RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative & Performing Arts

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

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A 2-year full-time diploma available at:


This highly practical two-year course is perfect for any training performer looking for solid foundational skills and technique to transition into higher education.

In our first graduating class alone, we saw 94% of our student cohort move on to study at higher education in accredited drama and musical theatre schools, universities and our own industry-led ICTheatre degree.

Throughout the course, you will have plenty of opportunities to follow your passion and develop your performance skills. You’ll also explore and improve on the techniques required for success in the creative industries. You’ll then direct your study focus into one of three pathways:

  • Musical Theatre – Triple Threat
  • Acting & Theatre Making
  • Dance Artistry & Performance

With each pathway, you’ll receive a minimum of 18.5 contact hours, training across various disciplines specific to your route of study. You’ll also have a range of optional modules to choose from. These allow you to home in on the career-specific skills and techniques that interest you most.

As a performing arts student, you’ll have the chance to expand your creative and networking skills with an array of unrivalled opportunities. These include classes with visiting industry professionals, exclusive Masterclasses and panels, theatre trips and the chance to get involved in our full-scale productions (such as plays, cabarets and concerts). We also help our students gain work experience both on and off the stage and set with esteemed local film and theatre companies.

So, what are you waiting for? To start your future as a successful performing arts practitioner, join the movement!. Join ICTheatre.

Musical Theatre – Triple Threat

With this pathway, you’ll learn all the technical skills needed to succeed in musical theatre today.

These include Vocal Technique, Acting Technique, Ballet, Jazz and Tap. These technique classes flow into three practice classes: Company Dance, Scene Study, and Ensemble Vocals.

Each week, you’ll have a Rehearsal Class to collaborate creatively with fellow theatre performers and flex your skills from all your classes. During these weekly classes, you’ll create concerts, cabarets, musical theatre scene studies, book musicals and new musical theatre works.

Acting & Theatre Making

During this pathway, you’ll focus on actor training and the development of new theatrical works through devising.

You’ll build your technique through Voice, Movement, and Acting Technique classes. You’ll then put what you’ve learnt into practice via two practical classes: Scene Study and Devising.

These classes lead to an exciting weekly Rehearsal Class where you’ll collaborate with fellow students and demonstrate your skills via scene studies, fully realised plays and newly devised theatre works.

Dance Artistry & Performance

By selecting this pathway, you’ll build a firmly technical grounding in a variety of dance styles to move into your dream field of dance.

You’ll have technical classes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Street/Hip-Hop. You’ll then have the chance to bring these skills together via weekly Rehearsal Class, where you’ll create and perform electrifying dance numbers.

Course Specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Length of course: Two years

Awarding institution: RSL

Funding partner: New College Swindon

Campus delivery: Brighton

Language of study: English

Final award: RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative & Performing Arts (Performing & Creating)

Minimum Requirements

Three GCSEs at a minimum grade of C, including English Language and Maths.

You may be able to retake GCSE English and Maths exams alongside your training on the Extended Diploma, at the discretion of the admissions team.

We’ll also expect you to attend a workshop audition for assessment. This will be an opportunity for you to showcase yourself and if successful we will offer you a place or you may be recalled for a second audition.

Course Fees

Free to UK & EU students age 18 or under
(subject to academic requirements)

Year 1

Class names and structure may be subject to change.

Our context class gives the opportunity to recap and expand on the information covered in the course. It’s an opportunity to discuss wider contextual content and develop critical analytical skills.

Class 1 – Mind

The ICTheatre ethos trains you to be mentally and physically resilient in an increasingly competitive and saturated industry. Mindfulness is an essential class for every student on a weekly basis, nurturing a healthy attitude to self and others and developing a manageable and stress-free approach to workload and professional practice.

Class 2 – Body

In this session, you cover safe dance practice covering subjects such as nutrition, injury prevention and anatomy.

