RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative & Performing Arts

Level 3 Extended Diploma in 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 with a view to facilitate a clean transition to higher education.

This highly practical vocational program will develop performance skills, exploring and improving the techniques required for a career in the contemporary professional environment.

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

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

Musical Theatre – Triple Threat

Musical Theatre – Triple Threat focuses the student trajectory firmly towards the current industry requirements for musical theatre with technical classes in Vocal Technique, Acting Technique, Ballet, Jazz and Tap. These technique classes feed into three practice classes consisting of Company Dance, Scene Study and Ensemble Vocals which in turn culminate in a weekly Rehearsal Class to create concerts, cabarets, musical theatre scene studies as well as book musicals and new musical theatre works.

Acting & Theatre Making

Acting & Theatre Making places the student study emphasis on actor training as well as the development of new theatrical works through devising. Technical classes consist of Voice, Movement and Acting Technique. These technique classes feed into two practice classes consisting of Scene Study and Devising which in turn culminate in a weekly Rehearsal Class to generate scene studies, fully realised plays and new devised theatre works.

Dance Artistry & Performance

Dance Artistry & Performance provides the student with a firmly technical grounding in a variety of dance styles to progress into a variety of dance fields. Technical classes consist of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Commercial as well as a style class called Narrative, all of which culminate in a weekly Rehearsal Class to generate choreographic work.

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)

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

Minimum Requirements

4 GCSEs inc. English and Maths, or 3 GCSEs inc. English or Maths on the condition that the other is retaken during the duration of the course.

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.

In Context classes, students hone their critical and analytical skills through the process of watching, discussing, and reviewing works from the musical theatre canon. Case studying the works in a chronological order, students will engage in digital, written, group discussion and presentation tasks to gain an understanding of how historical, social, and political contexts have influenced and inspired the creation, writing, production, and performance of musical theatre from its inception to the present day.

Rehearsal Class brings the technical and performance skills together from all other classes across the weekly timetable, placing the student in an environment that replicates the professional rehearsal room. On a termly basis, students will develop, rehearse, and perform in a series of projects from concerts to cabarets and eventually, fully realised musical theatre works.

Extended Studies classes are weekly check points for students from all disciplines. The lessons include crucial learning in “British Values” to prepare learners for life in modern Britain by developing their understanding of ‘fundamental British values’. This includes democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faiths.

Students will also explore topics relating to LGBTQIA2S+ individuals and the Black Lives Matter movement. Students will also look at how they can develop their careers as performers after leaving college.

Students will also look at the importance of Mental Resilience as a performer. This will introduce students to the growth mindset, encouraging a nurturing a healthy attitude to self and others as well as developing a manageable and stress-free approach to personal development, time management, workload, assessment and performance pressures and professional practice in class and in rehearsal.

Acting Tech provides students with the essential technical building blocks required to create a believable performance on stage. Initially, students will explore given circumstances, worldview, units, objectives, and tactics and how these may be further informed in performance by subtext and the imagination of the performer. Over the course of the year, these skills will be applied more broadly, introducing the student to the application of these techniques in improvisation tasks, script work as well as how acting technique can inform the performance of song and dance.

Drawing on the chronological approach to the study of musical theatre works in Context, as well as the technical skills learnt in Acting Tech and Vocal Tech, Scene Study classes allows the performer to practically apply what they have learnt to the rehearsal and performance of material from a variety of different musical theatre genres, styles, and periods. Over the course of the year, students connect the dots between research, technique, rehearsal, and performance by case studying different characters and musical excerpts in a setting that encourages independent research, preparation, personal interpretation, and technical integration in a performance environment.

Operating in a choral format, Vocal Ensemble classes introduce the Musical Theatre – Triple Threat student to the foundations of music theory and score reading required within the professional rehearsal room. Students will learn to correctly identify the key aspects of a musical score and follow a harmony line, as well as practically learning to correctly pitch, blend and follow dynamics within an ensemble vocal setting. Content for Vocal Ensemble classes will follow the chronological trajectory set out in Context classes, merging in Rehearsal Class with choreography from the Company class to create fully realized song-and-dance numbers.

Company Dance class provides the opportunity for Musical Theatre – Triple Threat students to practically apply their technical dance training from Ballet, Jazz and Tap to the musical staging and choreography of numbers from the musical theatre canon. Like Scene Study and Ensemble Vocals, the content of this class will broadly follow the chronological progression of the Context Classes, allowing students to explore how dance and choreography have evolved alongside the development of musical theatre as a medium. Eventually, the work created in Company Dance will merge in Rehearsal Class with vocals from the Ensemble vocals class to create fully realized song-and-dance numbers.

