Reading, RG1 4HJ
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Reading College’s Performing Arts programmes are unlike any other in the country. You will join Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, which is a partnership with Reading’s professional theatre company: Reading Rep.
If you are looking to get into drama school, work as a theatre professional, or go to university to study in the arts, then this is the course for you.
You won’t be learning in a classroom, you will be working as a professional company of artists and staging numerous productions open to the public. You will be taught by leading industry experts, as well as highly qualified academic staff, to ensure that you receive a fully rounded experience and are prepared for life in the industry.
This is much more than a qualification, this is an opportunity to train with a professional theatre company.
What I'll learn
You will develop your practical skills in drama, dance and the whole production process from technical theatre to performance. You will also be encouraged to develop analytical skills and acquire a broad knowledge of the way the performing arts business works. You will have the opportunity to participate in group productions. In addition, you will be encouraged to develop creative skills and strong organisational capabilities. You will have an opportunity to re-take English or maths GCSE, where needed.
How I'll learn
Students on this course will be helped to develop practical performance skills using voice and movement to communicate effectively to an audience. You will also learn the importance of team work and self-discipline and gain confidence in interacting with others. These skills can be used not just in the performing arts industry but in many other areas of work.
How I'll be assessed
You will undertake practical assignments performed in class and in public, small and large group projects and workshops.
Four GCSEs (including English and maths) at grade D/3 or above and/or a completed Level 1 award.
If you are interested in a Level 2 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider please contact us with your details.
Applicants will be invited to attend an audition and an interview and to complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.
How to Apply
You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:
- Register for our online service and verify your account
- Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application
As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.
Printed application forms are also available.
Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.