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Year 9 Options Process - Performing Arts

Introduction

Studying Performing Arts will allow you to focus on developing a lifelong love of the Performing Arts, both in front of the curtain and behind. Our curriculum, will develop your imagination, foster your creativity, and provide a safe space for self-expression. The opportunities provided will enable you to flourish as confident communicators and provide a valuable toolkit for success, whatever your chosen career.

Respect, trust, compassion, co-operation, and determination are key values within the Performing Arts department. Any student wishing to study the arts will be the physical embodiment of these values.

Course Details

At Leeds East Academy we study BTEC Tech Performing Arts – Level 1/2

The course comprises of three components:

  • Component 1 - Exploring the Performing Arts

This component will help you to understand the requirements of being a performer across a range of performances and performance styles. These include Verbatim, immersive/site specific and physical theatre. We will study a variety of practitioners and their repertoire within each performance style.

You will look at elements such as roles, responsibilities and the application of relevant skills and techniques.

  • Component 2 - Developing skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

This component allows you to develop your performing skills and techniques. You will take part in workshops and classes where you will develop technical, practical, and interpretative skills through the rehearsal and performance process. You will work from existing performing arts repertoire, applying relevant skills and techniques to reproduce performance. Throughout your development, you will review your own progress and consider how to make improvements.

  • Component 3 – Responding to a Brief

This component provides the opportunity to respond to a brief. You will be given a brief outlining the performance requirements, asking you to consider your target audience and start the creative process by using the given stimulus included in the brief.

Working as part of a group, you will develop your ideas for a performance whilst applying relevant skills and techniques to communicate your creative intentions to your audience.

The performance skills used will vary depending on features such as your selected performance discipline and the content of the work, venue, and target audience. The work may involve improvisation, vocal work, movement techniques or assisting with audience involvement.

The group performance may involve some solo or small-group work, it may even be an ensemble piece. You will have the opportunity to inform the performance using existing or newly developed performance skills, whilst adapting these to suit the performance.

Progression beyond GCSE

The BTEC Tech Performing Arts – Level ½ award is a fantastic platform for studying drama at post 16 and is highly recognised in colleges, sixth forms and universities.

The level 2 BTEC qualification will allow you to progress to either BTEC level 3 or A-level drama and beyond.

Where will the course take you? 

Studying Performing Arts doesn’t mean you have to be an actor! The are a huge range of jobs in the performing arts industry from marketing and finance to design and venue management (and many more in between!) Studying drama develops a vast array of skills including: adaptability, communication, confidence, creative thinking, design, devising, empathy for others, focus, team work and many, many more. Performing Arts provides you with a set of life skills that can apply to any career. Below are some examples of careers in drama:

  • Performer/Actor
  • Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Designer – lighting, sound, costume and set
  • Costume Maker
  • Prop Maker
  • Puppet Maker
  • Wig Maker
  • Hair and Make-up Artist
  • Flyperson
  • Casting Director
  • Drama Therapist
  • Teacher
  • Playwright
  • Producer
  • Sound Engineer

Course structure and assessment

At Leeds East Academy we study BTEC Tech Performing Arts – Level 1/2

The course comprises of three components:

  • Component 1 - Exploring the Performing Arts

This component is assessed internally and worth 30% of the overall grade. You are assessed on two pieces of written coursework taking the form of PowerPoint presentations and a series of recorded workshops.

  • Component 2 - Developing skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

This component is assessed internally and worth 30% of the overall grade. You are assessed on a series of recorded workshops, a final scripted performance, and a series of evaluative coursework pieces.

  • Component 3 – Responding to a Brief

This component is assessed externally and worth 40% of the overall grade. You will be assessed on your final performance and three 1 hour long written assessments which will capture your ideas on the planning/development, effectiveness of the production in a written log and a final evaluation.

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