Production Arts

Production Arts

Dance   Drama & Theatre    Music    Music Technology    Performing Arts

Production Arts 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.

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 and music industries.

The world needs creativity. As well as preparing you for a career in performing arts, we also help prepare you for a range of alternative courses and professions. By studying our courses, you can gain transferable and employability skills that are valued by a whole range of employers and universities. You can go on to study and have successful careers in a wide range of job roles from law to paramedicine.

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

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 we are fully equipped with professional equipment and facilities which have been carefully chosen to enhance your learning and help you acquire the skills you will need to work in the performing arts and music industry.

Production Arts

Course Summary

Production Arts 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.

The course provides a holistic learning experience of Production Arts, which balances the development of skills with personal growth and intentions. You will develop into an independent, vocationally aware production arts student. Throughout the course you will revisit your approaches to making and understanding production 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 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.

Specific Entry Requirements

A strong interest in production arts is highly desirable (stage management/lighting/costume/design). You need to commit yourself fully to the demands of academic and practical 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 rehearse and prepare costumes, set and props. You will be expected to have secured 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to start the course.

Progression Skills and Opportunities

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.

How is the course assessed?

The overall qualification grading for the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Production Arts Practice is P to D* and for the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Production Arts Practice is PPP to D*D*D*. This is in line with the rest of the BTEC National suite. There are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners 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.

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.

  • Assignments can vary: some may involve writing an essay/report and some may require taking on a production role for a performance supported by an evaluation that may be written/ word processed or recorded on video/ audiotape. Other assignments might ask you to give a presentation or talk, prepare a recording, make a stage property or attend a performance venue. While it may be possible to finish an assignment using material you have received from your teacher, more often than not you will be expected to do further research – in libraries, by visiting theatres/ concert halls or companies. There are many different ways in which you can prove that you understand a topic.
  • Completed assignments are assessed and graded against the performance criteria relevant to the course you are studying. You always know what the assessor is looking for in your assignment so you should be able to grade your own performance in production arts- you know if you have covered everything and you know how well you have covered it.
  • At the end of the course you will be given a grade for your work. For BTEC courses, the highest grade is Distinction*, the next highest is Distinction, followed by a Merit, then a Pass or Not Yet Achieved. Your lowest grade for a unit will be your final grade for that particular unit. If for example you were awarded a Pass and three Distinctions for a unit, your final grade will be Pass.
  • Whilst you will get a chance to practice the skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete a unit, you will only be able to be formally assessed on the Assessment Criteria in a unit ONCE. When you have started a formal assignment for a unit, your teacher will not be able to give you any specific Assessment Criteria guidance: they will only be able to provide general guidance.

What topics will I be studying?

Learners taking this qualification will study four mandatory learning and teaching modules,

  • Production Arts Skills Development
  • The Production Arts Industry
  • Personal Production Arts Profile
  • Collaborative Production Arts Project.

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.

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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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.

Any Questions?

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

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