Rehearsal Class brings together skills from all of your classes to create partially and fully realised theatre works, from dance numbers to plays to fully-fledged musicals.

Good technique is essential if you wish to push your discipline to the next level.  In the first year of Acting Technique classes, you will cover various essentials for the actor’s toolkit, through the ‘systems’ introduced by leading practitioners of the twentieth century as well as fundamental approaches to voice work, diction and text analysis.

Vocal technique is where you start understanding your voice and how to use it safely, developing and extending your ability in not only your own but other genres, making you a more versatile and confident singer. In vocal technique classes, you will cover solo and group singing in various styles, including Musical Theatre, Pop and Jazz.

Being able to operate as part of a dance ensemble is a central aspect of musical theatre performance. Technical dance classes will feed into this class, allowing students to apply technique to case study choreographic performances from selected MT works.

Vocal technique is where you start understanding your voice and how to use it safely, developing and extending your ability in not only your own but other genres, making you a more versatile and confident singer. Class content includes the process of safely using the voice as an individual, appropriate repertoire based on voice type, placement and production of the singing voice as a safe practice in an industry that demands constant use daily

Ballet forms the foundations for nearly all dance styles, this class is there to introduce and deepen the learners depending on ability the core techniques and expand repertoire for the, particularly advanced students.

Our Jazz classes cover the fundamentals of jazz technique as well as the numerous different styles such as MT, Commercial and Latin to name a few. The class also includes strengthening, body conditioning,  circuit training as well as a variety of endurance fitness exercises, This class continues ICTheatres commitment to preparing students towards an intrinsically rigorous industry.

Tap will introduce the students to the fundaments of tap dance as a style.

To complement their Text classes, students will engage with practical acting classes rooted in the work of Sanford Meisner. Meisner technique enables the actor to “get out of their head”, such that the actor is behaving instinctively to the surrounding environment.

This class is aimed at building students’ confidence in handling text. They will expand their knowledge of published play texts, apply contextual theory, engage in text analysis in order to make character choices and explore varying styles and genres of published performance work

Stamina and endurance are essential attributes for actors, dancers and vocalists. Focusing on breathing, cardio, circuit training as well as a variety of endurance fitness exercises, Body continues ICtheatres commitment to preparing students for an intrinsically rigorous industry.

Vocal technique is where you start understanding your voice and how to use it safely, developing and extending your ability in not only your own but other genres, making you more versatile and confident. Class content includes the process of safely using the voice as an individual, placement and production of the actor’s voice as a safe practice in an industry that demands constant use daily.

In their devising class, students will take on the role of actor-creator and develop the tools to create theatrical material, both individually and collaboratively from a range of starting points and stimuli. Using improvisation, physical theatre, Commedia, mime and clown work, text generation, and puppetry they will develop new stories from the seed of an idea to fully formed, theatrical realisation.

Fundamentals and technique of a core dance discipline.

Fundamentals and technique of a core dance discipline.

Fundamentals and technique of a core dance discipline.

Street/Hip Hop dance training at ICTheatre incorporates fundamental technical practice into an ensemble and company environment. Through a combination of foundational technique in commercial dance styles, you have a firm understanding of the industry’s current and most popular style.

Depending on your dance pathway, this class is aimed to help you engage character development how to confidently implement it into your performance, classes such as physical theatre, choreography, spoken word and music development are part of this session.

Contemporary is a style widely taught in secondary education; this class builds on the development of the style through technical grounding and further development of the key principals. This session also starts to support the foundations of lyrical dance a style that combines contemporary, jazz and Ballet fundamentals.

Year 2

Class names and structure may be subject to change.

Our context class gives the opportunity to recap and expand on the information covered in the course. It’s an opportunity to discuss wider contextual content and develop critical analytical skills.

Class 1 – Mind

The ICTheatre ethos trains you to be mentally and physically resilient in an increasingly competitive and saturated industry. Mindfulness is an essential class for every student on a weekly basis, nurturing a healthy attitude to self and others and developing a manageable and stress-free approach to workload and professional practice.

