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Performing and Production Arts - Level 2 60 Credit Diploma (Full-Time) at Newcastle College

Course description

This exciting course covers all aspects of the performing arts, through a wide-ranging programme that ensures each student has the opportunity to explore key areas of performance, while pursuing a specialist route.

The Level 2 programme is carefully designed to inform and support the critical decisions related to personal strengths, specialist skills, future progression and employment.

Students will specialise in acting and dance and their units of study will reflect upon this pathway choice. Previous productions have included ‘Panto Pandemonium’, ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Children of Narnia’ and ‘Evolution’, where students have been able to demonstrate performance skills in all areas including acting, movement and singing.

This programme is a holistic approach to the development of skills relevant to industry and for progression onto one of the Level 3 programmes.

Course content

  • Variety Performance
  • Performing Arts Enterprise
  • Performing Scripted Plays (Acting)
  • Dance technique (Dance)
  • Voice and Speech for Performers (Acting)
  • Jazz Dance Technique (Dance)
  • Physical Theatre Performance
  • Subject Specific Workshops

 

Your course also includes GCSE or Functional Skills as appropriate in English and or Maths. Possessing these skills will help you to progress in education, training and employment and make a positive contribution in the community in which you live and work.

 

As well as GCSE & Functional Skills being embedded into all aspects of your course you will receive a dedicated lesson to enable you to develop your skills in the relevant subject area.

Entry requirements

You must have completed your compulsory school education and should have achieved at least one of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs between D and G grades
  • A BTEC Level 1 Certificate/ Diploma in Performing Arts
  • An alternative equivalent qualification at the appropriate level

If English is not your first language you will also need an IELTS score of 5.5 or above. In addition to this, you will also need to bring with you to interview a portfolio of relevant project work.

Assessment

All the work you do is assessed. Students work to criteria published by UALin 'units'.

Assessment is by observation of practical work and performance, marking of written work, your own files and portfolios of evidence, and presentations made in various forms.

The first term is based on the development of technique and core skills, with the second term concentrating on performances.

Future opportunities

Previous students have progressed to FE courses in Acting, Musical Theatre, and Dance, as well as areas including Stage Management, Performing Arts, Media, Live Music and Touring Production and Events Management.

This can lead to continued progression onto a Higher Education course which could include our own Foundation Degrees in Acting, Musical Theatre, Contemporary Dance, Stage Management and Technical Production, Live Music and Touring Production and Events Management. Many of these courses now have further progression through to a BA Honors. programme.

Additionally many students have won places at top London schools and other celebrated establishments.

 

Career directions include: actor, dancer, singer, director, choreographer, musical theatre performer, stage manager, theatre/live event technician, lighting /sound designer, events manager.

Students often move into other related professions within teaching and the leisure industry

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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