Performing Arts Extended Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course is practical in nature and suitable for students considering pathways into the performing arts industry or higher education performance arts training.

The Extended Diploma in Performing Arts provides skills within all aspects of the three disciplines of dance, acting and singing. The course also provides opportunities to develop skills in creativity and performance, audition preparation and professional training in each discipline. Sessions are delivered in the College’s McMillan Theatre, with students regularly accessing workshops and performances by professionals. Our successful final course performances have seen students performing to packed houses of 300 people or more each night.

All students study a combination of dance, drama and singing units to give a broad introduction to the many aspects within performing arts. These include:

  • Performing arts in context
  • Musical theatre
  • Drama improvisation
  • Acting
  • Choreography skills
  • Voice and speech
  • Jazz dance

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through coursework based on assignments set in each unit. Assignments involve performance projects, individual research and group work. On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an overall Distinction, Merit or Pass grade.

Progression Options

The College’s performing arts students regularly progress to some of the best known London schools for performing arts. Students are also accepted on a range of other courses, or employed in the entertainment or leisure industries. Previous students have been employed by organisations within the performance arts industry or gone onto teaching qualifications.

Course Summary

Course Title Performing Arts Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range or a Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade.
Dance, drama, music or expressive arts subjects would be an advantage, as well
as performance experience in or out of school. Entry is also subject to a
successful interview and audition.

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I really enjoy studying at Bridgwater & Taunton College. All of my lessons have a friendly atmosphere and my tutors push me to be the best I can be. Studying here has allowed me to gain the qualifications I need to go on to degree level.

Myles Fisher

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