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.

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.

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

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 performance industries, look no further than our FdA. Taught in our purpose-built facilities here at SRC, you will have the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals to gain valuable performance experience as well as developing your individual skills in a range of contexts. If you have the talent and enthusiasm, we’ll give you the professional training to make your way in the competitive performing arts industry.

Attendance: Full Time

Start date: September 2018

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

*Modules offered may vary.

How will I learn?

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

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

How am I assessed?

The programme is 100% ICA and assessment strategies are varied and individually tailored to suit a broad range of learners. Each assessment is carefully designed to give you the necessary tools to succeed.

You need:

A typical offer is 40-48 tariff points. The entry criteria is based on your ability to succeed, and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including

  • A range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ 3, BTEC National award, A level)
  • Appropriate training through work
  • A satisfactory audition and interview

What’s next?

Graduates will expect to work in the arts and entertainment industries, education and the media. Successful completion of this course guarantees entry on to a progression route at honours degree level.

How do I apply/enrol?

Apply at www.tees.ac.uk

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Attendance: Full Time

Start date: September 2018 

Duration: 1 year

Location: Teesdale

What will you do?

  • Advanced Performance Practice
  • Extended Literature Critique
  • Final Major Project Proposal
  • Final Major Project
  • Performance Investigation

How will I learn?

We adopt various teaching methods in order to challenge and stimulate. These include lectures on critical theory, learner-developed seminars, practical classes for putting theory into practice, project-based work including final major performance projects, tutorials, masterclasses from visiting professionals and independent research activities.

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 process and live performance.

You need:

A typical offer is based on 90 credits from a foundation degree or higher national diploma in a relevant subject.

What’s next?
Employers recognise the benefits of an arts-production training background and when you leave the course you bring to the workplace a wide range of highly valued skills. The ability to communicate effectively and with confidence, work independently to meet deadlines, and shape and use industry-standard materials and equipment creatively and with imagination are just a few of the qualities you can offer prospective employers.

How do I apply/enrol?

Apply at www.tees.ac.uk

 

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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.