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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.

Develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to succeed in front of an audience and behind the scenes in the performing arts

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.

Students gain hands-on filmmaking skills at BFI Film Academy Plymouth

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 degree programmes including BA (Hons) Film, BA (Hons) Costume Production & Associated Crafts, and BA (Hons) Digital Media Production.

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.

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts + IBCP — Modules

Unit 1: Principles of performance - This unit will provide you with an introduction to a range of activities essential to the development and delivery of a performance. It will introduce the basic elements of drama, dance and music and impart an understanding of performance as a collaborative activity.

Unit 2: Engaging with an audience - This unit will provide you with an introduction to oral, written and visual communication in performing and production. It will enable you to explore and analyse meaning and how to convey a message to an audience.

Unit 3: Introduction to professional practice - This unit will provide you with an introduction to the diversity of roles, responsibilities, employment and progression opportunities available within the sector. It will introduce you to the importance of health and safety as integral to the performer and production and give an understanding of the characteristics needed for a career in the performing arts.

Unit 4: Critical and contextual awareness - This unit will provide you with an introduction to the investigation of both historical and contemporary contexts and perspectives that influence the development of ideas within the performing arts.

Unit 5: Production skills and context - This unit will enable you to critically analyse, integrate and apply knowledge and understanding acquired in previous units and to explore the specific skills and attributes required for production and design in the performing arts.

Unit 6: Performance skills and context - This unit will enable you to critically analyse, integrate and apply, knowledge and understanding acquired in previous units and to explore the specific skills and attributes required for performance in the performing arts.

Unit 7: Preparation for specialist study - This unit will provide you with an opportunity to critically analyse, integrate and apply the knowledge and understanding acquired in the previous units and to explore the specific skills and attributes required for your own personal practice.

Unit 8: Collaborative performance project - This unit will provide you with the opportunity to make use of the skills, knowledge and understanding developed through the previous units in the completion of a collaborative project. The unit will provide you with a measure of self-directed learning and enable you to clarify your longer-term goals through your choice of an activity to explore in greater depth.

Unit 9: Developing performance and production skills - This unit will provide you with an opportunity to enter into a more formal dialogue of personal interrogation and diagnosis designed to identify strengths, enthusiasms and ambitions within a specific pathway, and to develop the requisite artistic, professional and vocational skills necessary for progression within your chosen discipline.

Unit 10: Preparing for progression - This unit will prepare you, through a process of research, dialogue, reflection and evaluation, to identify and prepare for specific higher education or employment progression routes appropriate to your ambitions. The unit will enable you to demonstrate the requisite practical, intellectual and communication skills necessary for progression.

Unit 11: Exploration of specialist study and context - This unit is designed to enable you to understand a range of critical and contextual perspectives and approaches influencing performing and production arts. You will demonstrate your understanding through a personal research project in an area of interest, preparing you for the direction of your final project.

Unit 12: Extended project (Level 3) - This unit will provide an opportunity for you to engage in an extended activity related to your discipline of choice. The unit will enable you to take responsibility for your learning by responding positively to the greater opportunities for individual expression and creativity afforded, and to demonstrate your achievement through proposing and realising a project which integrates the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired throughout the course.

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts + IBCP — Staff

Nicola Rosewarne

Nicola Rosewarne
Subject Leader

After training at Dartington College Of Arts, Nicola joined Kneehigh Theatre, working for almost twenty years as a core company member, performer, movement director, and director. During this period she toured nationally and internationally, both indoors and out.

She has also acted as a WILDWORKS core artistic team member, with responsibility for performance direction and performer training. Her last project with WILDWORKS was as Performance Director on the acclaimed ‘Enchanted Palace’ project at Kensington Palace. WILDWORKS is a site-specific theatre company based in Cornwall, specialising in large-scale outdoor promenade performances.

Nicola has worked extensively as a freelance movement director, including working with Theatre Royal Plymouth and the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. She teaches across a very broad range of specialisms and is currently most interested in the ‘pursuit of playfulness’ in performance and performer training.

Nicola will lead our unique UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts*, which will give young people in the South West an introduction to the art of drama and acting, as well as the process of design, production and delivery of a performance.

*Nicola will be in post from the end of August 2019.

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

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