UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts + IBCP — Overview
Applications for 2020 entry are now open.
The UAL Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts + IBCP is a two-year equivalent to A-levels that we’re offering as part of the International Baccalaureate Career related Programme (IBCP).
This practical, industry-focused Extended Diploma route will help you develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to succeed as a storyteller in front of an audience and behind the scenes in the performing arts.
You’ll have the opportunity to study an Extended Diploma as part of our IBCP, which also incorporates two International Baccalaureate Diploma subjects and core IBCP skills and competencies that align with our existing Character Project to help develop students with the integrity, communication and personal skills necessary for success in a rapidly-changing world.
The Extended Diploma element of this framework of study will introduce you to the art of drama and acting, as well as the process of design, production and delivery of a performance.
You’ll be based in our pre-degree campus alongside film, photography and fashion students, providing opportunities to create and perform for traditional and community theatre, TV, film and audio.
This will give you the grounding needed to understand the complete process, from concept to post-production, while the IBCP will empower you to become a self-confident, skilled, and principled learner, ready to pursue your career on an international stage.
Alongside the Extended Diploma, IBCP students will complete two IB Diploma subjects, choosing from English Literature, Film, History, Business Management, Mathematics, Environmental Systems & Societies, Visual Arts, or Psychology.
All IB Diplomas and the Levels that they are taught are subject to demand - for this reason, applicants must list three IB Diplomas on their application, in order of preference.
All students at our Palace Court campus will learn additional skills through our ‘Character 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.
IBCP students will hone these abilities further, through the IBCP core skills, designed to create exceptionally well-rounded learners with an international perspective on the world.
Performances are created for an audience. You’ll explore and debate the ways that performance can influence people’s opinions and perceptions, thinking particularly about how the messages in a performance can fit within a wider social context.
Using live and digital techniques, you’ll develop an understanding of personal voice, social responsibility and how performances help to create an identity. You’ll gain hands-on experience in backstage skills such as make-up, costume, props and set design.
Alongside this you’ll also have the opportunity to develop your abilities in event management, front- of-house hospitality, and operating technical equipment.
“Whether you aspire to be a director, actor, set designer or costume maker, working in theatre, film or tv is a real team effort where every role creates the whole. As an independent theatre company, Stiltskin recognises the potential that Plymouth College of Art’s new course offers to students who wish to learn these many interdisciplinary skills; where you can find out what it takes to be a part of that team and discover the many exciting and varied career pathways within the performing arts.”
- Jacqueline Slade, Executive/Artistic Director, Stiltskin’s Soapbox Theatre, one of the leading organisations for children’s theatre within the South West
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.
You’ll work as part of a team from day one to produce performances that make a difference, sharing working spaces with directors, costume designers and graphic designers.
As part of the IBCP, you’ll also complete two International Baccalaureate Diploma subjects, choosing from English Literature, Film, History, Business Management, Mathematics, Environmental Systems & Societies, Visual Arts, or Psychology, and core IBCP skills, preparing you to understand other cultures, to understand how people from other cultures might view you, and how to adopt the best working practices to fit in and thrive in any working environment around the world.
The core skills include Language Development, Service Learning, Personal and Professional Skills, and a final Reflective Project. The Language Development element will help you to become an international learner, by exposing you to a language programme that helps you to communicate in more than one language and furthers your understanding of the wider world, which is more important for UK students now than ever before.
And the Personal and Professional Skills module closely aligns with the skills we’ve been teaching our students for years as part of our ‘Character Project’. This is about preparing you for the life ahead of you, developing grit, integrity and resilience, alongside all the interpersonal skills needed to pitch to clients and develop lasting working relationships.
“This dynamic and specialist programme will equip students with the diverse skills required to thrive in the ever-changing world of live arts production, while broadening understanding of what contemporary performance can be. Students will develop a range of production and performance techniques in a creative and professional environment, preparing the next generation of confident, groundbreaking performance-makers.”
- Natalie Piper, Pretty Furies Theatre Company
Completion of the IBCP will give you a competitive advantage when entering Higher Education or moving directly into their chosen professional industry.
Recent research has shown that IBCP students “enroll and persist in university at higher rates than the national average” and more than half go on to attend very competitive or better higher education institutions, demonstrating that the IBCP prepares you to attain some of the most selective university places in the world.
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.
Future careers could include: actor, costume designer, prop-maker, screenwriter, stage manager, director, make-up artist, set designer.
International Baccalaureate World School Status
Plymouth College of Art was awarded International Baccalaureate (IB) World School status in Spring 2019, becoming the first non-private education provider in the South West to offer the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), which will be taught in conjunction with its existing A-Level-equivalent UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas. From September 2019, 16 to 19-year-olds in the region will have access to this world-class framework of education, combining vocational skills with academic excellence. Applications for the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) are now open.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.