Full time Performing Arts Course 2019
Why study Performing Arts?
Dreaming of a career on stage or in front of the camera? Performer at heart? Passionate about dance and/or drama? Our Performing Arts courses will introduce you to a variety of disciplines, commitment and work ethics; build on your self-confidence whilst creating and rehearsing content to perform to live audiences. 600+ hours of world class training each year - and FREE if you are 16-18.
Our performing Arts courses are aimed at young people who are interested in developing a career as a professional Actor/Musical Theatre performer. We are also looking for budding Directors, Choreographers and Producers who want the chance to get hands on with shows. Giving you the opportunity to develop your skills with experienced industry professionals, you will build on your knowledge of performance techniques with a view of showcasing your skills at live and recorded performances and work towards setting targets and achieving goals.
Our blended course will help to develop the skills required for Film, TV and Theatre Acting. You will explore techniques to improve confidence, group work and sharing of dynamic and creative ideas which will ultimately prepare you for auditions and the professional industry. Dance modules expose you to the dance of other cultures and discover the origins of street dance. Working with improvisational techniques, you will learn the art of choreography and the importance of movement within performance and showcasing to live audiences. In singing, you will learn vocal warm up and performance techniques, and work towards vocational grades (on top of your main qualification)as well as performances and recordings (in the on site recording studio).
Regular trips and workshops with industry leaders
Each term, you will watch a show in either a local, festival or West End theatre, and have the chance to meet the creative people involved - either for question and answer sessions, or full workshops. We also invite well known casting directors for hands-on workshops so you can network and gain feedback.
In addition to the main college week (timetabled core classes run Wednesday to Friday between 10am and 6pm), plus show rehearsal weeks, exams, trips and other activities.
Each evening from 5-6pm Wednesday to Friday - a dedicated senior tutor will be on hand to help with any homework, research for auditions, or whatever support you need academically and in your career. If you have missed class for paid professional performing work - your tutors will help you catch up in these sessions also.
If you are a funded full time learner (on our full time course, not including summer school or other part time/short courses) - you can opt to engage in further free enrichment training (up to an extra 10 hours a week term time) and perform and compete with evening and weekend company classes including Medusa Young Company, Medusa Pro, Elite Cheer and Phoenix Hip Hop at Artemis Studios.
Click here for a list of additional free classes and companies.
As well as your main course and enrichment - learners undertake work experience (the number of hours depends on your course level). This will be on and off stage, at real events. It can include paid work for promotional and performance work - and we have several creative partners who will provide you with opportunities (such as Omni Theatre, The Windsor Globe, South Hill Park). You will not be clearing up shows or running a bar like other local college work experience!
Click here to find out more about our work experience programme
We also have two agency options - so each performer gains valuable experience and cv credits practicing their art (paid!). To qualify for agency representation, students must attend 95% of their classes and rehearsals, and maintain good grades and tutor feedback. Agnecy offers will be made at the start of Lent term in January (subject to criteria being met!). www.artemisagency.co.uk
You will perform in a minimum of two shows each year - one in Winter and one in Summer in a mid-scale theatre. You will also have the chance to work on entries for theatre and dance festivals (such as National Theatre Connections)
Qualifications - What will I learn?
Level 3 Btec PerforminG Arts - BlendedPathway
Developing the skills required for Film, TV and Theatre, you will explore techniques to improve confident, group work and sharing of dynamic and creative ideas which will ultimately prepare you for auditions and the professional industry.
This is a blended course in acting, singing and dancing. In addition you will learn valuable business and producing skills which can be carried forward into adult life.
The Btec National Level 3 Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing Arts are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts.
They provide an opportunity for those who have an interest in the performing arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating, demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study in higher education or employment.
What you will learn: YEAR ONE
Singing Techniques (2 hours a week)
Community Theatre Practice
Developing Skills for Live Performance
Musical Theatre Technique
Collaborative performance project
Building a brand as a performer
This course is included in the UCAS tariff and attracts the following points for each final grade as shown below.
PASS-36 | MERIT- 60 | DISTINCTION-84
Throughout the year you will explore a range of contemporary scripts as well as devise material for performance. You will explore skills in vocal technique, physical theatre and developing an understanding of the style, structure and themes in contemporary scripts.
Vocational Grades; in addition to your main qualification, those who are able to cope with the additional workload and rehearsal will take a Gold or Silver Arts Award qualification, and up to 2 additional graded L.A.M.D.A or Trinity awards. - adding valuable additional UCAS points.
What you will learn: YEAR TWO
Developing performance and production skills
Developing the Voice for Performance
Physical Theatre Techniques
Movement for Performance
Acting for Screen
Final Major Project (large show in a theatre for the public)
Individual Performance Commission
Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts
UCAS applications and support applying to HE
Audition material for university, vocational higher training
Workshops with leading universities and vocational schools.
This course is included in the UCAS tariff and attracts the following points for each final grade as shown below.
PASS- 72 | MERIT- 120 | DISTINCTION-168
Throughout the second year you will be responsible for running both the performance and production elements of a major project based around a contemporary script. You will gain a deeper understanding of the critical and contextual perspectives and approaches within performing arts.
Vocational Grades; in addition to your main qualification, those who are able to cope with the additional workload and rehearsal will take to 2 additional graded L.A.M.D.A or Trinity awards. - adding valuable additional UCAS points to their end of year awards.
The first step is to click HERE to fill in a short application form. Then start preparing to meet us and get your career off to a flying start!
