Performing Arts A Level
Subject: Performing Arts
Level: AS and A LEVEL
Exam Board: Edexcel
Location: Bryn Celynnog
You will enjoy this course if you wish to develop your own music, drama or dance skills, with an opportunity to specialise in either performance or production (lighting, sound, back stage crewing).
This course could be your first step to television, film or theatre work, be it either in performing or technical support. Employment within the industry not only depends on talent, but also a sense of determination to succeed.
What will I do on the course?
You will work on a variety of practical assignments over two years of your course in workshop situations. Each practical project will also include theoretical and written coursework. You will develop skills in writing, musician, actor or performing arts logs, research and textual analysis to support your practical skills. You will produce individual performances in the Drama workshop as well as large scale productions in the Muni Theatre as well as other exciting external venues. Units include subjects such as Acting for Film and TV and Directing. You will be directed by your teachers and your peers and you will have the chance to work as a director yourself. Work ranges from monologues, songs etc. for auditions to full scale shows such as Grease.
Working as an actor, musician or dancer you will be given responsibility for technical aspects including costume, set lighting, sound, make-up and publicity. You will also study Performing Arts Business giving you a firm grounding in all aspects of the industry and the chance to consider other possible career routes. We have high expectations of our students and encourage them to work as near to professional standard as possible. You will experience live professional theatre through trips and workshops in school with touring companies such as the Shakespeare Festival Company.
What the Course leads to
After the 2 year course, progression may be to university to study for a degree, performing arts school or to performing arts employment. The skills learnt on this course will help you in a variety of careers within television, film or theatre work. You will be given advice on self-employment and potential career routes.
Staff to consult for further information
Mr. R. Thomas, Mrs. L. Walters