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Performing and Production Arts - Beginner

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Course Description

The course deliberately draws upon approaches to learning that target students who enjoy and learn through practical activity. Emphasis is placed on the realities of the performing arts industry, with students being treated as professionals and encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their own learning.

The qualifications will provide students with:

  • An introduction to a range of activities essential to the development and delivery of a performance such as drama, dance and music, the process of rehearsal, production and delivery of a performance as a collaborative activity.
  • An introduction to the diversity of roles and responsibilities within the performing arts sector, the importance of health and safety as integral to the performer and production and the personal and professional characteristics needed for a career in the performing arts.

The course is specifically aimed at beginners and assumes no previous experience. The course would not be suitable for people who have previously studied performing arts or have worked within the industry. The full course cost is £170 and runs for 15 weeks, 3 hours per week, on a Wednesday evening 6-9pm.

Once you have successfully completed this course the next step would be to complete a full level 2 diploma or consider level 3 study in performing or production arts.

Qualifications

UAL Level 2 Award in Performing and Production Arts

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this introductory course. However a keen interest in performance and production arts is desirable if you are to find the course engaging and enjoyable. It is essential before starting the course that students understand it is for beginners.

Details

Introduction to performance

The unit will introduce the basic elements of drama, dance and music, the processes of rehearsal, production and the delivery of a performance, while imparting an understanding of performing arts as a collaborative activity.

The range of activities will vary but selected from the following list:

  • An exploration of narrative through scripts and scores
  • An exploration of the relationship between the performer and the audience
  • Exercises in movement and sound, dance, music, song and drama
  • Exercises that develop students’ use of the imagination in interpreting and communicating ideas.

Introduction to production

The unit will introduce students to the importance of health and safety as integral to both the performer and production, and the personal and professional characteristics needed for a career in the performing arts.

The range of activities will vary but selected from the following list:

  • An exploration of roles and responsibilities that support a production, design, direction, staging, management and marketing
  • An investigation into the effects of diet, fitness and nutrition on the performer
  • An exploration of ethical considerations in both collaborative practice and performance.

Both units will be internally assessed and moderated through a student’s portfolio of evidence.

Work Experience

N/A

Progression

This is an introductory course for beginners and so progression into a specific field of employment is not the expected outcome. Students successful on the course should consider more extensive study of performing or production arts which can lead to a range of careers including:

  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • Drama-therapist
  • Music therapist
  • Theatre director
  • Screenwriter
  • Theatre stage manager
  • Broadcasting presenter

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