Foundation: BTEC Foundation Diploma in Production Arts Practice (with Performing) 1 year. Accredited full time gap-year and vocational prep performing arts training for actors, musical theatre performers and producers/events managers aged 16-19.
This blended course is designed for performers who already have a Level 3 Performing Arts Qualification and/or who would like to learn to form their own companies and create shows, as well as still working on their own performing skills. You must be able to either act, sing or dance to a high level as you will be performing some or all of in the shows you produce.
Each term has a different focus - giving you the chance to stretch and improve your skills. It is intensive and requires a full commitment. The 2021 year ends in a big public show at the Wilde Theatre in Bracknell (Disney's Beauty and the Beast). You will also produce and appear in (or direct) a National Theatre Connections play, which will perform in Bracknell and London, with the chance of being chosen to perform again at the National Theatre.
The college specialises in Musical Theatre, but the course is blended and also offers Acting, Singing, Screen Acting, Dance and technical aspects.
You will work on real productions as producers and organisers, including cabaret shows in a club, studio theatre shows (National Theatre Connections or a Festival piece), and other real events for paying customers at both South Hill Park and Hounslow Arts Centre. As well as producing the shows, you will appear and perform in them OR choose to run tech and production.
Your principal tutor is Jonathan Ashby Rock - Artistic Director of Hounslow Arts Centre (London) and professional producer. Other teachers include Sam Spencer-Lane (West End choreographer, musical theatre specialist and former department head at Mountview), Adrian McDougall (Artistic Director and Producer Blackeyed Theatre), Brad Clapson of Omni Theatre (writer and producer) and many more. ALL our teachers are practicing professional artists and well thought of in their field.
Units will include (but are not limited to): Understanding the Events Industry; Understanding how to Research and Report Information to Plan and Organise an Event; Understanding Operational Event Planning; Understanding Health, Safety and Security at Events Sites.
This course is accredited (you will get L3 qualifications if you complete it), and it is for students who want to prepare for university courses, or have a university place already but would like a years intensive vocational training first.
The course is taught at second year Level 3/professional prep. It is designed for young people with experience of performing who have a deferred university place, or would like to re-apply to vocational higher education, but do not feel prepared or ready currently, or who have maybe chosen a different career pathway and would like one last full year doing what they love.
Our graduates have gone on to Russell Group universities, Mountview, GSA, Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, UAL, PPA, and more (including scholarships!).