The teachers in the Performing and Production Arts Department have a wealth of experience in preparing you for further study in Higher Education or drama school, leading onto a career in the entertainment industry. The department has an outstanding reputation throughout the country, attracting students from Greater Manchester and beyond.
You will be trained in the key components of performing arts, through practical classes and further study of acting, performing scripted plays and devising theatre. You will also cover a range of other topics such as:
• Screen acting
• Physical theatre techniques
• Interpreting classical text for performance
• Employment opportunities in the performing arts industry
• Performing with masks
The course is project-based, which means that you will have the opportunity to be involved in the rehearsal and production of whole plays, some of which will be performed to a public audience. You will also learn employability skills.
You can take part in a huge variety of productions that the department produces throughout the year. Other opportunities could include:
• Theatre trips
• Training for university and drama school auditions
• Working with media department on filmed projects
• Workshops with industry professionals
• Stage combat workshops
Many of our students go on to study at prestigious drama schools or university. Other students use their communication skills and the confidence they have gained to go directly into employment or an apprenticeship.
You will study 13 units over the two years and are continually assessed and moderated. The course is predominantly practical but you will be expected to present evidence of your coursework that may be in the form of a log book, video or sound recording. Some unit tasks are externally set and assessed.