Performing Arts

If you dream of a life on the stage then our performing arts courses can help get you there.

Learning in our theatre and dance studio, you’ll develop the skills and confidence to make you shine in this competitive industry.

Whether you see yourself as star of the show or would prefer to take a lead behind the scenes, we’ll give you a good all-round stage experience.

What will you do?

We want to help prepare you for the world of work, so that means hard work, a firm commitment to rehearsals and always giving your best performance. You’ll learn through intensive rehearsals, production processes, workshops, guest lectures and industry visits. And throughout the course you’ll get the chance to perform in our renowned productions in a range of professional venues.

Is it right for you?

Yes if you are dedicated, enthusiastic and prepared to give your all to every performance. We can teach you the skills you need to work on stage or develop the technical know-how to work behind the scenes.

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Vocational

Do you dream of a life on the stage or screen? Is acting, singing or dancing your passion? Or do you see yourself working behind the scenes on those big show stoppers?

Whatever your ambition, our Performing Arts courses can help put you on the path to success and make you aware of opportunities you may not have even thought of.

We pride ourselves on equipping our students not only with the confidence and skills they need to follow their dreams but also the training and knowledge to develop their ideas, move in to management or even start their own business.

Our record at Stockton Riverside College is one of success, with former students having gone on to work at the highest level of the industry in the West End, professional productions across the world and technical roles.

So set the stage for a fantastic new career.

Performance & Production for Stage and Screen 

Level 2

This unique vocational course is delivered in hands-on industry situations.  As part of a working production company, you will gain first-hand experience of the skills and understanding needed for a career in the wider creative industries.  You will study nine units covering a variety of acting, film & TV production, and make-up for live and recorded media skills.  This rare blend of learning gives you opportunities to explore a wider range of specialist skills and abilities.  This can lead to training and a career in one specialist area – or a wider range of skills and opportunities for other jobs.

Attendance: Full-time

Duration: One year

Starting date: September 2019

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

This course aims to prepare you for specialising in the area of the performance, production and/or media industries that interests you most.  Through working on a number of collaborative production projects you will be given the opportunity to sample a range of roles both in front and behind the camera and both on and off stage. You’ll need self-discipline and commitment, and a passion for bringing creative ideas to life.

Throughout the course you’ll become part of an industry relevant production company, whilst undertaking work on live and recorded productions as a performer, filmmaker & specialist makeup artist; both within the college setting and out on location.


How will I learn?

You will learn through participating in film shoots; live performances; intensive rehearsals; production processes; workshops; theory classes; guest lectures and industry visits.  You will also create the relevant production paperwork, portfolios and written work to show your understanding and develop your skills.


How am I assessed?

  • Observation of practical sessions, design processes, live performances, and film shoots
  • Research/process portfolios and presentations
  • Performances, film productions and make-up designs/application

You need:

4 GCSEs at grade 2 including English Language or maths.


Why English and Maths matter…

Working in performing arts you may need to learn scripts, understand contracts, make set notes, calculate outgoings and monitor ticket sales.


What’s next?

Progression to one of our specialised Level 3 courses in either Film & TV Production; Make-up for Live and Recorded Media or Acting for Stage and Screen.


Please contact the Information Team to arrange a meeting with the course tutor:

The information team on 01642 865 566.


How do I apply/enrol?

www.stockton.ac.uk/apply


What kit/uniform do I need?

Movement wear (loose fitting clothing/trainers)

Make-up kit (outlined at interview stage)


3 reasons to join us:

  1. Excellent success and progression rates
  2. Industry relevant working practices/projects
  3. Safe, supportive, friendly environment

Performing Arts Acting for Stage and Screen Level 3

This extensive course specialises in both live and screen acting, and offers exciting, challenging, professional and ‘hands-on’ training to prepare you for a career in theatre, film, and TV acting or related professions. Learning in our theatre and dance studio, as well as on location, you’ll gain awareness of technical/production skills, directing, teaching/facilitation and freelance employment, to make you shine in this competitive industry. This course can be worth the equivalent of 3 A* at A level.

