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 2020

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

You’ll learn about a wide range of subjects including marketing, retail, recruitment, project and event management, customer service and finance. Lessons will include a mixture of lectures, workshops, research and practical activities. You’ll also get the chance to get some work experience.


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:

If you don’t already have an English and maths GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C, you will continue to work towards this as part of your main program of study*.

*Unless you are exempt. Please see condition of funding rules.


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 continue your studies on a relevant university course or find work/an apprenticeship in the industry.


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


3 reasons to join us:

  1. Nationally recognised qualification that provides an excellent opportunity for progression on to university.
  2. Work experience opportunities to develop real-life work skills
  3. Tutors who are experts in their field.

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 2020

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

Over the course of two years, you’ll study 12 specialist units – equivalent to 3 A-Levels.

You’ll 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 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 at grade C/5 or above, or equivalent, including English and/or maths.

You also need a strong track record in attendance and punctuality.

Four GCSEs graded between 9-4/A*-C, including English and 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?

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.


How do I apply/enrol?

www.stockton.ac.uk/apply


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 2020

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

This practical course will give you the opportunity to study 3 disciplines, dance, drama and music.

You will gain the equivalent of 1 or 1 and a half A Levels and will 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?

Seven mandatory units, three are externally assessed and four internally assessed. Six optional units are set and marked by your lecturers.


You need:

Four GCSEs grade C/4 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 continue your studies on a relevant university course or find work/an apprenticeship in the industry.


How do I apply/enrol?

www.stockton.ac.uk/apply


Reasons to join us:

  1. Nationally recognised qualification that provides an excellent opportunity for progression on to university.
  2. Work experience opportunities to develop real-life work skills
  3. Tutors who are experts in their field.

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 2020
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 students 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:

Take a look at our prospectus to see our entry requirements and how our study programmes work.


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?

Head to our website and complete our simple online application form: www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

Alternatively, you can find a hard copy of our application form at the back of our prospectus. Complete this and post it back to us, or hand it in at our Reception.

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 2020

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 2020

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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The Level 4 Cert HE Production and Technical Arts* allows you to explore many vocational specialisms, including crewing, lighting, sound and stage management. You will work with many industry professionals across real live briefs and will take part in many community performances as back stage crew taking on an appropriate technical or production roles such as the lighting operator or stage manager. This course gives you the chance to explore a range of backstage roles for theatre before allowing you to hone your skills in one specialist area for a final group production project.


Factfile:
Start Date: September 2020
Duration: One Year
Location: Teesdale


What will you do?
Level 4 modules:

  • Production and Technical Arts in Context
  • Health, Safety and Legislation
  • Stage Management
  • Crewing and Lighting Operation
  • Crewing and Sound Operation
  • Professional Development (Planning for the future)

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 practical observations – there are no external exams.  Each assessment is carefully designed to give you the necessary tools to succeed.


Entry Requirements:

Entry criteria is based on your ability to succeed, and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points
  • Level 3 qualifications,
  • Appropriate training through work
  • As well as a satisfactory interview

What’s next?

Graduates will expect to work in the arts and entertainment industries, education and the media. Successful completion of this course can lead to progression into the industry such as crew, lighting operators, arts managers or assistant stage managers or on to further higher level study.


How do I apply/enrol?

You can apply for this course at www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

 

 *subject to approval

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.