Performing and Production Arts

Subject Intent: Why Performing and Production Arts?

Through making, performing and responding to drama, students are given the chance to discover more about themselves, other people and the world they share. The experience of the drama and theatre curriculum aims to promote the individual’s shaping of their own identity through the experience of collective responsibility via teamwork, discussion and role-playing activities, which help them to comment on, reflect and define their culture and community as citizens of the world. The drama and theatre curriculum empowers young people to develop empathy, emotional intelligence, resilience and a strong social conscience, exploring ideas in a safe environment. Through their appreciation and review of live theatre, students develop their analytical and evaluative understanding of their own and others’ contributions and ideas, enabling them to celebrate the richness and depth of human expression in all its forms.

What will I study?

Units 1-4: An introduction to the skills necessary to explore their creative development. Units 5-7: Requires the student to apply their skills, knowledge and understanding in a series of production and performance assessments. Unit 8: Students will undertake a production and/or performance role in a performance. An examiner will watch the performance work. Units 9-11 (Extended Diploma only): Opportunities to explore activities and competencies within performing arts. Students take further responsibility for their own learning and ambitions. Units 12 and 13 (Extended Diploma only): Provide opportunities to refine the skills, knowledge and understanding appropriate to their future career path.

Performing and Production Arts

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What are lessons like in this subject?

Lessons in UAL consist of a blended learning approach. Studying a range of practitioners and their key methodologies will enable you to apply your learning to a wide range of practical work. This course has an industry focus, which means we teach you everything you need to succeed in this competitive industry and progress onto higher education, if you wish to. As a UAL student you will develop all areas of performance skills, including: singing, dancing, physical theatre and stage management. We also contract professional companies to deliver other workshops such as puppetry, circus skills and arrange trips to see live theatre. By the end of your course you will have the necessary skills to plan, market, light and stage your own performance.  

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I am able to hone in on specific skills, do in-depth research into niches I find most interesting and most importantly study what I love every day.

Aimee Williamson, Kettlethorpe High School

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