Extended Diploma

Performing Arts

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The ICTheatre Extended Diploma in Performing Arts is a two-year course designed specifically for the training performer entering further education. This highly practical vocational program will develop performance skills, exploring and improving the techniques required for acting, dancing and singing in a contemporary professional environment.

In our first graduating class alone we saw 94% of our student cohort move on to study at higher education both at accredited drama and musical theatre schools, universities as well as our own ICTheatre degree. Of that graduating class, 65% attained Distinction or above with our upcoming graduating cohort currently predicted to attain 72% Distinction or above.

The last three years have seen the students take part in a hugely varied curriculum of study, filled to the brim with visiting professionals, masterclasses, panels and theatre trips. We have produced 2 full-scale book musicals, 3 full-length plays, 3 devised productions, a selection of cabarets and concerts, taken theatrical work out to schools and into the community as well as helping some of our students to gain work experience both on and off the stage and set with local film and theatre companies.

This year, we are particularly excited to announce that upcoming students can specialise their diploma down one of three highly specialised routes:

  • Musical Theatre (Triple Threat)
  • Acting & Theatre-Making
  • Dance Artistry & Performance

What will you gain?

Over the two years of practical and theoretical study, you will gain a fundamental understanding of the way the industry operates and will be guided by specialist tutors and prominent industry professionals to help steer you towards your future study or career goals.

Students on the ICTheatre Extended Diploma in Performing Arts will also receive a minimum of 18.5 contact hours training across a variety of disciplines specific to your route of study.

Course Specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Length of course: Two years

Awarding institution: RSL

Campus delivery: Brighton

Language of study: English

Final award: RSL Extended Diploma qualification, equivalent to three A-levels

Minimum Requirements

Three GCSEs at a minimum grade of C, including English Language. Pass or above in your RSL Level 3 Diploma and passing your audition receiving a recommendation for this level of course.

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

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

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, from classical Shakespearean approaches, through the ‘systems’ introduced by leading practitioners of the twentieth century to modern day film and TV techniques.

As with all arts disciplines you need to start with a core grounding in technique. In dance you will start with Ballet as a fundamental, but also cover Dance Tech, Street Dance, Commercial and Contemporary, all styles which are currently used across the whole of the musical theatre and performing arts 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 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.

It is important to remember that there’s much more to being successful in the arts industry than performing alone. In this lesson you will learn all about the entertainment industry and start to prepare yourself for a future within it.

In Performance Preparation you’ll look at all the aspects that go towards a great performance, focussing on rehearsal technique, both for solo and ensemble performance. With your tutors and fellow performers, you will dissect and rehearse parts prior to your performance. The professionalism and attention to detail that’s taught here should set the standard for all performances to follow.

This is where you get to put your hard work in Performance Preparation to the test, performing in front of an audience. Doing this on a regular basis will help you become a confident, well prepared, professional performer.

Extended Studies gives the opportunity to recap and expand on the information covered in the course. It’s also a great chance for us to bring celebrity guest speakers in to help further your education and ensure you’re prepared for a future in the performing arts industry.

Year 2

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

Following on from your first year, you will continue to build on those skills learnt but with specific focus on audition technique and musical theatre.

As with all arts disciplines you need to start with a core grounding in technique. In dance you will start with Ballet as a fundamental, but also cover Dance Tech, Street Dance, Commercial and Contemporary, all styles which are currently used across the whole of the musical theatre and performing arts 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 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.

It is important to remember that there’s much more to being successful in the arts industry than performing alone. In this lesson you will learn all about the entertainment industry and start to prepare yourself for a future within it.

In Performance Preparation you’ll look at all the aspects that go towards a great performance, focussing on rehearsal technique, both for solo and ensemble performance. With your tutors and fellow performers, you will dissect and rehearse parts prior to your performance. The professionalism and attention to detail that’s taught here should set the standard for all performances to follow.

This is where you get to put your hard work in Performance Preparation to the test, performing in front of an audience. Doing this on a regular basis will help you become a confident, well prepared, professional performer.

Extended Studies gives the opportunity to recap and expand on the information covered in the course. It’s also a great chance for us to bring celebrity guest speakers in to help further your education and ensure you’re prepared for a future in the performing arts industry.

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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