Vocational • Level 3
About the course
This advanced course is designed to develop and refine performing arts skills in acting, musical theatre and dance.
This course will encourage you to become well-rounded, ‘triple threat’ performers studying; Singing Skills; Contemporary and Jazz Dance Technique; Musical Theatre and Acting Techniques inclusive of Naturalism and Classical theatre through technique classes, workshops and collaborative projects. You will research the Performing Arts Industry in order to understand current trends and developments and how to promote yourself.You will perform in public performance projects inclusive of Musical Theatre, Acting and Dance Showcases performed in both years of study, a full scale Storytelling production in your first year and a large, full scale, Musical Theatre production in the final year. All projects are designed to replicate the demands of the industry with a robust academic underpinning essential for further study at higher education.
Our course supports the development of performance confidence and builds performance experience. Students are regularly invited to participate in extracurricular activities such as Musical Theatre, Dance and Acting Academy and you will have the opportunity to collaborate with local and national production & performance companies.
Type of LearningSchool Leaver
Location ByBurnley College
02/09/2024, 02/09/2024, 02/09/2024
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and preferably Mathematics OR a relevant Pre-Advance qualification (such as BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts) including GCSE grade 4 in English Language and preferably Mathematics. If Mathematics is not achieved at grade 4 or above then students will be required to retake this subject.
Year 1 of your course will consist of two core modules. Module A Performing Arts Skills Development which includes: Exploring Performance Styles; Creating Performance Material and Performing for an Audience. Module F: The Performing Arts Industry; Planning a Career in the Industry. Year 2 of your course will consist of two further core modules. Module G Personal Performing Arts Profile: Using Development Plans to Refine Skills; Producing a Personal Project; Using Material for Self-promotion and Networking. Module H Collaborative Performing Arts Project: Undertaking a Defined Creative or Administrative Role; Using Creative Collaboration to Develop a Project; Producing a Collaborative Project.
The content of your assessment will be outlined on an assignment brief; the design of these will be explained during induction. For every assessment there will be a clear deadline by which the work must be submitted to your assessor (course tutor). Your assessed work will be a mixture of both practical work aligned with an academic underpinning. Assessment work will take the form of practical and theoretical coursework. Evidence required may include the following: practical classes, workshops, rehearsals and performances, reflective milestone logs and extended pieces of writing underpinned by research. You may also be expected to produce presentations and google sites, edited video footage and voice recordings. This will be assessed internally by your tutor and verified by the awarding body.
Careers & Progression
Typically, students progress from the Level 3 Performing Arts Practice course to study subjects inclusive of: Acting; Musical Theatre; Theatre & Performance, Media & Performance and Drama and Psychology at a higher level. You will have the unique opportunity to internally progress directly onto an innovative and exciting Level 4 HNC in Performing Arts right here at the Burnley College campus, delivered by our industry standard teaching team. Students from previous years have continued their studies at accredited drama schools such as Italia Conti, East 15 and The Hammond and also on highly respected university courses at The Arden; Salford University; Bangor University; Edge Hill University and UCLAN. The multi-genre experience you have as an advanced Performing Arts student at Burnley College prepares you fully for the next steps in your professional training where you will specialise in your chosen Performing Arts skill.
Black practical attire is required for your classes. You will also be expected to purchase jazz shoes and/or character shoes. It is expected that all students purchase one company t-shirt at £10.
You will have access to industry standard performance and rehearsal spaces. The department also provides access to high-spec video cameras, changing facilities, ballet barres, acro equipment and PCs/laptops for theory lessons.
Extra curricular activities
You will have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of trips and visits. Trips include an overnight London Theatre visit with two West End shows and a professional workshop, visits to professional theatre productions across the North West, practical workshops with working industry professionals, involvement in community theatre projects and a three night stay in London to attend ‘Move It!’ one of the world’s biggest dance conventions. We offer additional training with our Dance Academy and Musical Theatre Academy facilitated by our tutors, providing further creative and performance opportunities. You will also benefit from a wide range of guest speakers to enrich the curriculum.