The world of Acting is fiercely competitive, so you will be supported in developing essential skills for a career within the acting profession: group work, communication, analysis, cultural awareness and confidence building. Depending on the pathway you choose to study, you will fundamentally look at Developing Plays, Theatre in Education, Developing Your Voice as an Actor, Applying Acting Styles as well as focusing on Auditions for Actors.
Students applying must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at C grades with English and Maths. As of 2017, this will include at least a grade 4 (old Grade Cs) in English Language OR Literature as well as Maths. A grade ‘C’ in a GCSE Art-based/creative subject, or level 2 equivalent, would be advantageous for showing your ability to cope with the Level 3 study specialism. Upon gaining an interview for the Art & Design course you must bring with you a Portfolio of work.
The qualification consists of a combination of practical and theory based assignments. These will be assessed through a mixture of Edexcel-set assignments/exams and internally assessed units. You will also take part in three productions each year including performances in the community which supports one of the mandatory units. The learning structure is a mixture of tutor led activities and independent research.
The Extended Certificate (1 A Level) and National Diploma (2 A Levels) consist of some/all of the following units:
Unit 1: Investigating practitioners work (Externally Assessed)
Unit 2: Developing skills and techniques for live Performance (Internally assessed/externally moderated)
Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop (Externally set and assessed)
Unit 4: Performing Arts in the community (Internally assessed/externally moderated)
Unit 5: Individual Performance commission (Externally set and assessed)
Unit 6: Final Liver performance (Internally assessed/externally moderated)
Unit 19: Acting styles (Internally assessed/externally moderated)
Unit 21: Improvisation (Internally assessed/externally moderated)
One of the biggest advantages of the Studio School is every department has unlimited access to all of the resources on offer. Each department does, however, specialise in an array of core resources. This enable students to get the most out of the resources closest to their chosen subject.
The Performing Arts department’s core resources are:
Thanks to an open plan office style environment, the Studio School is quite literary designed from the ground up to promote collaboration between students. This enables learning to take place not just in lessons but at any time, anywhere. Students share ideas for upcoming projects and provide feedback on current projects. This type of social interaction is such an important skill and something few environments can offer. It’s not just about #CreateYourself, but #ShareLearnImprove.
Drama is life! Not only does Drama involve learning scripts and completing character analyses, it involves looking outside of the classroom for real stimulus. In addition to using the Performance Arts area, working in teams to devise plays and scripts and experimenting with different genres and techniques, the Performance Arts Acting course will engage you further into the world of Acting in many, different ways.
Personalised Pathways: Of the above, the Drama department supported 20% of students towards their Subsidiary Diploma (1 A Level) and 80% towards the Diploma (2 A Level)
Many students who successfully complete the course go on to one of the following pathways:Performing Arts or a related subject at University / Actors, Dancers & Singers / Directors / Animators / Producer / Production Manager / Stage Manager / Set Designer / Wardrobe Designer / Lighting Design / Sound Engineer / Theatre Manager / Funding Officer / Box Office Staff to name but a few.
Maybe you have a question about the different range of units you can study? Or maybe you want a bit more info on the resources? Whatever your question, the Tutors are more than happy to answer any that you have. Get in touch and we’ll get back to you with all the answers.
Our video will give you a brief taste of some of our Drama & Performing Arts activities.