Attendance: Full-time

Duration: Two years

Starting date: September 2019

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

Over the course of two years, you will study 13 specialist units (four of which are externally assessed).
You will perform in full-scale theatre productions, variety shows, showcases, pantomimes, theatre tours, short films, music videos, and audio projects, in a range of locations and venues, in industry relevant ways.


How will I learn?

You will focus upon the practical and theoretical skills of the actor, through live/screen acting and physical/practical master classes, theory sessions, workshops, rehearsals, live productions and location film shoots, whilst creating performances for live and cinema audiences in a variety of venues.


How am I assessed?

You will be assessed across the year through your performances, practical work and hands-on projects, supported by research tasks and theory assignments including presentations, essays and actor’s logs.


You need:

Four GCSEs grade 5/C or above, or equivalent, including English and/or Maths. You also need a strong track record in attendance and punctuality.


Why English and Maths matter…

Working in performing arts you may need to learn scripts, understand contracts, make set notes, calculate outgoings and monitor ticket sales.


What’s next?

You could go on to further training at drama school or university, or you could even start working in the industry. Some students progress to related areas of study/work, including directing, technical theatre, events management, teaching or stage management.


What else do I need to know?

We want to prepare you for work in the performance industry. To learn the skills that your future career demands, we expect high levels of self-discipline, motivation and commitment, alongside an ability to collaborate with others under intense conditions.


How do I apply/enrol?

www.stockton.ac.uk/apply


What kit/uniform do I need?

Movement wear (eg, trainers, tracksuit bottoms)


3 reasons to join us:

We are one of the only courses in the UK to specialise in industry-relevant training for stage and for screen at Level 3.

You’ll gain experience in production, technical, teaching and events management roles – giving you wider skills to maximise your chances of employment between acting jobs in your future career.

While training, current students have worked with the Royal National Theatre, The RSC and The Stephen Joseph Theatre. We also attend the National Television Awards in London every year.

Musical Theatre Level 3

Are you keen to pursue a career in performing arts? This course offers an exciting stepping stone in performance training by developing strong skills in singing, dancing and acting. You will learn through intensive rehearsal and production processes from highly trained teachers and often industry professionals. You will have the opportunity to perform at professional venues.

Attendance: Full-time

Duration: Two years

Starting date: September 2019

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

This practical course will give you the opportunity to study three disciplines, dance, drama and music. You be given many opportunities to perform and create. Students enjoy many educational theatre trips for example London’s West End.


How will I learn?

You will participate in practical performance projects. You will work in large groups during productions, rehearsals and creating work. You will work in smaller groups on script work, vocal harmonies and choreography tasks and individually through auditions and individual assessments. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor and will learn about the importance of monitoring and reflecting on your own individual learning.


How am I assessed?

We assess your performance continuously during rehearsals and productions and you will provide us with rehearsal diaries and evaluations you make of your performances. The aim is that together we can identify your strengths and help you build on them by gaining credit and evidence all the way.


You need:

Four GCSEs grade 4/C or above including Maths and/or English, or a merit in a relevant Level 2 course.


Why English and Maths matter…

Working in performing arts you may need to learn scripts, understand contracts, make set notes, calculate outgoings and monitor ticket sales.


What’s next?

You could move on to stage school, study a relevant degree at university or start work in a relevant related field.


 What else do I need to know?

This course has an excellent track record for students progressing straight into top leading stage schools such as Arts Educational, Laine Theatre Arts, London Studio Centre, Guildhall, London School of Musical Theatre and many more. Past students are currently performing in Legally Blonde, UK tour of Oliver, Chicago, Billy Elliott, We Will Rock You, Phantom of the Opera and Sister Act.

Students have also progressed to university education.


How do I apply/enrol?

www.stockton.ac.uk/apply


What kit/uniform do I need?

Dancewear.

A level and equivalent

BTEC Performing Arts

This course is the perfect introduction to the performing arts suitable for those with lots or little experience of acting on the live stage.  This course will enable you to develop performance skills and techniques for live shows as well as critically and practically analyse the work of performing arts practitioners.  As well as strengthening your understanding of the performing arts this course will also help to equip you with many other valuable transferable skills such as confidence, resilience and team work.  You will have many performance opportunities across the course some of which will be over at the Teesdale site alongside the musical theatre and acting learners.

