Whether you merely have a passion for the Performing Arts in general, keen to experience working ‘behind the scenes’ or want to support your on stage skills with a broader range of knowledge, this is the perfect course. This course requires students to work as part of a team and as individuals. The nature of the continual assessment through practical and written assignments requires students to be highly organised. This style of learning will suit those who prefer coursework rather than examinations.
The Cambridge Technical courses are designed to be as practical and work based as possible which means you will often find yourself planning, organising, preparing for and running college productions and events. An ability to work consistently and to deadlines is essential. Excellent facilities in a purpose built studio are available to students on this course.
Part of the practical assessments for this course are completed whilst working on the college production. This requires attendance to some rehearsals and the performances. Should students also wish to perform in the production this can often be accommodated.
This course is designed to be as practical and work based as possible, which means you will often find yourself planning, organising, preparing for and running college productions and events. An ability to work consistently and to deadlines is essential and at times learning will take place outside of the college and timetable. Excellent facilities in a purpose built studio are available to students on this course. If you are highly organised, a good team member and prefer continual assessment rather than examinations then this will suit your style of learning. Whether you merely have a passion for the Performing Arts in general, are keen to experience first hand experience of working ‘behind the scenes’, or want to support your on stage skills with a broader range of knowledge making you more employable in the future, this is the perfect course.
The majority of the course content is delivered through practical work on theatre projects. This work will cover stage management, stage lighting, theatre design and theatrical management. Students will work on the college production and take a lead role in the organising and structuring of the performance.
Unit 18: Production and Stage Management Process
Students will take on one of the above roles in a production and follow it through from the initial production meetings to the final realisation of the project.
Unit 1: Prepare to work in the Performing Arts Sector
This allows students to understand the many role and progression routes within the sector. It is designed to prepare students for work within this sector.
Unit 2: Proposal for a Commissioning Brief
This prepares students for work within performing arts and teaches how to put together a bid for a project and all the planning for a performance project.
Unit 3: Influential Performance Practice
Students will study the influence that different practitioners have had on their chosen area of performing arts and apply their knowledge to a statement about theatre.
Unit 4: Combined Arts
Unit 19: Stage lighting design and operation
Unit 22: Set design and realisation Or:
Unit 21: Character design and realisation
At least 6 grade 5s (or equivalent), including at least a grade 5 in English Language or Literature.
It is beneficial but not essential to have gained a merit or above in BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Performing Arts Production or to have gained a 5 or above in your design option subject.
This course is particularly suitable if you are interested in studying Stage and or Performance Management, Performing Arts or Theatrical Design at University or are hoping to pursue a career in the field, such as
• Technical theatre and management
• Stage Lighting, sound, set design, costume etc.
• Stage performance
• Theatrical Journalism/Criticism