About this course
This course is an excellent introduction to a career working in performing arts. You will learn a variety of performance skills and techniques and put them into practice by performing to live audiences. You will also learn the skills and techniques required to produce a performance.
Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:
- The main subject qualification
- Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
- English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A*-C/9-4 in these subjects by age 16
- Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.
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
- Perform to an audience in a variety of productions
- 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 9-3/A*-D (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
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."