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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts

Course Duration

2 years; full-time

Whether you're interested in theatrical performance and set design or technical sound and lighting, this well-rounded course will immerse you in the exciting world of performance and backstage production.

The full title of this award qualification is UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts. University of the Arts London (UAL) Awarding Body supports innovative approaches to programme design and specialist delivery models within broader contexts. Therefore Pre-Degree students at Plymouth College of Art are offered the opportunity to pick this course amongst five other creative pathways including; Art & Design, Fashion & Textiles, Film, Animation & Media Production, Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts, Photography.

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The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and Production Arts provides students with a high degree of professional flexibility that can be mapped across various progression routes including freelance careers, creative and industrial employment, business development opportunities, university and higher-level apprenticeships. This Level 3 Extended Diploma course is a two-year equivalent to A-levels, and we are pleased to be able to offer the option for students to also study the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) alongside the Extended Diploma.

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This course is designed and delivered by an industry specialist team with a significant body of professional practice. You’ll be introduced to the art of drama and acting, as well as the process of design, production and delivery of performance.

You will be taught by staff who have worked across a wide spectrum of theatre and performance contexts, from small scale touring to large scale International festivals. From intimate community theatre to epic-scale arenas, our experienced staff will apply their real-world expertise to your studies and help future-proof you for success in the competitive world of theatre, TV, film, and audio.

Your days will be highly practical and industry-focused. You’ll work both online and on-site at our dedicated Pre-Degree Campus, Palace Court. Interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged, seeing you combine forces with peers in film, fine art, graphics, photography and fashion to realise your creative concepts.

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Flexible thinking, risk-taking, adaptability, collaboration and empathic perspective are key skills for any high-quality life long career, these skills are not innate; they have to be learnt and honed for a life in the arts. The core principles that sustain these skills are taught on this course by some of the most expert professionals in the UK.
Ros Philips, Freelance Theatre Director, Citizens theatre, The Albany, Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Lyceum Edinburgh

Perhaps you are an aspiring actor who also loves to illustrate, a dancer who can design, or an artist who wants to get into producing video content — as a theatre-maker, you can be all of these things and more. The college's strong focus on projects will support you in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding you’ll need to succeed as a theatre-maker, whichever path you choose to take — in front of an audience, behind the scenes, or a combination of both. If you are excited to explore your creative agency across a diverse range of performance and production disciplines this course is for you.

You’ll work as part of an ensemble company (both digitally and live) and as a solo artist, to explore theatre-making practices and the actor-audience relationship, sharing creative spaces with performers, makers, directors, designers. You’ll encounter the worlds of performance, design, make-up, costume, props, lighting and projection and, using live and digital techniques, you’ll investigate the places where these worlds collide, where off-stage meets on-stage.

All students at our Palace Court campus learn additional skills through our ‘Skills Project’, designed to empower their learning experience and prepare them to develop the resilience and interpersonal skills needed to succeed at work and life beyond education.

Students from across the college work on live projects with collaborators including Tate, Barbican Theatre and Theatre Royal – and we’ve partnered with the British Film Institute (BFI) to bring the prestigious BFI Film Academy to Plymouth.

Plymouth College of Art has been fantastic for Amber and her development. The staff there have harnessed her love for performing arts and allowed her to develop these at her own pace. She has received amazing support from both her peers and tutors and it has helped to develop her both academically and socially.
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We guarantee our Extended Diploma students a place on one of our BA (Hons) programmes if they achieve a Merit or higher in their final assessment and meet any additional entry criteria.

Many of our students choose to continue their studies with us on a degree programme at Plymouth College of Art, including BA (Hons) Film Studies, BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts, and BA (Hons) Costume Production.

Future careers could include; actor, director, choreographer, producer, designer, prop-maker, screenwriter, stage manager, make-up artist.

Get a peek behind the scenes of a student rehearsal

Plymouth College of Art’s IBCP will incorporate our acclaimed creative UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas into a programme that also includes two International Baccalaureate Diploma subjects.

Adding the IBCP to your Extended Diploma is optional, and best suited to students aged 16 to 18 who have completed at least four GCSEs at grade 9 - 4 (A* to C) including English and Maths, and are ready to progress onto an A-Level equivalent course specialising in one of our creative subjects, with plans to go on to a competitive university or ambitious career.

The IBCP incorporates two International Baccalaureate Diploma subjects (choose from English Literature, Business Management or Environmental Systems & Societies) and core IBCP skills and competencies that align with our existing Skills Project to help develop students with the integrity, communication and personal skills necessary for success in a rapidly-changing world.

All IB Diplomas and the levels that they are taught are subject to demand - for this reason, applicants must list IB Diplomas on their application in order of preference.

Many of our students choose to continue their studies with us on degree programmes across art, design, craft and digital media. We guarantee our Extended Diploma students a place on one of our BA (Hons) programmes if they achieve a Merit or higher in their final assessment and meet any additional entry criteria.