In Vocal Technique classes, Musical Theatre – Triple Threat students will gain a safe and thorough understanding of their voice. Through a rigorous and technical approach to vocal anatomy, students will develop and extend their abilities as vocalists, cementing technique to produce versatile and confident singers. Vocal health, vocal development, warming up, identification of problematic habits, 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 will all be covered over the course of the year, forming a firm grounding for students to take into their Ensemble Vocals, Scene Study and Rehearsal Classes.

All Musical Theatre – Triple Threat students will engage in weekly technical dance training in the three core disciplines required to be successful within the musical theatre industry – Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Company Dance and Rehearsal Classes

All Musical Theatre – Triple Threat students will engage in weekly technical dance training in the three core disciplines required to be successful within the musical theatre industry – Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Company Dance and Rehearsal Classes

All Musical Theatre – Triple Threat students will engage in weekly technical dance training in the three core disciplines required to be successful within the musical theatre industry – Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Company Dance and Rehearsal Classes

Movement classes are there to hone and train the expressive capacity and range of the Acting & Theatre Making students’ bodies. Students will gain an understanding of how they can effectively warm up, train and develop their physical expression so that they can create fully embodied performances on the stage. Particular attention will be placed on body and breath, posture, alignment, safe working practice as well as collaborative physical improvisation and an introduction to physical theatre performance, mime, puppetry, and mask work.

Voice classes are there to hone and train the expressive capacity and range of the Acting & Theatre Making students’ voices. Students will gain an insight into how the voice is produced anatomically, how to effectively warm up and then use the voice, eventually developing a range of methods to place and support vocal production in performance in an industry that demands constant use daily. Students will also have sessions on singing, an increasingly vital skill that whilst not at the forefront of our voice training, is a requirement not only for drama school auditions but for actors in the industry today.

In their Devising class, Acting & Theatre Making students will take on the role of co-creators, devisers, and collaborators, developing 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. These skills will draw on their various other technical classes, feeding into their abilities to work together in Rehearsal Class.

All Dance Artistry & Performance students will engage in weekly technical dance training in five core disciplines required to be successful within the dance industry. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Narrative Dance and Rehearsal Classes

All Dance Artistry & Performance students will engage in weekly technical dance training in five core disciplines required to be successful within the dance industry. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Narrative Dance and Rehearsal Classes

All Dance Artistry & Performance students will engage in weekly technical dance training in five core disciplines required to be successful within the dance industry. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Narrative Dance and Rehearsal Classes

All Dance Artistry & Performance students will engage in weekly technical dance training in five core disciplines required to be successful within the dance industry. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Narrative Dance and Rehearsal Classes

All Dance Artistry & Performance students will engage in weekly technical dance training in five core disciplines required to be successful within the dance industry. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Narrative Dance and Rehearsal Classes

Narrative classes are a testament to the creative input of the dance faculty at ICTheatre who, over the last five years of our delivery, identified the deep and integral need for dancers to engage with plot, character and storytelling in the same way that actors might. In Narrative, Dance Artistry & Performance students will engage in exercises to increase expressive ability, emotional connection in performance as well as methods to implement character and story into work that already exists as well as their own choreographic work.

Year 2

Class names and structure may be subject to change.

In Context classes, students continue to hone their critical and analytical skills through the process of watching, discussing, and reviewing works from the musical theatre canon. Case studying the works in a chronological order from the point they left in Year 1, students will engage in digital, written, group discussion and presentation tasks to gain an understanding of how historical, social, and political contexts have influenced and inspired the creation, writing, production, and performance of musical theatre from its inception to the present day.

Extended Studies classes are weekly check points for students from all disciplines. The lessons include crucial learning in “British Values” to prepare learners for life in modern Britain by developing their understanding of ‘fundamental British values’. This includes democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faiths.

Students will also explore topics relating to LGBTQIA2S+ individuals and the Black Lives Matter movement. Students will also look at how they can develop their careers as performers after leaving college.

Students will also look at the importance of Mental Resilience as a performer. This will introduce students to the growth mindset, encouraging a nurturing a healthy attitude to self and others as well as developing a manageable and stress-free approach to personal development, time management, workload, assessment and performance pressures and professional practice in class and in rehearsal.

As in Year 1, Rehearsal Class brings the technical and performance skills together from all other classes across the weekly timetable, placing the student in an environment that replicates the professional rehearsal room. On a termly basis, students will develop, rehearse and perform in a series of projects from concerts to cabarets and eventually, fully realised musical theatre works.

Drawing on the chronological approach to the study of musical theatre works in Context, as well as the technical skills learnt in Acting Tech and Vocal Tech during Year 1, Acting & Audition Preparation classes allow the Musical Theatre – Triple Threat performer to practically apply what they have learnt to the rehearsal and performance of material from a variety of different musical theatre genres, styles, and periods as well as to test out and prepare material for the audition room. Over the course of the year, students connect the dots between research, technique, rehearsal, and performance by case studying different characters and musical excerpts in a setting that encourages independent research, preparation, personal interpretation, and technical integration as well as material selection and audition room and interview manner.

