Extended Diploma in Performing Arts
As a student on this course, you will be exposed to a broad range of performance genres and styles across the arts whilst developing key skills in a specialism of your choice: Music or Drama. Regardless of your chosen specialism, the Extended Diploma course is rich with opportunities to hone your communication skills, to explore and develop the expressive potential of your voice and body, to expand your knowledge, understanding and personal experience of the historical, theoretical, technical, practical and creative aspects of the performing arts, and to discover first-hand both the demands and the joys of working in an ensemble to create work that you are proud to put before an audience.
Students who are successful on this course may apply to progress onto either the Music or Drama Foundation courses, but are subject to the same audition procedures and standards as students applying directly to those courses. With hard work and dedication, however, it is possible for any Extended Diploma student to move onto this next key stage of their growth and development as performing artists.
If you decide to leave at the end of the 1st year, upon successful completion, you will be awarded the UAL Diploma in Performing & Production Arts, which attracts 36, 60 and 84 UCAS tariff points for pass, merit and distinction grades respectively. At the end of the second year upon successful completion, you will be awarded the UAL Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts. You have the ability to achieve a total UCAS score of 72, 120 and 168 for a pass, merit and distinction grade.
- DEVELOPMENTAL PLAY (ALL STUDENTS)
Develop a strong, positive group dynamic and a spirit of freedom and possibility in the work through theatre games, trust exercises, and the exploration of improvisation techniques.
- DRAMA SKILLS (ALL STUDENTS)
Explore the fundamentals of drama and basic performance work, as well as effective communication skills, through tableau and transition, mime, structured improvised scenes, puppetry, mask work, introductory stagecraft, and devising.
- MUSIC APPRECIATION (ALL STUDENTS)
Broaden your musical horizons by engaging with different musical forms from different periods of musical history.
- WORLD MUSIC (ALL STUDENTS)
Examine different styles of music from around the world within the context of the cultures from which they emerged, and consider their impact and influence on the ‘world of music’ as a whole.
- CONTEMPORARY DANCE (ALL STUDENTS)
Begin to develop physical freedom as well as coordination, rhythm, timing and stage presence through focussed skills work as well as set choreography.
- MUSIC THEORY (MUSIC SPECIALISM)
Deepen your understanding of the theoretical aspects of music through classes that are tailored to your personal level of knowledge.
- AURAL SKILLS (MUSIC SPECIALISM)
Learn skills of musicianship, including ear training, sight-reading and music dictation.
- COMPOSITION (MUSIC SPECIALISM)
Delve into the rudimentary aspects of musical composition and begin to apply this knowledge to the crafting of your own musical pieces.
- RECORDING (MUSIC SPECIALISM)
Develop basic proficiency with the software and begin to apply the techniques involved in recording, mixing and producing music.
- INTRODUCTION TO ACTING (DRAMA SPECIALISM)
Engage with the craft of acting by studying and applying the techniques developed by practitioners, such as Stanislavski and Brecht, to verbatim studies, monologue work, duologue work, group scenes and short plays.
- SCRIPT STUDY AND WRITING SKILLS (DRAMA SPECIALISM)
Explore various theatrical forms through the study and analysis of individual plays, and discover some fundamental techniques an actor can use to make a text more accessible in terms of character choices and overall storytelling.
Learn and practice specific techniques across various styles of dance and work to develop precision, dynamism and confidence in the performance of choreographic phrases and short pieces.
You Will Benefit From
- Regular performances throughout the year and end-of-year shows
- Regular masterclasses and workshops from visiting conservatoires on audition techniques and how to prepare for your audition
- 5 days a week teaching, more than anyone else
- Small class sizes, no more than 15 students to 1 teacher
- One-on-one support in class
- Dedicated university officer, to help with your university applications and careers advice
- Outstanding teachers who are working performers bringing industry links and real insight to the world of work
- A dynamic and global community bringing opportunities, international contacts and friendships.