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Performing Arts

Subject Leader: Ms Sterran

The Performing Arts Department at Coppice Performing Arts School gives students the opportunity to explore a creative subject developing devising, performance and evaluative skills in Drama, Dance, Music and Musical Theatre. Students are encouraged to be responsible for their own learning through the promotion of independent learning and rehearsal.

Learning Environment & Resources

All students have access to a variety of rehearsal and performance spaces including a black box studio, large theatre, two dance studios, music rooms, rehearsal rooms and studios. The students also have access to production elements including, set, costume, lighting and sound. Students are also able to access play texts, knowledge books, staff who work in the professional arts industry to develop their knowledge of the arts. As well as access to live and recorded production via Drama Online to develop their performance repertoire.

Performing arts teachers are available to students who want extra support/tuition before school, at lunch times and after school. Intervention takes place after school where students are encouraged to rehearse independently as well as complete work towards their theory.

Post 16 students’ study BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts

Student’s study 6 units over the course of the two years, this includes practical exams, written exams and coursework activities. Theory within the subject works alongside practical work. The course is worth one and half A-level grades.

Course Breakdown

Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners Work

Learners investigate the work of performing arts practitioners and develop critical analysis skills and contextual understanding of how practitioners communicate themes in their work.

Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Learners explore technical performance skills with a focus on developing skills and techniques in at least two performance styles.

Unit 3: Group Workshop Performance

Learners explore and integrate creative, physical and vocal skills and techniques, working collaboratively to create a performance in response to a given stimulus.

Unit 4: Performing Arts in the Community

Learners develop their knowledge and understanding of performing in the community, applying specialist skills and techniques to a community performance project.

Unit 23: Singing Techniques for Performance

Learners develop their vocal skills and singing techniques to interpret and perform songs in a performance.

Unit 27: Musical Theatre Techniques

Learners explore key features of musical theatre, developing specialist skills and techniques as a musical theatre performer combining acting, singing and dance skills for a performance.

Extra-curricular activity, trips, events, clubs, community links

It is encouraged that students have access to as many extra opportunities as possible within the performing arts department.

Trips to theatre and other arts establishments take place throughout student’s time studying drama. This includes professional theatres, creative hubs, community events etc.

Students have the opportunity to be part of a professional theatre company Ow Am Ya? Theatre Company.. This allows students to develop their performance and collaborative skills through workshop and public performances.

Each year the Performing Arts Department put on a musical which is highly promoted to BTEC students to take an active role in, previous musicals include We Will Rock You and Our House.

(Flexus associated programmes)