Production Arts

Production Arts

The Production Arts course covers all the backstage processes required to put on a production for a live or recorded event. This can include aspects of design, stage management and technical elements of lighting and sound. Throughout this full time vocational course you will revisit your approaches to making and understanding production arts such as stage management, light and sound design and more. You will be challenged to develop professionally and socially by learning team skills to set you on a career path behind, above and beyond the stage.

Students 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 work on a range of productions in different job roles to enable you to put your learning into practice. 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.

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
Lighting Team for Performances
Lighting for performances in the QMC Hall
Lighting for performances in the QMC Hall
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TEACHING METHODS

Learners will be able to put their skills and knowledge into practice when they work on live productions, such as classical, contemporary and musical theatre in addition to music concerts and dance works.

Where can this course take me?

You will study a broad range of production skills and techniques that explore a range of genres and practitioners, gaining valuable skills such as:

  • creative development: development of production arts skills
  • management: planning and overseeing projects
  • analytical skills: self-analysis and reflection
  • teamwork: appreciation of the production arts industry and your future role in it .
  • communication: as part of the stage management team you learn to verbally communicate with others in a professional manner.
  • presentation: the ability to present yourself and your achievements effectively.

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

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.

Over the period of the course, you will be given assignments to do by your teachers. These assignments are one way in which you can provide evidence that you have studied and understood a topic.

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

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Production 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 to put together spectacular productions. You will also have the chance to go on trips throughout your studies including the 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.

Myles Waugh-Bacchus

I’ve had some unforgettable moments at QMC after long days preparing, everyone pulls together to put on incredible show. Every show puts a smile on my face. – Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School

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Any Questions?

The Head of Department, Steve Gallagher will be happy to help.

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