Those wishing to pursue careers in theatre, dance and the entertainment industries as actors, dancers and performers in all areas of production.
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Start Date: September 2010
End Date: June 2012
Venue: Coleg Powys Newtown
Tutor: Elizabeth Hebden
Who is this course for? Those wishing to pursue careers in theatre, dance and the entertainment industries as actors, dancers and performers in all areas of production.
Previous knowledge required: A minimum of 4 GCSE's at grade C or above or a First Diploma or Intermediate GNVQ with an apporopriate grade. Other relevant experience or qualifications may be considered. There is no audition for the course, but applicants will need to show commitment to the arts and complete a successful interview.
What will I study? Both courses have a CORE element of six units plus a minimum of twelve additional units. These units enable students to explore a range of areas such as Acting Techniques, Drama Improvisation, Musical Theatre, Variety Performance and Devising as well as a broad range of movement skills in Physical Theatre, Contemporary Dance and Choreography. Students may choose to study from a range of units including Singing for Actors and Dancers, Applying Acting Styles Urban Dance, Dance Performance, and Applying Contemporary Dance Technique. Subject to availability, Technical students can choose from a range of units including lighting, sound, video, set design and construction.The course balances the learning of necessary skills with the opportunity to be part of a performance company throughout the year. Theatr Hafren is used as the training base with additional studio and workshop facilities. The programmes are physically demanding and it should be noted that there is also a requirement to produce written evidence of studies. These full-time, two year programmes offer a creative and fulfilling experience for those with commitment and determination.
What else will I do? All students receive tuition in the Key Skills including Application of Number, Communication, Working with Others and Information Technology. It may be possible for students to undertake a GCSE in Maths, English or Art. All students undertake two weeks work experience as part of their course. The performances of Severn Star Productions are performed to public audiences at Theatre Hafren, other venues in Mid-Wales and in schools. Increasingly, the company creates work for video distribution. The department has a national reputation for its educational work. Through these projects students are introduced to the disciplines required by careers in performing arts, developing maturity and practical skills. The department is very happy to receive applications from students with Welsh as their first or second language. Opportunities will be given to them to develop their skills bilingually and to present written assignments in their preferred language.
How will I be assessed? There will be a combination of examinations and coursework.
What will I achieve? BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Performance Other possible courses to be offered in the future include a BTEC First Diploma in Performance, which is a 4 GCSE equivalent and designed for those students who might not be able to make the qualifications needed for a BTEC National Diploma. The National Certificate in Performance is a 2 A level equivalent. Students study a minimum of 12 units which include those offered on the National Diploma. The National Award in Performance is a 1 A level equivalent. Students study a minimum of 6 units which include those offered on the National Diploma. Pathways include Musical Theatre, Dance and Physical Theatre.
What can I do afterwards? Students can progress onto higher education at University, Dance or Drama School.
Materials required: Black vest top / t-shirt, black loose fitting trousers and trainers with an instep.
Additional information about this course: Students will have the opportunity to undertake workshops with professional companies and go to see professional productions