About the course
This course is an exciting starting point if you aspire to be a performer or work behind the scenes in stage production. Learn from industry professionals in our 240 seat state-of-the-art hub theatre where you will acquire a combination of contemporary performance skills and technical production skills.
On completion of this course so can choose to specialise in performing or production arts at level 3.
Take a look at our Centre for Contemporary Arts Guide
What you will learn
- Historical context and classical theatre
- Performance skills and techniques
- Voice-over skills
- Contemporary theatre
- Audition skills and techniques
- Developing production skills and techniques
- Lighting operation for stage
- Design for performance
- Professional 240 seat state-of-the-art theatre that can be adapted in size based on performances
- Rehearsal and dance studios complete with bars and mirrors
- Recording studio voice acting
- State-of-the-art TV studio for screen acting
- Fully equipped sound and lighting studio
- Stage weapons for combat training
- Costume and props room
- Links with local theatres and entertainment businesses
- 4 GCSEs grades A*-D/9-3 (including English), or
- Level 1 in Performing Arts (with Level 1 English)
You will be required to attend an interview and group workshop at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.
Dates, times & fees
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- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing or Production Arts
Trips, visits & activities
- Tour of theatres
- Experience productions
- Trip to a drama school fair
- Work experience
- Industry week activities
At City College
Level 3 Extended Diploma Production Arts
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Ian RowsellPerforming Arts Tutor
Ian Rowsell, course leader of performing arts, has been performing since he was ten years old and brings an exceptional wealth of experience to his teaching at City College Southampton.
Ian trained in film and television at the TVI Actors Studio in Los Angeles, returning to the UK to train in Classical Theatre at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He is also trained in stage combat. Over the years Ian has worked with many production companies and has taken on roles in Shakespeare, open-air theatre and has experience in voice over work. He still acts alongside his full time teaching post.
Ian believes this wide-ranging experience in performing arts aids his teaching the most. Ian said: "I'm able to directly translate the industry standards to my students. As a working actor, I can tell them just what to expect and prepare them fully for a job in performing arts."
After cutting his teeth teaching drama part time in a secondary school, it was industry networking with professionals that led Ian to his current role at City College. Ian's director mentioned that he was looking for a new member of staff and a week later Ian had an interview for course leader of performing arts.
Ian said: "I've absolutely fallen in love with seeing my students up on stage, watching them grow and seeing how my training has impacted them. As a trained actor I was able to recommend great performing art schools and one of my students has now been accepted on a course at the TVI Actors Studio where I first trained, so it's come full circle for me."
Marc FaircloughProduction Arts Tutor
Marc has been a production manager for the past 15 years and has worked in theatre for over 30 years. He has undertaken roles including Set Builder, Sound and Lighting Designer, Event Manager and Freelance Theatre Consultant. Marc is an award winning director for shows across the South directing plays and musical theatre.