Performing Arts

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts course at Queen May’s College provides a holistic learning experience, which balances the development of skills with personal growth and intentions. In this vocational programme, you will develop into an independent Performing Arts student.

Throughout the course you will continually revisit your approaches to making and understanding Performing Arts. You will have access to teaching and learning approaches that challenge you to deepen and refine your skills, adding complexity and exploring new contexts. You will be provided with opportunities to put your learning into practice as you progress through contemporary, musical and classical theatre productions.

The structure of the qualifications is in keeping with current industry practice and university teaching and assessment methodology. The completion of an extensive portfolio showcasing your skills and knowledge will prepare you for progression.

Students will need to commit themselves fully to the demands of academic study both in and out of College. There are also production weekends organised immediately prior to each show, so that you learn about contributing to the work undertaken backstage as we prepare costumes, set and props. Production weekends will also involve rehearsals.

The Foundation Diploma is equivalent in size to 1.5 A Levels and the Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

WELCOME TO THE PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT

We have high expectations of all of our Performing Arts students and aim to challenge you to achieve outstanding results. Excellent facilities and a team of highly dedicated and committed teachers will ensure that you are provided with every chance of succeeding during your time at College. At QMC, professional equipment and facilities have been carefully chosen to enhance your learning and help you acquire the skills you will need to work in the Performing Arts industry. As well as preparing you for a career in performing arts, we also help prepare you for a range of alternative courses and professions.

Our Performing Arts mission is to develop Creativity and Academic Excellence for your future:

  • Strive for excellence and innovation
  • Be authentic
  • Be exciting, inspiring and engaging
  • Ensure a positive and inclusive experience
  • Enable personal progression
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Where can this course take me?

Previous students have progressed on to pursuing Performing Arts in further education or studying other programmes at universities or going into employment.

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The Performing Arts course provides students with a plethora of opportunities during the teaching learning phase to give students practice in developing:

Employability skills:

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: using critical thinking, approaching non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, using systems and technology
  • interpersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • intrapersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development

Transferable skills that universities value include:

  • the ability to learn independently
  • the ability to research actively and methodically
  • being able to give presentations and being active group members

You will study a broad range of performance skills and techniques, gaining valuable skills such as:

  • creative development: development of performing arts skills
  • management: planning and overseeing projects
  • analytical skills: self-analysis and reflection
  • teamwork: appreciation of the performing arts industry and your future role in it
  • presentation: the ability to present yourself and your achievements effectively

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Performing Arts students will have the opportunity to get involved in various shows throughout their time on the course. You will be able to collaborate with other performing arts students such as Production Arts to put together spectacular productions. You will also have the chance to take part in workshops with industry professionals and go on trips to musicals, concerts and more. For those who would like to, there is also a Performing Arts trip to New York in the summer.

Fun facts

  • The arts create independent learners and develop students emotional intelligence. They require the students to set their own agenda from within themselves, rather than follow set topics as in other subjects. They have to make independent decisions all the way, and be self-critical. They also need to be brave in exposing their creations, and accept criticism. Working in teams makes students into effective communicators.
  •  Arts ‘reach the parts other subjects can’t reach.’ The arts develop the broader dimensions of the human being – mind, body and soul. The arts can express the inexpressible and make sense of things that otherwise do not seem to. This can be very fulfilling and helps us function as human beings – which can only be good for society as a whole.
  •  Arts ‘reach the students other subjects can’t reach.’ Teachers find arts subjects particularly beneficial for two groups: those who struggle with traditional subjects and those who are high achieving. Less academic students can become defeatist if they feel they can’t achieve: drama, music or art can be the place they blossom. With studious students, the arts can bring them out of themselves and be a release.

Any Questions?

The Head of Department, Anne Higgins will be happy to help.

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