This highly progressive and dynamic course allows you to explore and develop your skills in art and design. You will experiment with a variety of exciting techniques and processes, and gain a range of contemporary and traditional skills through studio and workshop practice.

You will build your knowledge of artists, designers and makers, whilst visits to cultural venues such as Bristol, Oxford, Manchester and London will give you an exciting overview of contemporary international art and design practice.

Studying an Extended Diploma in Art and Design at HCA provides you with the space, understanding, and opportunities you need to develop.

Certificate of Higher Education, Introduction to Acting, at Italia Conti will enable you to experience the rigours of vocational training and enable you to make informed choices about your future.

​You will train in the professional and disciplined environment of a leading drama conservatoire and profit from the knowledge and experience of Italia Conti’s teaching faculty.

​Individual sessions working on interview technique and monologue preparation will help to maximise your chances of success in future auditions. You will be encouraged to develop a self-reliance and independent working process on a programme that emphasises the importance of respect within the rehearsal room, generosity and a shared passion. Above all, Italia Conti aims to generate a secure and nurturing training environment that will allow you to be creatively fearless.

​A series of organised theatre visits and excursions will develop your awareness and appreciation of current theatre practice. You will learn how to critically evaluate contemporary performance and to express your ideas with clarity and confidence, thereby improving your self-promotional skills.

As a Live and Recorded Performance student, you will experience an exciting range of projects designed to develop skills, including: musical theatre, stage acting, choreography, movement for performers, acting for screen, audio acting, aerial circus, and other forms of dynamic performance.

There are regular opportunities throughout the course to perform in front of audiences and to be part of full-scale productions.

Each term you have a choice to work on either a ‘live’ performance such as a live theatre piece, or a ‘recorded’ project, such as choreographing and dancing in a music video.You will get the chance to explore diverse forms of live and recorded performance over three projects per year, where you could go from performing in a music video, to a Shakespeare play, to a piece of musical theatre.

Collaboration is a key focus of the course, and students are also encouraged to develop into ‘thinking’ performers. Both these collaborative and research skills are essential for a smooth transition into higher education, and continued growth as performers with successful careers.

You can choose to specialise in either Performance or Dance, or take the opportunity to combine both throughout the course. In the first year all students also study singing skills.

This course offers you the opportunity to study a range of performing arts techniques in the first year, before going on to specialise in either acting in the second year. Projects and performances both in and outside of the college will allow you to focus on the performance demands of acting. There will be opportunities to experience acting styles such as improvisation and create your own pieces, showcasing your work in performances.
Although the emphasis is on practical and performance work you will need to complete written assignments and develop your skills as an informed and reflective practitioner through evaluative logbooks and rehearsal diaries. You will learn to evaluate and comment critically on both professional work and your own creative practice, gaining insight into the wider performing arts industry through contextual and industry studies.

You will be working on industry projects where some students will engage with external clients and companies, developing your experience in the world of work and performance.

Are you interested in Hair, Make-up or Costume? Then step this way!

The Extended Diploma in Production Arts covers Theatrical Hair, Make-up and Costume Design for performers. You will have links to our Hairdressing, Beauty, Art and Design and Fashion teams. You will study units such as: Fantasy Hair, Period Hair & Wig Making, Applying Make-up, Special Effects Make-up & Prosthetics, Designing Costumes and Period Costumes for Performance. During the course, you will work with Performing Arts students to create and apply Hair, Make-up and Costume for a variety of performances.

This Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts Practice - Technical Theatre is a two-year full-time course aimed at people who wish to work in theatre/performance venues in a technical capacity.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts Practice - Technical Theatre course recognises the technical skills, knowledge and understanding needed to work within the Performing Arts/Entertainment industries.

You need to complete 18 units to pass this course successfully. Examples of units you may study on the course include:

The course will allow you to develop your technical skills and give you an in-depth understanding of the importance of the technical team. You will gain practical experience in a wide range of college productions such as pantomimes, dance shows, fashion shows and plays. You may also have the chance to do work experience.

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