Subject Area: Visual & Performing Arts
Level: BTEC Level 3 Extended Cert.
Exam Board: AQA
This qualification is equivalent to one A-level.
Delivered in association with the Grand Theatre and City Varieties Music Hall.
You do not need to have studied Drama or Performing Arts to take this course. We recognise that students may have experience in theatre and performance in other ways. If you have taken Drama or Performing Arts as a GCSE or BTEC we would prefer you to have at least a grade C or Merit. Level 4 in GCSE English is also preferred. Contact the department if you have any queries about your suitability for this course. All BTEC Performing Arts students are expected to wear suitable rehearsal clothing for all lessons.
What will I study?
There are two units; Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance & Investigating Practitioner’s Work. In these units you will learn the skills that are essential to an actor’s training for live performance. You will experience a wide range of specialist exercises and techniques designed to develop your physical and vocal skills whilst experiencing a range of different acting styles and will be taught how to interpret a character from a text and use your imagination to bring that character to life. You will also learn how to approach a text using physical theatre techniques and will write a research project based on an investigation into the work of significant theatre practitioners analysing how they would develop a given theme and presenting a study into what the stylistic features are of their performance work.
There are two study units; Group Performance Workshop & Principles of Acting. You will learn how to create your own piece of original performance work from a commission. You will investigate contemporary styles of theatre and experiment with ideas, develop performance material and script your work. Year 2 builds on the work you have done in the first year and extends your knowledge and experience of two contrasting acting styles. You will be taught techniques in developing imagination, the body and voice to apply appropriate physical and vocal skills as a performer to selected texts.
This acting course is designed to give you a grounding in preparing for a career in performing. Lots of universities and employers recognise the skills you will learn such as leadership, imagination, creative thinking, self – discipline, confidence and the ability to work independently and as a team.