Musical Theatre BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts- Musical Theatre offers training in the three disciplines of acting, dance and singing. The course is vocational which means you will undertake the role of a performer throughout the two years. You will participate in public performances and become part of our theatre company Platform Productions. The company’s artistic policy is to provide theatre of the highest quality within the local community and beyond. Platform Productions embraces the talents of young people and provides a hub for learning, training and development. You will gain all the necessary skills and experiences within a working theatre.

Course Code: A4521 Minim…

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Summary:

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts- Musical Theatre offers training in the three disciplines of acting, dance and singing. The course is vocational which means you will undertake the role of a performer throughout the two years. You will participate in public performances and become part of our theatre company Platform Productions. The company’s artistic policy is to provide theatre of the highest quality within the local community and beyond. Platform Productions embraces the talents of young people and provides a hub for learning, training and development. You will gain all the necessary skills and experiences within a working theatre.

Course Code: A4521 Minimum Age: 16 Maximum Age: 18 Start Date: 02/09/2013 End Date: 03/07/2015 Course Length: Two years Entry Requirements:

You will normally need to have at least one of the following:

  • At least four GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English)
  • BTEC First Certificate or Diploma in a related subject
  • An Intermediate GNVQ in a related subject
  • Appropriate work experience.

You will also be expected to attend an audition/interview workshop day, where you will be required to participate in practical activities, perform a prepared audition piece and undertake a short interview. Dates and venue for the audition/ interview workshops will be given to you by the Admissions Team once you have made your application

Core Skills:

Musical Theatre Performer- Person Specification

Key Tasks:• learning lines, lyrics and choreography;
• researching or undertaking activities to help prepare for a part;
• preparing for performances by rehearsing and exercising;
• develop technique through practice of vocal and physical exercises
• application of melody, harmony, rhythm and voice production
• discussing and interpreting choreography;
• perform both solo and choral/group work
• build own repertoire
• taking care of the health and safety of yourself and others, which requires knowledge and observation of physiology and anatomy, as well as safe use of premises and equipment to avoid injury
• discussing interpretation and delivery with other members of the company and the director;
• performing for a live audience;
• performing in a theatre or 'on location';
• rehearse/polish performances in your own time
• managing the day to day running of the theatre, including front of house duties

Personal Specification
As a new member of the company, you will need the following skills and experiences;

• enthusiasm for the area of work
• some performance training/experience
• commitment to the work and flexibility in times of rehearsal and performance (you will be required to work evenings)
• ability to memorise lines, lyrics, choreography and melody
• ability to take direction, accept criticism, and work well under pressure
• focussed, self-disciplined and motivated
• excellent communication skills
• creative and imaginative
• ability to work well as part of a team
• organised
• able to reflect and evaluate own practice
• ability to manage own time effectively

Assessment:

Assessment is on-going throughout the course and requires you to complete projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. Assessment activites that you may undertake include participating in practical workshops, rehearsals, performances, coursework, research, keeping journals, writing essays, giving presentations, discussing and evaluating work.

Academic Progression:

If you decide to go to university or college you could take a Degree, Foundation Degree or study at a vocational dance or drama school. You could keep up musical theatre as your subject or specialise in one of the disciplines of dance, music, acting or production.

We have developed strong links with vocational schools who have delivered workshops with our performers and offered invaluable career advise. Previous schools have included Lamda, East 15, GSA, Mountview and Arts Ed.

Career Progression:

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas are valued by employers and higher education institutions (universities and vocational schools). If you want to get a job straight away you could work in Theatre Entertainment, Performance Support, Arts Administration, Workshop leadership and support.

To become a professional performer, a further three years training at university or vocational school is recommended.

Full Description:

This course is designed for those of you who wish to build upon the three disciplines of acting, singing and dance. Your first year will concentrate on the technical skills required for each discipline and your second year will fuse together the skills to create a variety of musical showcases and productions. The units you will study over the two years are-

The five core units:

  • Performance Workshop
  • The Performing Arts Business
  • Historical Context in Performance
  • Rehearsing for Performance (worth two modules)
  • Performing to an Audience

Musical Theatre Diploma compulsory specialist unit:

  • Musical Theatre Performance

Specialist Units:

  • Drama Improvisation
  • Principles of Acting
  • Contemporary Theatre
  • Auditions for Actors
  • Applying Acting Styles
  • Dance Performance
  • Movement in Performance
  • Ballet
  • Jazz Dance
  • Developing Movement Skills
  • Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers.

Generally the classes are practical and workshop based with an integration of theory. All projects will work towards a public performance.

You will spend approximately eighteen hours a week at College and at The Garage with your tutors in taught sessions and rehearsals. You will be expected to match this time with your own rehearsal, preparation and research each week. During production periods you will be expected to spend more time at the College in order to undertake and keep to rehearsal schedules. It is essential as a performing arts student that you see as much theatre as you can, therefore we arrange regular trips to the theatres across to see a variety of work produced. We also arrange a yearly residential trip and, in the past, we have visited London, Italy, Paris and New York.

Please contact the Advice Shop for details of costs and start dates.

Please note that although the information given is believed to be correct at the time of publication, course information, costs where applicable and attendance details may change.

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