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Performing Arts (Fast Track) BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Reading College

Course description

The Performing Arts department at Reading College has a growing reputation as one of the most exciting places to study theatre and dance in Berkshire. Developed specifically for adult learners wishing to gain access to higher education this exciting course enables students to develop the skills needed to work within the expanding performing arts industry. A wide range of performing arts related themes will be studied including: acting techniques and rehearsal skills, jazz, dance, physical theatre, site-specific performance, audition techniques, contemporary and classical theatre.

Throughout the duration of the programme students will take part in a number of varied public performances, develop a portfolio of work, performing arts industry knowledge, and skills to help them to further their performance career and find employment, or support an application for a higher education course.

Course content

A wide range of performing arts-related themes will be studied including acting techniques and rehearsal skills, jazz, dance, physical theatr,e site-specific performance, audition techniques, contemporary and classical theatre.

Technique classes and rehearsals will take place in our purpose built workshop theatre and professional dance studio with your specialist tutors, and are supported with theory, written work and research. Working both independently and in groups you will focus on a number of performance projects throughout the year, culminating in a performance at a professional venue for your final major project.

Entry requirements

As this programme is for adult learners there are no formal entry requirements, though prior experience of performing arts and a satisfactory reference are required. Applicants will be asked to attend and successfully complete an interview and workshop audition.

Future opportunities

You could progress to a Foundation Degree or degree level courses or vocational drama dance or stage school.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.