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BTEC Extended Certificate specialising in Acting, Dance & Musical Theatre

What is Performing Arts?

Subsidiary Diplomas in Performing Arts allow you to specialise in either Musical Theatre, Acting or Dance. You will develop your skills within the genre through workshops and refine the work to be presented to audiences both within the college as well as in external venues.

What Will You Study?

Musical Theatre: The Performing to an Audience and Musical Theatre Performance units require you to perform roles in large and medium scale productions. In Variety Performance you will develop and perform an ‘act’ as part of a Variety Show. Dance Performance and Movement in Performance is designed to increase your technical and performance skills. Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers will help you develop your technical singing within the musical theatre genre, both as a soloist and as a member of an ensemble.

Dance: The Movement in performance unit will allow you to experiment with a range of different source material as well as developing your communication skills through working in groups. Dance Performance, Jazz Dance and Applying Contemporary dance technique are all designed to increase your technical and performance skills. The Performance Workshop unit gives you the opportunity to experiment with a range of ideas creatively, devising your own work in response to a given stimulus as well as performing material from professional productions. The Performing to an Audience unit provides an opportunity to participate in a large scale production with the whole performing arts department.

Acting: As part of the Principles of Acting, Applying Acting Styles and Contemporary Theatre Performance units, you will study the ideas of key theatrical practitioners, directors and acting coaches. You will apply their techniques to specific roles from contrasting plays. The Performing to an Audience unit requires you to perform a role in a large scale production, and you will develop your acting for camera techniques, and produce short films as part of the Film and TV Acting unit.

What Next?

Many students choose to study performance further at University in degree courses either specialising in their chosen area of Performing Arts or Performing Arts in the broader sense.

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Entry Requirements:

You will need at least five 4s in your GCSEs  and at least a 4 in English Language or Maths.

Course Type:

BTEC Extended Certificate

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Film Studies, Media Studies, Art, English Literature, English Language, Dance, Music, Drama & Theatre Studies.

Did you know?

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running Broadway show of all time. It has surpassed an incredible 10,000 performances.

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