 

It builds your core skills in acting, singing, dancing and directing so you can aim for a career in the performing arts sector.

The course prepares you for university entrance but opens many other options too. 


Our aim is to make you employable in the arts sector through industry-standard training. Over the two years you develop skills in performance, presentations, research, time management and literacy. 

You will also become more creative and learned how to have fun while working hard to produce top quality performance.

Course content

With its focus on live performance and practical workshops this course covers subjects such as acting, dance, film and multi-media, musical theatre and masks. You study 18 units which cover areas such as: 

performance workshop
the performing arts
business and the historical context of performance
rehearsing and performing
devising plays
classical theatre
musical theatre performance
performing with masks
developing voice for the actor
principles of acting
applying acting styles
movement
film and TV acting
choreographing dances
jazz dance
theatre for children

Our new partnership with the SAE Institute means you could work on live projects within creative media production.

.You also follow a functional skills programme in English or ICT.

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Level 3 programme will normally have at least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (including some subjects related to the proposed area of study) and/or a completed Level 2 award, and the willingness to study for an additional Level 2 qualification in English and/or maths. 

If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider, please contact us with your details. Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.

Assessment

Assessment is continuous through the two years of the programme in a variety of practical and theoretical assignments. There are no examinations.

Working in specialist facilities you take part in a number of workshops that introduce you to a broad range of the performing arts. Structured around assignments the work will develop through rehearsals to produce performances and you will learn how to create successful productions. 

The variety of the productions challenge you to extend and enhance your performance skills. You learn to create solo small group and large group performances of drama, dance, and if you wish, singing. To build your knowledge of current trends in performance theatre and dance trips are incorporated into the course.Applicants for a Level 3 programme will normally have at least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (including some subjects related to the proposed area of study) and/or a completed Level 2 award, and the willingness to study for an additional Level 2 qualification in English and/or maths. 


If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider, please contact us with your details. Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.

Financial information

16 to 18 EU tuition fee : £60.00

Future opportunities

The course is broad in its coverage of performing arts. It provides the foundation for progression to HNDs and degrees in performing arts and career development.

You may be able to progress on to a 2-year degree programme offered by the SAE Institute, a new partner of ours. The SAE Institute delivers creative media courses in sound/audio engineering, music production, digital film-making, web development, 3D/interactive animation and games programming. The degree option for successful completion of this programme is the SAE BA/BSc in Audio Production.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: OXPNDPAYR1

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      • From Ring Road: use EITHER Banbury Road or Woodstock Road to city centre. At traffic lights, end of St. Giles (Map 1), turn right into Beaumont Street and follow signs to the rail station. At the second set of traffic lights, i.e. at the bottom of Park End Street, turn left into Oxpens Road (ice rink). The College is ¼ mile on the left.
      • From South (Newbury) A34: Turn off A34 to Southern bypass and make for Cowley. At next roundabout, turn left to city centre (park and ride on left). Follow Abingdon Road to end, form left towards ice rink and parks. The College is opposite the ice rink.
      • From A423 (Henley/Reading): Join ring road at (Sainsburys) and turn left to next roundabout and right to city centre and ice rink.
      • From East (London): M40/A40 At end of A40 turn left at roundabout signed Cowley. Continue on the ring road, (4 roundabouts) to Abingdon Road, city centre and ice rink.
      • From the train station: the campus is 10 minutes walk from the station.