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Duration: 1 year (with option of extending to a full A level equivalent in Year 2)
Starting date: September 2019
Location: Bede Sixth Form


What will you do?

You will learn through a combination of practical hands on experience creating performance material for a range of audiences as well as learning skills to develop your understanding of performance as a craft. You will learn about different performing arts practitioners and their styles and will be given ample opportunities to practically explore these.  There will also be opportunities to deepen and strengthen your understanding of performance by performing alongside the Teesdale campus throughout the year.


How will I learn?

You will learn through a combination of practical workshops, seminars, research activities, group work and individual preparation.  You will also have one on one support throughout the year to support you to truly get the best from your studies.


How will I be assessed?

You are assessed in a variety of ways across this subject including assessment through your performance.  You will study two units within this qualification one of which is an external exam.   You will also study a practical unit where you are assessed through coursework and through your practical skills across at least two performances.


You need:

Predominantly A*/9-C/4 grades in at least 7 GCSEs, including GCSE English and Maths.


What kit/uniform do I need?

You will need to bring comfortable and appropriate clothing to sessions that you can move in.


What else do you need to know?

In addition to developing your abilities as an actor, you will also have the opportunity to improve your dance, vocal, singing vocal and personal management skills. You will have access to industry standard camera and editing equipment, as well as freedom to use our state-of-the-art recording studio.


What’s next?

After this one year qualification you could return for a further year to study the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts.  This will strengthen your knowledge of the subject as it includes a devising unit to put into practice all of your skills learned in year one as well as a further optional unit that will be chosen to suit the needs of the individual performers within the group.


Reasons to join us:

  • Amazing facilities both at the Bede campus and Teesdale (where some performance content will take place) Theatre spaces fully equipped with lighting and sound equipment to ensure your practical work is to a professional standard.
  • A highly practical course with a focus on learning through doing that allows you to explore the roles and skills of performers as well as take part in live performances throughout the year.
  • Inspirational teaching staff who will support you every step of the way ensuring that all practical work explored is tailored to your individual needs and interests.

How do I apply/enrol?

HE

Performing artists are creative practitioners who engage with audiences through the media of drama, music, dance and art. If you are  looking to build a career in performing arts and the wider industry, look no further than our FdA. Taught in our brand-new, purpose-built  facilities, you work with industry professionals from across the arts and entertainment world.

FdA Performing Arts

The Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts allows you to explore many vocational specialisms, including acting, dance, music, and arts management/production.  Taught in purpose-built facilities here at SRC, our FdA qualification offers the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals to gain valuable performance experience, as well as developing your individual skills in a range of contexts.  Previous students have gone on to work as performers in London’s West End and in international venues; as well as starting their own theatre companies; progressing to teaching; or managing high profile events.


Factfile:

Attendance: Full-Time

Start date: September 2019

Duration: 2 years

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

Level 4 modules:

  • Contextual Studies
  • Performance Practice One: Dance
  • Performance Practice One: Drama
  • Performance Practice One: Music
  • Work-related Experience One
  • Arts Management/Production

Level 5 modules:

  • Contemporary Specialist Practice
  • Work-related Experience Two
  • Performance and Events in the Community
  • Creating, Devising and Developing
  • Arts Business

One Optional Unit:

  • Performance Practice Two: Dance
  • Performance Practice Two: Drama
  • Performance Practice Two: Music

How will I learn?

You will study the arts in a range of ways including practical workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Tutorials help you to discover and develop your personal aptitude for your chosen career path.


How am I assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including essays; reports; presentations and performance observations – there are no external exams.  Each assessment is carefully designed to give you the necessary tools to succeed.


Entry requirements:

A typical offer is 48 tariff points. The entry criteria is based on your ability to succeed, and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including:

  • Level 3 qualifications
  • Appropriate training through work
  • A satisfactory audition and interview

Progression:

Graduates will expect to work in the arts and entertainment industries, education and the media. Successful completion of this course can lead to progression on to our honours degree in performing arts.


How do I apply/enrol?

Apply at www.tees.ac.uk

UCAS code: W490

*Modules offered may vary.


