Performing Arts

This qualification provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the world of performing arts. The performing arts sector covers a wide range of activities, and so the choice of units available enables the precise nature of the qualification to be tailored to meet the interests and progression aspirations of individual groups of students. Students can learn about promoting and taking part in performances and events, with the opportunity to develop their acting, dance and musical performance skills as well as the associated technical and design skills. There are also opportunities to understand more about what it means to work in the sector.

Pupils will take an active role in the production of school productions, talent shows and presentation evening.

Pupils will work on 4 selected units which are appropriate to their chosen specialism. These are;


Costume

BTEC Performing Arts focusing on Costume is a creative subject that allows pupils to design and make costumes for the whole school productions. Pupils develop their skills over a three year period.

Pupils complete a series of four units that provide them with enough credits to achieve a BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Performing Arts. The four units in this case concentrate on the design, development and creation of costumes for a number of productions staged on a professional setting.

The units covered include;

Unit 2: Taking Part in a Performance

Unit 5: Preparing Performing Arts Work

Unit 6: Presenting Performing Arts Work

Unit 11: Exploring Design Skills for the Performing Arts

Pupils develop their practical skills by designing, sewing and creating garments. Pupils also work closely as team and with the director to ensure that all of the elements required for a show are achieved.

Pupil will research into what makes a good costume and why we have costumes. They also learn what it means to work as a team and take on responsibility for roles within the group.

Dance

It is the aim of the Dance Department at Sutton School and Specialist College to give every pupil a broad and balanced curriculum which allows each individual to work at their own level.  The teaching of Dance is seen as a key to developing pupils practical, creative and communication skills. We will strive to give pupils a practical knowledge of the subject using a wide variety of media and tools.

Autumn Term

Unit 5: Preparing Performing Arts Work

This unit is about the process of preparing work for presentation to an audience as part of a group. The performing arts piece should be a dance for a show.

 

Spring Term

Unit 8: Exploring Dance Skills

From urban dance styles used in pop videos to jazz dance styles often used in musical theatre, dance is a key area of the performing arts. This unit will allow learners to develop dance skills in practical workshops and to demonstrate them in a performance piece. 

Unit 2: Taking Part in a performance

This unit will give learners experience of taking part in a performance as a performer. 

 

Summer Term

Unit 12: Exploring Musical Theatre Skills

Musical theatre is a popular and enduring form of theatrical entertainment. In this unit learners will explore the skills used by musical theatre performers, combining dancing, acting and singing skills.

Pops & Scenery

BTEC Performing Arts focusing on Props and Scenery is a hands on course that allows pupils to be actively involved in the technical aspects of a production. Pupils develop their skills over a three year period.

Pupils complete a series of four units that provide them with enough credits to achieve a BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Performing Arts. The four units in this case concentrate on the design, development and creation of props and scenery for a number of productions staged on a professional setting.

The units covered include;

Unit 2: Taking Part in a Performance

Unit 5: Preparing Performing Arts Work

Unit 6: Presenting Performing Arts Work

Unit 11: Exploring Design Skills for the Performing Arts

Pupils develop their practical skills by building, painting and situating scenery on stage. Pupils also work closely as team and with the director to ensure that all of the elements required for a show are achieved.

Pupils investigate existing productions and props, learn what it means to work as a team and take on responsibility for roles within the group.

 

Theatrical Hair & Make-up

BTEC Performing Arts focusing on Theatrical Hair & make up is a creative subject that allows pupils to research, design and create the looks for the characters for the whole school productions. Pupils develop their skills over a three year period.

Pupils complete a series of four units that provide them with enough credits to achieve a BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Performing Arts. The four units in this case concentrate on the design, development and creation of the character’s Theatrical Hair and Make-up requirements.

The units covered include;

Unit 2: Taking Part in a Performance

Unit 5: Preparing Performing Arts Work

Unit 6: Presenting Performing Arts Work

Unit 11: Exploring Design Skills for the Performing Arts

Pupils develop their practical skills by practising their final design on mannequins, before applying their skill to their chosen character. Pupils also work closely as team and with the director to ensure that all of the elements required for a show are achieved.

Pupil will research into different types of hair and makeup and why they are important for a character and a performance. They also learn what it means to work as a team and take on responsibility for roles within the group.