The Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts.
This programme provides an opportunity if you have an interest in the performing arts to explore, develop and test your creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating, demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.
Performance and Production at Banbury and Bicester College is exciting, practical, and industry focused. Our programmes give you the chance to experience a wide variety of modern, contemporary and practical skills and techniques in the performing and production arts.
You’ll be taught by industry trained expert practitioners in specialist buildings, housing a variety of professional facilities, including:
- an HD TV studio
- a cinema room
- multiple Mac suites
- a fully equipped theatre and rehearsal space
Banbury and Bicester College is partnered with the University of the Arts London (UAL), a university solely focused on the creative arts. At the end of this two-year programme, you will achieve a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts, which is equivalent to three A levels.
Working with the UAL allows us to offer our students a bespoke pre-university course, specialising in your area of interest. You can choose to keep your studies broad with the Performing and Production Arts route, or specialise in either Film and TV Acting, or Technical Theatre.
What you'll learn
Option 1: Performing and Production Arts Route
Performing and Production Arts is a modern, contemporary performing arts programme where you’ll specialise in both live and recorded performance. The course is designed to grow your knowledge and skills across all three disciplines: acting, song and dance. A variety of performance opportunities will allow you to put your skills and technique into practice.
Through collaborative learning and immersive study, you will take your performance and production skills to the next level, while continuing to learn how to use your body and voice in performance, engage with elements of design and technology, and entertain and inform your audience. This course will develop your skills in the use of voice and vocal manipulation, dance and movement, theatre and mime, text and dialogue, mask design and use, design for performance (including sets, costumes and lights), and technical management.
More than just developing your technical and creative skills, you will also gain a deeper knowledge of the theories and principles of performing arts, increase your understanding of the industry, and develop the confidence and skills you’ll need to succeed in real-world auditions and interviews. You will learn about professional practice standards, critical and contextual awareness, and the expectations of the professional world of performance and production.
So, whether your future lies on stage or screen, behind the scenes or in-front of an audience, or in performing or producing, Performing and Production Arts can help set the stage for your future career journey, and fully prepare you for a life in the performing arts.
Option 2: Film and TV Acting Route
This route is perfect if you have already decided that you want to pursue a career in TV or film acting. This programme will begin the training you’ll need to be a working screen actor. It will focus on the distinctiveness of acting for film and television, not as a branch of theatre acting but as a unique discipline.
Course content includes acting techniques, the connection of physicality and voice, the history and development of acting for the camera, character development, acting for camera techniques, motion capture, voice-over, commercial acting and industry insight. You’ll also appear in professionally made films as part of the course and leave with a comprehensive showreel.
Option 3: Technical Theatre Route
Interested in set construction and design? Passionate about creating effects on stage? Or are you interested in lighting, sound and costume? Do you want to crew large scale productions and find out what it takes to bring a production to life?
If you answered yes, then opting for the Technical Theatre route is for you.?You will learn skills such as prop design and making, costume construction, set design and building, lighting design for concerts and shows and leading a crew as a stage manager.
Don’t worry if you haven’t chosen your preferred route yet. You will be able to discuss each of the different routes, and which one might best suit your career aspirations, as part of your application process.
How you'll learn and be assessed
We want you to collaborate in your learning experience, so our industry-experienced tutors will help you to identify your areas of interest and areas for improvement.
You’ll develop practical performance skills using voice and movement to communicate effectively to an audience. You will also learn the importance of teamwork, self-discipline, and you’ll gain confidence in interacting with—and leading—others. These skills can be used not just in the performing arts industry but in many other areas of work.
All your coursework is internally assessed at the end of the year (there is no exam). It’ll then be marked by the centre and moderated by UAL Awarding Body.
At the end of this course, you’ll be equipped with the practical skills to join the professional world of performing arts or to continue with your education and training elsewhere, including university.
A minimum of four GCSEs at grades 4 or above (A*–C), including English and preferably an Art-based subject. All learners will be required to attend an audition. You will be contacted personally to confirm any materials you may need to prepare for this.