Foundation Diplomas in Performing Arts allow you to specialise in either Acting, Dance or Musical Theatre. They are equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels and will allow you to 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.
The BTEC Dance course is a practical based subject that will introduce you to a broad range of dance styles and approaches to dancing. The course will enrich your ability to develop your technical and performance skills. Working in groups is an essential component on the course, you will develop improvisational and choreographic skill in workshop situations and refine the work to be presented to audiences both within the college as well as in external venues.
Units such as Jazz Dance and Contemporary dance technique are designed to increase your technical skills as well as your performance skills through a series of technical exercises and dances. You will perform many of these dances in front of invited audiences in the Newman Theatre. You will be given 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 existing repertoire from professional productions. Additional units provide opportunities to participate in a large scale production in conjunction with the whole performing arts department.
The BTEC Performing Arts acting course is a practical based subject that will introduce you to a broad range of theatrical styles and approaches to acting. The course will enrich your ability to develop and embody roles from published plays and screenplays. You will also work in groups to create your own performance material and you will also develop your improvisation skills through extensive practical workshops.
As part of the Developing Techniques and Skills for Performance and Group Performance Workshop 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. You will perform extracts from plays in front of invited audiences in a workshop setting, and you will also perform a role/s in a full length play for a public audience. You will take part in extensive practical drama workshops where you will develop your improvisation skills through games and activities, and you will work in groups to create original plays. In addition to this will develop your skills in other areas of performance such as physical theatre, voice, movement, classical acting and screen acting.
Many students choose to study performance further at University in degree courses such as Media and Performance, Drama and Theatre Studies, Performing Arts, Dance Performance, Dance Performance and Teaching.
You will need at least five 4s in your GCSEs and at least a 4 in English Language or Maths.
For Dance, previous experience is preferred.
BTEC Foundation Diploma
The Foundation Diplomas can be studied alongside any two other A-Levels or equivalent, but cannot be chosen alongside each other.