Performing Arts Courses

Start Date
Full Time

This course is designed for those who have achieved a L3 or have some experience of the performing arts and dance and who wish to extend their skills and knowledge. This course is combined for many units but will be streamed into the dance or performing pathways. You will be taught by industry professionals and have the chance to go to exhibitions trips, events and performances relevant to your specialism.

  • About the Course

    Dance Pathway
    An exciting and innovative course that specialises in contemporary, hip-hop and commercial dance practice. This 1 year course offers students the chance to study with a dynamic and skilled dance faculty. We explore Contemporary dance techniques, innovative theatre practice, hip-hop, commercial, jazz dance, performance projects, audition techniques and choreographic practice. You will have the opportunity to share your work in our tri-annual performance platforms and external dance events.

    The faculty of dance will aid in supporting your growth and developing your skills as a dance artist, choreographer and performer. You will also explore the importance of arts administration and setting up performance events and supportive choreographic sharing's whilst studying critical response and analytical frameworks for dance analysis. On completion of the 1 year programme many students have progressed onto the 2nd year of the Higher National Diploma which can then lead to studying a top-up year, second or third year of a BA (Hons) degree at university, or conservatoire.

    Dance Pathway Unit Combination
    Unit 5 Contemporary Dance 1
    Unit 6 Commercial Dance 1
    Unit 9 Choreography 1

    Combined Dance and Acting Units
    Unit 1 The Performing Arts Industry Core
    Unit 2 Professional Development Core
    Unit 10 Investigation of Specialism
    Unit 11 Dance for Camera
    Unit 20 Devising Theatre & Performance

    Acting Pathway

    An opportunity to explore your creativity and develop your technique. If you are interested in making dynamic and innovative theatre, and refining your skills as a performer, then this is the course for you.

    The course is structured around intensive technique training, with the opportunity to engage in your own creative journey. The outcome will be a Festival of Original Work, which will feature you as both performer and theatre maker, and this will be the major focus of your final term.

    We will look at contemporary world theatre and embrace the widest cultural perspective. We will look at site specific theatre and the genre of performance art. Practical work will be underpinned with a rigorous critical analysis and your development will be under tutor guidance throughout.

    Top industry professionals will give masterclasses and seminars. Regular trips, to regional theatre venues, are a feature of the course.

    On completion of the first year programme, many students have progressed on to the second year of the Higher National Diploma, which can then lead to studying a top-up year on a B.A. Honours Degree Course with one of our partner universities.

    Acting Pathway Unit Combination
    Unit 13 Acting 1
    Unit 18 Voice and Speech for Actors
    Unit 22 Stagecraft

    Combined Acting and Dance Units
    Unit 1 The Performing Arts Industry - Core
    Unit 2 Professional Development - Core
    Unit 10 Investigation of Specialism
    Unit 17 Acting for Camera
    Unit 20 Devising Theatre and Performance

  • Entry Requirements
    Level 3, A levels or equivalent in performing, dance or a related qualification, or relevant industry experience for more mature students will be accepted. You will be interviewed for suitability.
  • Progression
    Upon successful completion you can progress onto HND or to a university.
  • Assessment Method
    You will be assessed via practical observation throughout the year and research methods evidenced via blog submission.

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Course Info

Courses for Adults 19+,Higher Education

Full Time

Level 4

Location Isleworth

Start Date 02/10/2023

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