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Performance Studies AS A2 at Wrenn Academy

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Performance Studies is a unique subject.  It looks at the three art forms of dance, drama and music, and the way in which these work when they are brought together and all the potential this creates for your own practical work.You’ll take part in a number of practical performances and study the ways in which pieces and performances are put together.Practical and Theoretical WorkYou’ll spend a lot of time in Performance Studies doing practical work.  Some of this is intended to develop your skills in communication and group work, so that you understand how to create an effective performance.You will need to learn how to evaluate your own work as a performer.Group WorkThere is a lot of group work and you may choose to use this in your Performance Realisation, although you may decide to do a solo piece, you will still need the advice of the group to help you improve.What experience do you need?You will need some subject skills in the three disciplines but the greater knowledge in two of the three areas.  You also need to be able to write about what you have studied.  Key Skills which you will need to develop are communication, use of IT, ability to work with others, the capacity to improve your own learning and performance, and problem solving.UniversityPerformance Studies is recognised by all universities in the UK.  However, as with all A levels, whether you can use it as an entrance qualification for a specific course depends on the course you want to study.The AS CourseUnit 1The Language of Performing Arts – written (30%)You will devise four pieces, one from each discipline and the fourth combining all three.  You will have to write a written commentary on each of the four pieces.Unit 2Contextual Studies – written (30%)Here you will be assessed on 2 pieces of work by professional choreographers, composers or playwrights in a two hour written exam.Unit 3 (40%)You will take part in two performances, which will be based on the pieces you study in Unit 2.  Your performances may be solo or in a group.Remember at every stage you will be supported by three teachers who will teach much of the content through practical work.

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Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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