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Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma: Performing Arts: Theatre Production Pathway at Beauchamp College

Course description

Whether you merely have a passion for the Performing Arts in general, keen to experience working ‘behind the scenes’ or want to support your on stage skills with a broader range of knowledge, this is the perfect course. This course requires students to work as part of a team and as individuals. The nature of the continual assessment through practical and written assignments requires students to be highly organised. This style of learning will suit those who prefer coursework rather than examinations.

The Cambridge Technical courses are designed to be as practical and work based as possible which means you will often find yourself planning, organising, preparing for and running college productions and events. An ability to work consistently and to deadlines is essential. Excellent facilities in a purpose built studio are available to students on this course.

Part of the practical assessments for this course are completed whilst working on the college production. This requires attendance to some rehearsals and the performances. Should students also wish to perform in the production this can often be accommodated.

This course is designed to be as practical and work based as possible, which means you will often find yourself planning, organising, preparing for and running college productions and events. An ability to work consistently and to deadlines is essential and at times learning will take place outside of the college and timetable. Excellent facilities in a purpose built studio are available to students on this course. If you are highly organised, a good team member and prefer continual assessment rather than examinations then this will suit your style of learning. Whether you merely have a passion for the Performing Arts in general, are keen to experience first hand experience of working ‘behind the scenes’, or want to support your on stage skills with a broader range of knowledge making you more employable in the future, this is the perfect course.

Course content

The majority of the course content is delivered through practical work on theatre projects. This work will cover stage management, stage lighting, theatre design and theatrical management. Students will work on the college production and take a lead role in the organising and structuring of the performance.

Mandatory units:

Unit 18: Production and Stage Management Process

Students will take on one of the above roles in a production and follow it through from the initial production meetings to the final realisation of the project.

 

Unit 1: Prepare to work in the Performing Arts Sector

This allows students to understand the many role and progression routes within the sector. It is designed to prepare students for work within this sector.

 

Unit 2: Proposal for a Commissioning Brief

This prepares students for work within performing arts and teaches how to put together a bid for a project and all the planning for a performance project.

 

Unit 3: Influential Performance Practice

Students will study the influence that different practitioners have had on their chosen area of performing arts and apply their knowledge to a statement about theatre.

 

Optional units:

Unit 4: Combined Arts

Unit 19: Stage lighting design and operation

Unit 22: Set design and realisation Or:

Unit 21: Character design and realisation

 

Entry requirements

At least 5 grade 5s (or equivalent), plus at least grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

It is beneficial but not essential to have gained a merit or above in BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Performing Arts Production or to have gained a 5 or above in your design option subject.

 

Assessment

Units1, 2 and 3 are externally assessed. These are pre-released exam papers where students have 8 weeks to prepare before writing up their portfolio and / or preparing a pitch to camera during a 2 week window. Students are able to resit these external assessments once during the 2 year period.

Future opportunities

This course is particularly suitable if you are interested in studying Stage and or Performance Management, Performing Arts or Theatrical Design at University or are hoping to pursue a career in the field, such as

• Technical theatre and management

• Stage Lighting, sound, set design, costume etc.

• Stage performance

• Direction

• Theatrical Journalism/Criticism

Further information

Theatrical Design at University or are hoping to pursue a career in the field, such as technical theatre and management, stage lighting, sound, set design, costume etc., stage performance or direction Many of our students have gone on to study at prestigious drama schools in areas including stage management, theatre lighting, theatrical make-up and costume. Please note that units 1, 2 & 3 are delivered alongside the dance pathway, it is therefore not possible to study both of these courses at level 3.

It is expected that students will commit time outside the class room to further develop their skills, this means students are required to lead on all areas of production management from planning to crewing a performance. Productions Arts students will be involved in many extra curricular events such as the College Productions and Gala Performances. We have strong links with a professional theatre designer and Bamboozle Theatre Company and this affords students the possibility of working alongside professionals in the industry. Previous educational visits have included Curve and The National Theatre back stage tours.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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