Class 2 – Body

In this session, you cover safe dance practice covering subjects such as nutrition, injury prevention and anatomy.

Project Class brings together skills from all of your classes to create partially and fully realised theatre works, from dance numbers to plays to fully-fledged musicals.

This class is aimed at building students confidence in handling text. They will expand their knowledge of play text, how to contextualise, take direction and learn the key fundamentals of the audition process.

In year 2 Vocal technique will continue to expand on how you use your voice, how to continue using it safely, developing and extending your ability in not only your own but other genres. It will make you a more versatile and confident singer. Further to vocal techniques. The sessions will also include the development of personal repertoire and how to apply the techniques for a successful vocal performance and audition

This class will continue to operate in a choral format, covering the correct pitching, following and reading of harmony lines, blending, ensemble vocal dynamics in a variety of genres from opera to contemporary pop music and musical theatre.

Ballet forms the foundations for nearly all dance styles, this class is there to introduce and deepen the learners depending on ability the core techniques and expand repertoire for the, particularly advanced students.

Our Jazz classes cover the fundamentals of jazz technique as well as the numerous different styles such as MT, Commercial and Latin to name a few. The class also includes strengthening, body conditioning,  circuit training as well as a variety of endurance fitness exercises, This class continues ICTheatres commitment to preparing students towards an intrinsically rigorous industry.

Tap will introduce the students to the fundaments of tap dance as a style.

To complement their Text classes, students will engage with practical acting classes rooted in the work of Sanford Meisner. Meisner technique enables the actor to “get out of their head”, such that the actor is behaving instinctively to the surrounding environment.

This class is aimed at building students’ confidence in handling text. They will expand their knowledge of published play texts, apply contextual theory, engage in text analysis in order to make character choices and explore varying styles and genres of published performance work

Stamina and endurance are essential attributes for actors, dancers and vocalists. Focusing on breathing, cardio, circuit training as well as a variety of endurance fitness exercises, Body continues ICtheatre’s commitment to preparing students for an intrinsically rigorous industry.

Vocal technique is where you start understanding your voice and how to use it safely, developing and extending your ability in not only your own but other genres, making you more versatile and confident. Class content includes the process of safely using the voice as an individual, placement and production of the actor’s voice as a safe practice in an industry that demands constant use daily.

In their devising class, students will take on the role of actor-creator and develop the tools to create theatrical material, both individually and collaboratively from a range of starting points and stimuli. Using improvisation, physical theatre, Commedia, mime and clown work, text generation, and puppetry they will develop new stories from the seed of an idea to fully formed, theatrical realisation.

Ballet forms the foundations for nearly all dance styles, this class is there to introduce and deepen the learners depending on ability the core techniques and expand repertoire for the, particularly advanced students.

Our Jazz classes cover the fundamentals of jazz technique as well as the numerous different styles such as MT, Commercial and Latin to name a few. The class also includes strengthening, body conditioning,  circuit training as well as a variety of endurance fitness exercises, This class continues ICTheatres commitment to preparing students towards an intrinsically rigorous industry.

Tap will introduce the students to the fundaments of tap dance as a style.

Commercial dance training at ICTheatre incorporates fundamental technical practice into an ensemble and company environment. Through a combination of foundational technique in commercial dance styles, you have a firm understanding of the industry’s current and most popular style.

Building from Narrative class in Year 1, students will engage in cross-disciplinary work to develop and produce choreographic sequences in a workshop environment, building upon these through collaboration with their peers and responding to briefs to place their work in a real-world context.

Contemporary is a style widely taught in secondary education; this class builds on the development of the style through technical grounding and further development of the key principals. This session also starts to support the foundations of lyrical dance a style that combines contemporary, jazz and Ballet fundamentals.

Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to ICTheatre, please contact our Admissions Team on 01273 603 333 or email admissions@ictheatre.ac.uk.

 

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