HNC Performing Arts
Type: Full Time
Awarding Body: Edexcel/Pearson Download/print details
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The Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts is a one year course which develops a wide range of performance skills (acting, singing, dancing and physical theatre) with a focus on professional development. It is aimed at dedicated learners who wish to move onto the next level of training as a performer, director, community arts practitioner or teacher. This full-time course gives you an extra year’s experience and prepares you for audition at drama school or university. The course is delivered by experienced professionals who are experts in the industry and have extensive performance and/or teaching profiles.
The course is essentially practical and the skills covered are tailored to entry into drama school, university or industry. You will go on many theatre trips, work with external practitioners and have the opportunity to join the departmental trip abroad. Previous visits have included Paris, Barcelona, Florence and New York. There is also academic rigour and this theory will underpin all the practical work studied. Performance theory, industry knowledge, context and business skills will be explored.
There will be many performance opportunities for all learners and these will not only take place in our fully equipped theatre but also in the community. Our focus will be on skills in the different art forms but also on innovative and multi-disciplinary performance. These will fully equip the learners with all the skills needed for audition at the next level and will also challenge and train the learners for the exciting world of contemporary theatre.
Practical skills workshops will include:
- Acting techniques
- Movement and dance
- Physical Theatre
- Audition techniques
Theory knowledge sessions will include:
- CV and profile writing as a performance practitioner
- Head shots
- Agencies, unions, legal and statutory frameworks
- Research skills and contextual understanding of performance
- Units on the course include:
- Development of Acting Skills
- Voice and Speech Development and Practice
- Alternative Approaches to Acting
- Physical Theatre Performance
- Site Specific Performance
- Singing for Musical Theatre
- Singing Techniques and Styles
- Movement for the Actor
- Contemporary Dance Techniques and Performance
- Writing for performance
- Creative Arts Professional Practice
- Creative Arts Research Skills
Course Structure & Teaching Methods
The course will be taught over 4 days per week. You will have practical workshops, lectures, workshops delivered by professional practitioners and theatre visits.
Information & Support
Students accepted onto the course are eligible to apply for student loans through Student Finance England.
Successful students will be able to progress onto a degree programme or into the industry working in performance, arts administration or community work.
Available Dates and Locations
Please contact us to register your interest for the next available start date.