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Acting (Performing Arts) Specialist Qualification at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

This is a practically based, work related course which is equivalent to one A Level. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic work place situations. The course focuses upon key skills in Acting and Performance.

Why study the Specialist Qualification in Acting?
To focus on a particular subject area and develop specialist skills and knowledge. The course prepares you for working in the Performing Arts industry or for Higher Education.

Course content

Unit 1 – Performing to an Audience (Mandatory)

You are assessed on performance skills as an actor and how you conduct yourself during the learning and rehearsal period.

Unit 2 – Principles of Acting (Mandatory)

You will learn the principles of acting. These will be explored mainly through practical workshops, tutor led rehearsals and performances to a live audience.

Unit 3 – Devising Plays

You will be creating pieces of performance and writing from practical drama workshop activities. You will be learning skills and techniques for generating performance material.

Unit 4 - Performing with Masks

This unit develops the techniques required to enable learners to deliver classical play-texts in performance. It deals with the historic background to the texts as well as the structure and style of heightened language

Unit 5 – Theatre in Education

The aim of this unit is to equip you with the appropriate skills to create, publicise and perform in a Theatre in Education (TIE) project.

Unit 6 – Site Specific Performance

Storytelling is probably one of the oldest performance activities known to any civilisation. Much of ordinary human discourse involves the telling of stories. This unit is designed to develop learners’ skills of storytelling as a performance art in its own right.

Throughout the performance and choreographic aspects of the course you will learn about a range of acting and performance styles, where they originate from, the key techniques involved and you will use these to create performance pieces that you will perform to an audience. You will have several opportunities to perform throughout the course. You will learn about the performing arts industry thinking about the job roles available, how to achieve a career in a particular job role and what further study you will need to follow a career into this sector of work.

Entry requirements

Students will need at least four GCSEs at Grades A*-C and have a background in Drama. You may have studied Drama at Level 2 or belong to a youth drama group.

Future opportunities

The opportunity to learn a variety of acting styles and techniques throughout lessons and workshops with invited guests. The opportunity to develop your acting and directing skills and the chance to devise a piece towards the many drama performances that happen throughout the year. The opportunity to develop social and leadership skills and to become involved with a theatre company.

What kind of career does this subject/qualification prepare me for?

Actor, Director, Arts Administrator, Drama Teacher / Facilitator.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 15 October 2015
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