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Interested in a career in Theatre, Film or Television?

If you have a passion for Performing or Production Arts, are keen to explore these fields further, develop your own skills and have ambitions to work in the performing arts or related industries, this is the course for you!

Students are trained within Wiltshire Creative.  Wiltshire Creative comprises the combined vision, creative energy and ambition of Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Playhouse.Students spend two days a week learning in the professional environments of the Salisbury Arts Centre and the Salisbury Playhouse, one of the country's leading repertory theatres, with further sessions taking place in the well-equipped campus studio.  There is the opportunity to take a performing or production pathway.

NEWS: Some of the exciting destinations for our brilliant students who have just completed the course include:

Performing Arts: Rose Bruford, Goldsmiths University, Chichester University, Bath Spa University
Production Arts: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, LAMDA, LiPA, GSA

We wish them well for a successful future!

Level 3 Performing and Production Arts Course delivered by Wiltshire Creative, accredited by UAL.

What will I learn?
​As a project based programme, you will learn many new skills and develop those learned from previous experience, which may have been at a youth theatre, drama/dance club or when studying for your GCSE in Drama and Theatre Studies.

All Students

  • Contextual and Critical Analysis
  • Script analysis
  • Research skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Mindfulness
  • Evaluation skills and reflective practice
  • Preparing for progression

Performing Arts Pathway

  • Voice technique and development
  • Physical and movement skills
  • Character development
  • Practitioner studies
  • Devising
  • Improvisation
  • Contemporary Theatre
  • Children’s Theatre
  • Classical Theatre
  • Acting to Camera
  • Audio performance
  • Directing practice
  • Script writing

Production Arts Pathway

  • Stage Management (Stage Manager, Deputy Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager)
  • Lighting (Operation and design)
  • Sound (Operation and design)
  • Costume
  • Set design and construction
  • Prop making
  • Puppet design and construction
  • Technical Maintenance
  • Directing practice

Study, assessment and qualifications

You will experience real life skills in performance at the Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury Playhouse which will be underpinned by theory and context.

We get to see a variety of productions throughout the year and are often treated to talks and workshops from Wiltshire Creative staff and visiting practitioners including the Artistic and Associate Directors and Production and Company Stage Managers. So, you already begin to develop your professional network.

The UAL units are assessed through project work.  You will undertake 4 projects over the course of the first two terms which will cover a variety of text and devised projects including contemporary, children's and physical theatre styles.  This gives you plenty of time to grow your knowledge, understanding and application before embarking on your final assessment.

You will be assessed on your coursework which will be made up of contextual and research evidence, a log of the process, video evidence of rehearsals and performance, presentations and written documents such as theatre reviews and evaluations.  You will undertake a number of projects throughout the year and you will produce a portfolio of work for each project.  You must pass all formative units before undertaking the final externally assessed unit.

First year students start on the Diploma and progress onto the Extended Diploma in their second year.
The final qualification will be a UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts. We also offer a Level 2 qualification.

Level 2 Performing and Production Arts 

Entry requirements 4 GCSE's grade 3 or above incl. English and Maths + Audition/Interview

Level 3 Performing and Production Arts 

Entry requirements 4 GCSE's grade 4 or above incl. English and Maths + Audition/Interview

To find out more visit Wiltshire College's website or email Tom Sherman tom.sherman@wiltshire.ac.uk or call Take Part on 01722 343028

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