In Vocal Repertoire classes, Musical Theatre – Triple Threat students will continue to apply the techniques learnt in their Year 1 Vocal Technique classes as well as learning the ways to effectively select and rehearse specific musical theatre numbers that are suitable for their casting and voice type. Directly linked to their Acting and Audition Preparation class, this time will be used to fine tune the technical elements of their performance whilst the other will strengthen their choices as actors-through-song.

Continuing to operate in a choral format, Vocal Ensemble classes will further embed music theory and score reading skills required within the professional rehearsal room. Content for Vocal Ensemble classes will follow the chronological trajectory set out in Context classes, merging in Rehearsal Class with choreography from the Company class to create fully realized song-and-dance numbers.

All Musical Theatre – Triple Threat students will continue their engagement in weekly technical dance training in the three core disciplines required to be successful within the musical theatre industry – Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Company Dance and Rehearsal Classes

All Musical Theatre – Triple Threat students will continue their engagement in weekly technical dance training in the three core disciplines required to be successful within the musical theatre industry – Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Company Dance and Rehearsal Classes

All Musical Theatre – Triple Threat students will continue their engagement in weekly technical dance training in the three core disciplines required to be successful within the musical theatre industry – Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Company Dance and Rehearsal Classes

Acting Tech provides Acting & Theatre Making students further exposure to technical building blocks and methodologies required to create a believable performance on stage. Initially, students will explore given circumstances, worldview, units, objectives and tactics and how these may be further informed in performance by subtext and the imagination of the performer. Over the course of the year, these skills will be applied more broadly, introducing the student to the application of these techniques in improvisation tasks and script work.

Drawing on the thematic content of theatre works in Context, as well as the technical skills learnt in Acting Tech and Voice during Year 1 and 2, Scene Study classes allow the Acting & Theatre Making performer to practically apply what they have learnt to the rehearsal and performance of material from a variety of different theatre genres, styles, and periods as well as to test out and prepare material for the audition room. Over the course of the year, students connect the dots between research, technique, rehearsal, and performance by case studying different characters and musical excerpts in a setting that encourages independent research, preparation, personal interpretation, and technical integration as well as material selection and audition room and interview manner.

Movement classes continue to hone and train the expressive capacity and range of the Acting & Theatre Making students’ bodies. Students will continue to effectively warm up, train and develop their physical expression so that they can create fully embodied performances on the stage. Particular attention will be placed on body and breath, posture, alignment, safe working practice as well as collaborative physical improvisation and an introduction to physical theatre performance, mime, puppetry, and mask work.

Voice classes are there to hone and train the expressive capacity and range of the Acting & Theatre Making students’ voices. Students will continue to effectively warm up and then use the voice, applying a range of methods to place and support vocal production in performance in an industry that demands constant use daily. Students will also have continued sessions on singing, an increasingly vital skill that whilst not at the forefront of our voice training, is a requirement not only for drama school auditions but for actors in the industry today.

In their Devising class, Acting & Theatre Making students will continue to take on the role of co-creators, devisers, and collaborators, developing 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. These skills will draw on their various other technical classes, feeding into their abilities to work together in Rehearsal Class.

All Dance Artistry & Performance students will continue to engage in weekly technical dance training in five core disciplines required to be successful within the dance industry. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Narrative Dance and Rehearsal Classes

All Dance Artistry & Performance students will continue to engage in weekly technical dance training in five core disciplines required to be successful within the dance industry. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Narrative Dance and Rehearsal Classes

All Dance Artistry & Performance students will continue to engage in weekly technical dance training in five core disciplines required to be successful within the dance industry. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Narrative Dance and Rehearsal Classes

All Dance Artistry & Performance students will continue to engage in weekly technical dance training in five core disciplines required to be successful within the dance industry. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Narrative Dance and Rehearsal Classes

All Dance Artistry & Performance students will continue to engage in weekly technical dance training in five core disciplines required to be successful within the dance industry. All students will be streamed by ability in order that students are able to grow and progress in each discipline at their own speed with fellow learners at the right pace. Technical checkpoints will take place each term, not to assess which students are better than others, but to observe progress and to put plans in place to ensure students are reaching their full potential. Technique classes in dance form the building blocks for the more diverse and varied styles that may be encountered in Narrative Dance and Rehearsal Classes

Building on their work in Year 1 in Narrative, Dance Artistry & Performance students will engage in an increasing continuation of their expressive ability, emotional connection in performance as well as methods to implement character and story focusing on their implementation of these methods into their own choreographic work.

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