BTEC National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting/Musical Theatre)
Do you absolutely know you want to progress to Drama school and want a career as a performer? Then this could be the course for you!
This course is an essential foundation for anyone wanting to become a Performer. The course is designed to make you a multidisciplinary and employable performer by developing your skills in acting, singing, dance and musical theatre. You do not have to be skilled in all of the disciplines before you start the course, as teaching will be tailored around your individual experience and skill level. In today’s highly competitive Performing Arts industry, you need to have some experience in all areas to widen your higher education, drama school and employment opportunities in the future. Certainly, this course is highly suitable for those who want to be an all-round entertainer and those who want to specialize as Actors, Singers and Musical Theatre performers.
Your classes will have a practical focus and assessments will involve live and filmed performances to an audience and to camera, research, presentations, podcasts, logs and vlogs! Alongside this, you will also participate in our annual College Productions where you will have the opportunity to take part in a large-scale pantomime and musical theatre production each year.
As a first-year learner you will focus heavily on exploring performance styles. This means you will take lessons in performing scripted plays, devising, theatre in education, singing & musical theatre and jazz dance each week with specialist lecturers. Once a good technical grounding has been established the creative element of the course will come into play and as a performer you will develop performance material in response to a set brief. Throughout the course, the focus will be on developing you as a multi-disciplined performer.
Alongside this, you will complete theoretical work on the Industry of Performing Arts. This module will help you to develop the professional skills and knowledge to join the industry and succeed within it.
In the second year of the course, you will continue industry work by exploring methods of self-promotion and networking in order to be able to establish yourself in the professional environment successfully. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest e.g., Acting and/or Musical Theatre and showcase your skills in a personal showcase to an invited audience.
The emphasis of the second year is on the creative element which is assessed in a final, larger scale project. As performers, you will collaborate with each other and other departments to create a final Graduation Show made up of your own work which will demonstrate the skills developed over two years.
Topics include: Acting Skills; Devising; Theatre for Children & Theatre in Education; Film & TV Acting; Audition Technique, Acting through Song, Singing Technique & Musical Theatre; Movement & Dance.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including English, or equivalent. In addition, all applicants will undertake an audition. The audition is an integral part of the course as it allows us the opportunity to meet you in person and confirm your suitability for BTEC L3 Performing Arts, whilst giving you the chance to meet the staff, ask questions about the course and explore the facilities we have to offer.
In preparation for the audition, you are required to perform a solo monologue and song as well as participate in a dance workshop. More information will be given once you have applied for the course.
Future career and study opportunities
This course could lead you directly into the Performing Arts industry, Drama School, University, Music Academies and other technical training institutions. It also prepares you for any career where communication skills, the ability to work in a team or deal with the public are important.
Work experience/Careers Extra
This course does not contain an assessed work experience component. However, you will be expected to enhance your production and admin skills through taking part in work experience projects which can involve stage management, marketing, lighting and sound operations, costume design, wardrobe management and front of house duties. If you would like to undertake a formal work placement alongside your studies our Employability Team can help.
You will need loose, comfortable clothing for all practical classes as well as ‘unfashionable clothes’ for building and painting sets.