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BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Top up)

Have you got a HND, foundation degree or equivalent qualification in a performing arts or events production subject? Have you thought about topping it up to a full degree? With an extra year of study, you can gain a BA (Hons) qualification and develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of contexts in which performance and production have developed and are practised. Today’s performance and production industries demand highly trained, professional practitioners who can demonstrate a clear understanding of contemporary creative performance and production techniques. If you want a career in performing arts and the wider industry, this is the course for you.


Factfile:

Attendance: Full-Time

Start date: September 2019

Duration: 1 year

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

BA (Hons) Top Up Modules

  • Advanced Performance Practice
  • Final Major Project
  • Performance Investigation
  • Researching the Arts

How will I learn?

You will learn in a variety of ways including lectures, seminars, learner-developed seminars, practical classes, project-based work including final major performance projects, master classes from visiting professionals and independent research activities.  These will also be supported by group and one to one tutorials to really support you in getting the best out of your studies.


How am I assessed?

Assessment activities include a combination of assignments, presentations, practical workshops and the completion of a personal development portfolio. You also take part in a number of public performances, designed to assess both your rehearsal techniques and live performance skills.


Entry requirements:

A typical offer is based on 96 credits from a foundation degree or higher national diploma in a relevant subject (or equivalent qualification)


Progression:
You will leave with many highly sought after skills such as the ability to communicate effectively and with confidence, being able to shape and use industry-standard materials and equipment creatively and with imagination as well as furthering your performance and production skills.  This course could lead you into post graduate study where you will be able to further your learning journey or directly into employment in the industry.  Running your own company, performing and production management are just a few of the pathways open to you at the end of your studies.


How do I apply/enrol?

Apply at www.tees.ac.uk
UCAS code: W493 BA/PA


*Modules offered may vary

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Level 4 Professional Diploma in Technical and Production Practice for the Creative Industries 

The UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Technical & Production Practice for the Creative Industries has been designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to work in the production arts industry. The qualification is a one-year fast track into employment, and will open up the possibility of further progression with Higher Education. It is suitable for students who have an interest in production arts, or a related subject, who wish to explore and extend this interest via, immersive learning experience.

Factfile:

Attendance: Full-Time

Start date: September 2019

Duration: One year

Location: Teesdale

 

What will you do?

Unit 1 – Establishing Principles of Technical and Production Practice: equips you for the workplace by exposure to operational and management structures. Gain an appreciation of the communication protocols, in order to attain a firm understanding of the operational processes that lead towards a performance event. You will consider a range of technical and production roles and determine their associated individual responsibilities whilst acknowledging how they function within a wider professional environment.

Unit 2 – Applied Professional Practice: further develops and refines professional skill levels by placing you directly within a professional environment and exposing you to the realities of the workplace. Have the opportunity of applying the technical and production skills acquired from their previous unit and testing them out in a professional context. This unit will also see students cultivate their networking skills and start building a database of contacts as they engage with employer.

Unit 3 – Professional Development Project: this is an opportunity to take control of your own professional development by independently initiating, researching, establishing and completing a production project.


Please contact any of the following to arrange a meeting with the course tutor:

Course Information Department on (01642) 865566


Progression:

Progression to Higher Education or employment as an Assistant stage manager, Senior technician, Project management, Event management, Production management, Service engineers, Automation, Sales hire and account handlers.


3 reasons to join us:

  1. Excellent success and progression rates
  2. Industry relevant working practices/projects
  3. Safe, supportive, friendly environment

How do I apply/enrol?

www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

Career Pathways

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English & Maths

Depending on your previous grades you may need to study English and Maths. These are essential skills that all employers value. Your tutor can answer any questions you have regarding this.

Work experience/employability

We want to help you develop real skills for real jobs. That’s why we work closely with a wide range of employers to ensure all of our courses give you the skills that they are looking for in their future employees. We offer our students a wide range of work experience opportunities including live performances, working with a local radio station and much more. Our dedicated online program ‘My Work Search’ will help prepare you for future job opportunities.

Social and personal development

You’ll get the opportunity to develop a range of additional skills including the ability to work independently and as part of a team, organisation, research skills, putting together and delivering presentations, career skills and use of ICT and our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Your tutor will be able to tell you more about course specific developments.