PERFORMING ARTS

EXTENDED DIPLOMA

Overview

The BRICTT Extended Diploma in Performing Arts is a two-year course designed specifically for the training performer entering further education. This highly practical vocational program will develop performance skills, exploring and improving the techniques required for acting, dancing and singing in a contemporary professional environment.

Over the two years of practical and theoretical study, you will gain a fundamental understanding of the way the industry works, and will be guided by specialist tutors and prominent industry professionals to help steer you towards your future study or career goals.

The Extended Diploma is currently delivered across two schools: BACA (Brighton Aldridge Community Academy) and PACA (Portslade Aldridge Community Academy), who are providing the BRICTT team with dedicated studios and purpose-built facilities to deliver what is has proven to be an innovative and unique program of study.

Successful completion of the course will gain you a nationally recognised RSL Extended Diploma qualification, equivalent to three A-levels – ideal for taking your first steps in into a career in performing arts, or continuing with study in the form of an Acting and Performing Arts degree at BRICTT and other highly renowned institutions.

UK and EU students aged 18 and under are eligible for funding in full (subject to academic requirements), and educational loans are available for UK students over the age of 24. This in keeping with the BRICTT ethos of extending high quality education and training to all, regardless of financial circumstance.

 

CORE TRAINING

BRICTT sets itself apart from other colleges and further education establishments with its equal focus on the rigorous vocational development of all three disciplines – acting, singing and dance – the fundamental requirements for all successful performers in today’s industry.

You will work in a focused and creative atmosphere alongside other motivated and like-minded individuals aiming for a career in the arts supported by a hugely experienced network of tutors, all of whom are practitioners working in the industry and many of whom also teach on our degree program. Prominent visiting professionals frequently lead workshops or participate in panels.

In keeping with our practical and vocational approach, there are a series of fully-realised productions (both internal and external) across the two years of study.

You will receive a minimum of 18.5 contact hours (14 core hours / 4.5 further exploration hours) delivering training across all three disciplines; Dancing, Acting and Singing.

 

FURTHER EXPLORATION

For 4.5(+) hours per week, students are able to deepen their exploration of some of the core disciplines, expanding their personal practice into further specialist areas.

In acting, further exploration classes include classical acting (Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatre and Greco-Roman Theatre), scene study/text analysis and acting for camera.

In dance, further exploration will focus and hone specific technical dance styles, including ballet, tap and jazz as well as working on individual dance technique.

In vocals, there is the potential to organise further, one to one vocal training with BRICTT professionals on an extracurricular basis to develop repertoire and expand on core styles.

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Training you to be mentally and physically resilient in an increasingly competitive and saturated industry is essential to the BRICTT ethos. Mindfulness is an essential class for every student on a weekly basis, nurturing a healthy attitude to self and others and developing a manageable and stress-free approach to workload and professional practise.

All BRICTT Extended Diploma locations have a dedicated and fully-trained Student Support team and offer one-to-one pastoral support in the form of bookable weekly tutorials.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Alongside your practical and academic classes, students are frequently required to prepare and simulate the experiences of the working industry.

In Performance Preparation classes, you will work alongside professional tutors and guests to experience other job roles within the industry, both backstage and administrative, in order to enhance your understanding of the theatre industry as a whole. You will also be required to prepare for mock audition assignments, testing out material in a safe environment before a panel of your tutors.

In Live Performance Workshop, you will bring together skills from all of your classes to create partially and fully realised theatre works, from dance numbers to plays to fully0-fledged musicals.

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Free to UK & EU students age 18 or under
(subject to academic requirements)

Year 1

Subject to change

  • Acting

    Good technique is essential if you wish to push your discipline to the next level. In the first year of Acting Technique classes you will cover various essentials for the actor’s toolkit, from classical Shakespearean approaches, through the ‘systems’ introduced by leading practitioners of the twentieth century to modern day film and TV techniques.

  • Dance

    As with all arts disciplines you need to start with a core grounding in technique. In dance you will start with Ballet as a fundamental, but also cover Dance Tech, Street Dance, Commercial and Contemporary, all styles which are currently used across the whole of the musical theatre and performing arts industry.

  • Vocals

    Vocal technique is where you start understanding your voice and how to use it safely, developing and extending your ability in not only your own, but other genres, making you a more versatile and confident singer. In vocal technique classes, you will cover solo and group singing in various styles, including Musical Theatre, Pop and Jazz.

