UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts — Overview
This practical, industry-focused 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 be introduced 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.
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.
“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
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.