The PDP is specifically designed for Level 3+ graduates, semi-professional and/or professional performing arts students or practitioners, who have already completed previous performing arts training at a college, university, and/or performing-arts/drama school; and who are actively looking to support the next step in their career, either a higher education application, or a professional position within the professional performing-arts industry.

In addition to professional tuition in its own right, the P.D.P. is carefully crafted to make the trainee (student-artist) aware of what is involved and required for working as a full professional artist within the performing arts industry. He/she will be respectfully treated as such.

  • What will I learn?

    This is a highly practical, intensive course, focusing on talent and skill development, performance and audition techniques, as well as devising, choreography, management and organisation of shows; offers a cutting-edge and unique teaching/learning experience!

  • Example modules

    / Characterisation & Physicalisation - Including: character, posture, style, vocal, rhythm, back-story, (identity), gesturisation and acting skills.

    / Devising & Directing. - Including: Creating and structuring a performance piece, stage-crafts, use of inter-disciplinary genres (acting, mime, physical-theatre, song, poetry, music, etc.); symbolism, staging & blocking, script & non-script creative writing, sound and space, Rehearsal.

    / Production-arts - including: Presentation of design concepts, Set/staging, Lighting Design, Sound Design, Scale model-making, Mood board, Realisation of creative ideas; Set, Costume, Construction, Lighting and Sound rigging, Stage management, Venue and client liaison/Marketing.

    / Performance and Presentation - Including: Stage-skills, confidence, poise, posture & presence; balance, control, physical interpretation, style, improvisation, costume, movement vocabulary and professional performance skills.

  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be continually assessed throughout the duration of the course - through a combination of selected written assignments, tutorial discussions, as well as reference to your own Artists Journal; You will also carry out a range of selected, practical assessments within a chosen professional/commercial performing arts venue/location and/or event-environment, with external audience and/or clients. You will collate theoretical and practical evidence in the form of assignments, projects, artwork, recorded footage, critique-reviews, and of course, live performance - presentations.

  • Entry Requirements

    Level 3 or above Performing arts qualification; - Or 2 years Performing arts industry experience (equivalent to Level 3) will also be considered. - All candidates wanting to be accepted onto this course will be expected to attend interview/audition.

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    Some students will be able to progress to the FdA Musical Theatre at Bucks College Group (depending on skills); this course will also support high level UCAS applications or apprenticeships in other performing arts disciplines. Including: possible further apprenticeship and internship placements with semi professional and professional performing arts companies/ensembles nationally and internationally; (depending on skills and recognised potential). We anticipate that on the successful completion of the course, students will reach the standards required to enable them to progress within the professional performing arts industry as performers, practitioners, directors, choreographers, producers, consultants etc. depending on their specific primary performing-arts genre/discipline. Some graduates will go on to work within conventional, established mainstream employment, others will go on to work within more avant-garde/fringe companies and/or theatre-arts venues. Other student-graduates from this course might choose to set up their own company enterprise or become self-employed.

  • Additional Information

    This is an intensive course carried out over two taught days or equivalent hours per week. There is in addition a strong element of self directed study expected of students at this level, in addition to the professional tuition provided by the course leader, and guest tutors/industry professionals. Students will be expected to be available on some evenings and/or week-ends to participate in shows/performances/events and to critically observe external shows. Students will also be expected to attend a professional placement which will be organised in collaboration with their course tutor and selected industry professionals.

    During this course, students will not only enrich their skills within the Performing-arts but will also strongly develop their employability skills, equipping them to better succeed in the areas of auditions and interviews, as well as professional presentation. There is the opportunity for students to attend external, professional workshops, master-classes and internship sessions, taking place outside of the college, within the professional performing arts industry. These opportunities are at the discretion of the course leader and will incur an additional cost which will be clearly outlined if/when the option arises.

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Course Details

Qualification Level Level 4
Study Mode Higher Education Course
Start Date To be confirmed
Duration Weeks
Course Code HPDPAL4DP
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