  • Portfolio - Theatre business and Entrepreneurship

    It is important to remember that there’s much more to being successful in the arts industry than performing alone. In this lesson you will learn all about the entertainment industry and start to prepare yourself for a future within it.

  • Performance Preparation

    In Performance Preparation you’ll look at all the aspects that go towards a great performance, focussing on rehearsal technique, both for solo and ensemble performance. With your tutors and fellow performers, you will dissect and rehearse parts prior to your performance. The professionalism and attention to detail that’s taught here should set the standard for all performances to follow.

  • Live Performance Workshop

    This is where you get to put your hard work in Performance Preparation to the test, performing in front of an audience. Doing this on a regular basis will help you become a confident, well prepared, professional performer.

  • Theatre Context and Critical Theory

    Extended Studies gives the opportunity to recap and expand on the information covered in the course. It’s also a great chance for us to bring celebrity guest speakers in to help further your education and ensure you’re prepared for a future in the performing arts industry.

Year 2

Subject to change

  • Acting

    Following on from your first year, you will continue to build on those skills learnt but with specific focus on audition technique and musical theatre.

  • Dance

    Building on the core grounding developed in year one, you will continue with some dance technique but will also discover new styles such as Bollywood or urban tap, and develop your own choreography.

  • Vocals

    As your vocal technique develops, in these 2nd year classes there will be more of a focus on ensemble singing and its practical application in musical theatre, including studying revolutionary practitioners who have discovered techniques which are being utilised by West End professionals today in order to survive the rigour of eight shows a week.

  • Musical Theatre in Context

    Music Theatre in Context is where you’ll learn about the interaction between theatre and society. Here you’ll track back through history and study some of the most influential productions and performers, and the impact they’ve had on the arts and society as a whole.

  • Performance Preparation

    Performance Preparation will act as the platform for your Live Performance Workshops, only this year you’ll be looking in detail at increasingly challenging solo and ensemble pieces.

  • Live Performance Workshop

    Live Performance Workshop continues to be the weekly opportunity to perform in front of an audience, only now the standards are raised and professional quality will be the goal.

  • Theatre Context and Critical Theory

    Much like in Year 1, Extended Studies continues to give the opportunity to expand on content covered in the course. It’s also a great chance for us to bring more West End and Industry guests in to help further your education and ensure you’re prepared for a future in the performing arts industry.

Entry requirements:

Minimum requirements

If you’re applying to BRICTT for our Extended Diploma in Performing Arts course and are a UK-based student, you’ll need five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths.

Students who haven’t achieved these grades may be able to retake their GCSE English and Maths exams alongside their training on the Extended Diploma, at the discretion of the admissions team.

We’ll also expect you to attend a workshop audition for assessment. This will be an opportunity for you to showcase yourself and if successful we will offer you a place or you may be recalled for a second audition.

Productions and Events:

Recent Successes

Recent student productions and events include:

• Cabaret – to complete their first year of study, current students will perform one of Kander and Ebb’s most famous musicals this June

• Toys – a new musical revue performed at The Spire in Brighton

• Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth – performed in rep at The Spire in Brighton

• Extended Diploma students, alongside students from the degree program, opened a gala event at Brighton Dome with a fully realised commercial routine

• I Am What I Am – a musical theatre cabaret performance performed to an intimate invited audience at BACA

• The Crucible – performed at BRICTT House at the end of the first term

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How to apply

You can apply directly to BRICTT at brictt.co.uk. Alternatively, you can call our Admissions Team on 01273 603333 or email [email protected].

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The performing arts industries in the UK are an increasingly diversifying environment, and are seeing huge leaps and bounds moving forwards in inclusivity with regards to race, gender identity, sexuality and (dis)ability. BRICTT hopes to champion and spearhead a further diversification in performing arts training that allows for accessibility, inclusion and acceptance.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance:
Full-time
Length of course:
2 Years
Validated by:
RSL
Delivery organisation:
BRICTT
Language of study:
English
Final award:
RSL Extended Diploma qualification, equivalent to three A-levels
Location:
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy

Teaching this course

Diploma Tutors

We have a wide range of industry connections, including Broadway and West End producers, film and TV production houses, casting directors, talent agents in both London and LA, West End theatre directors, choreographers, technicians and creatives.