Application Workshop/Open Events with Interview
Open Events are free, but you need to pre-book a place. Dates announced in September 2019
June TBC - subject to space
July TBC - subject to space
August - Full Time Summer School - final recalls and waiting list places.
The workshop covers tasters in acting, musical theatre (vocal and movement) and is a chance to speak to a course manager. You must attend a workshop and interview to apply.
The first requirement is for all applicants to book and attend a workshop assessment afternoon. This will involve preparing materials to share with us, and also taking part in acting and musical theatre workshops. There is then a Q&A session with parents, and finally one to one interviews with tutors.
If you live outside the UK, but are an EU applicant aged 16-18, you can request a video audition with an online interview.
If we feel you can cope academically and in performances at L3, and will be happy socially and emotionally with an intense course, we may offer you a 'Conditional Place'. We will then outline the conditions, these are usually that you gain a C/4 or higher in 5 GCSE's (including Maths and English) as a minimum.
If we felt at the workshop that you didn't show us what you could do (maybe you were ill that day, or we felt you chose the wrong pieces to show us), we may ask you back for a recall audition, at least one month later (to give you time to re-prepare material based on feedback). You will then audition again.
If you struggled to keep up in the workshops or have indicated you wont meet the GCSE minimums or we feel you wont cope with the demands and standards of the course, we will suggest you try again next year. Some candidates take our free summer school after this outcome to try to build skills and get used to how we work, and then re-apply. In a very small number of cases - we may offer a smaller L3 qualification.
If we are oversubscribed, we may offer you a place on the waiting list. We we will only take 40 full time students in 2019/2020. This is 20 in each year group.
A smaller L3 qualification may be offered (full time). This would usually be for someone who was performing at a Level 3 minimum standard, but maybe needs extra time for GCSE re-sits, or someone who has to miss college time for professional work etc.
Course minimum entry requirements:
Academic: Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade A-C (4 or above) including Maths and English (or equivalent). Aged 16-18 on 31st August in the current academic year (2019/20). There is a considerable amount of written work as well as physical and performing classes. Assistance from tutors is available with written work - but some home study is also expected.
Performing ability: You will need to be strong in at least acting and either singing or dancing, with potential to improve in all areas. We work at a tough pace, and as a blended course (covering all three disciplines), your overall grade will take into account all areas.
Course duration and start date: The next course will begin in September 2020 and lasts for one or two years depending on your first year.
What qualification(s) will I receive?
Btec Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts (1 year)*
Btec Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (2 years)*
Graded L.A.M.D.A or Trinity solo or duo Acting certificates*
Graded RSL Trinity Musical Theatre Certificates*
Silver/Gold Arts Awards
* We may offer a smaller level three qualification to some students if we feel they will not cope with the academic side of the full level three to begin with.
Learners without a pass in GCSE English and/or Maths will need complete a GCSE re-sit alongside their course, subject to all other criteria being met, and a successful audition workshop. This will only be offered by Artemis College if four or more learners require re-sits, and have demonstrated exceptional talent in other areas.
Those of you who wish to continue your learning in an education environment, have the option to progress into Higher Education either at a University or studying for a HNC/HND program. Artemis gradutes have gone on to many of the best drama, dance and musical theatre university courses, including Royal Central, GSA, Rose Bruford, Millenium, Laines, Birds, Urdang and Russell Group universities.
How will i be taught and assessed?
All of our courses are vocational which means they are designed to compliment learners with a visual and kinaesthetic learning style.
As a result, you will be assessed via a range of both practical and written assignments.
Will I have support?
At Artemis, we pride ourselves on offering support to all of our young people throughout their programme.
We have a number of learners who have a range of support needs from specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia), or autistic spectrum disorders to mental health conditions, amongst others. If you have a physical challenge - don't be put off applying - wherever possible - we can adapt the physical elements of the course to be inclusive. You must be able to keep up in class however. Unlike other sixth forms, this is a vocational course - for experienced and ambitious performers.
If you currently have a valid Education and Health Care Plan or a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA), you will be entitled to government funded support from your local authority to ensure we help you achieve the best from your learning.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of learning support, please do not hesitate to contact our office and staff will be pleased to help you.
What happens after I apply?
Once you have submitted your application online, you need to book an open day workshop and interview.
For starting in Sept '20, auditions begin in late Sept and continue monthly until July.
Our interview and workshop events happen on a monthly basis so you will never wait long for an appointment.
Your interview is an opportunity for you to showcase and discuss your creative skill set with our industry professional tutors. We actively encourage applicants to attend their interviews with a portfolio of work (if you have it) - such as video or pictures of past performances.
Once (if) you have an offer, you have up to 14 days to accept your place (unless you have asked us to wait for a reason). We have a maximum of 20 spaces in the 2020 each year group, and these will be allocated in the order in which they are applied for. As well as your academic record, in the workshops we will be looking at your ability to take direction, your ability as a creative person (we do not expect you to be strong in all areas, but you must show promise in one or more to enjoy the course). We will also take into account your attendance at your current or previous school - we expect our learners to attend a minimum of 95% of classes and rehearsals.
If you are still auditioning for other colleges, and or are on a waiting list for another choice, we will only be able to offer you a waiting list space on our course. This is because with such small class groups, we need to know that those who have accepted want their place. If you are not 100% certain, you could be taking the place of someone who will miss out if you don't then attend. Anyone on the waiting list will be contacted in July, subject to there still being space on our course, and you will have first refusal on accepting (the list is in order of audition).