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Creative Pathway

PRODUCTION ARTS SPECIALISM

Leading to a PEARSON LEVEL 3 BTEC Foundation/Extended Diploma in Production Arts Practice (Design).

or

ACTING & WRITING FOR STAGE & SCREEN SPECIALISM

Leading to a PEARSON LEVEL 3 BTEC Foundation/Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Practice.

Interested in creating things and developing a craft? Do you want to make costumes, design and build sets, fabricate props, learn to act, and write scripts and screenplays?

At BOA Stage and Screen Production we place significant emphasis on work-readiness, project based learning and industry collaboration. This means the Creative pathway at BOA Stage and Screen Production academy is much, much more than the BTEC course alone. 

Students at BOA Stage and Screen will undertake a sequence of live industry projects, choosing roles, attending relevant workshops and classes, executing their roles, and keeping a journal and e-portfolio as evidence.

The content of the journal and e-portfolio will then be assessed against the BTEC course and criteria relevant to their pathway and choices.

There will be a number of milestone choices that students will make during their programme that will further define their pathway and identify the specific BTEC course that will underpin it.


Students pursuing a Creative Pathway will choose to follow one of the following 2 BTEC courses:

  • PRODUCTION ARTS SPECIALISM - Leading to a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma in Production Arts Practice [Design]
  • ACTING and WRITING for STAGE AND SCREEN SPECIALISM - Leading to a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma in Production Arts Practice 

Students will achieve the Diploma (worth 1.5 A’levels) at the end of their first year of study. They will then have the option to ‘top-up’ their BTEC to an Extended Diploma (worth 3 A’levels) in their second year of study.

 

PRODUCTION ARTS

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This pathway covers the following specialisms for film, television and theatre:

  • Set design and construction
  • Costume design and costume making
  • Wardrobe management
  • Wig making
  • Stage management
  • Props making
  • Make-up and hair

This pathway enables you to choose your own learning route. This could be in design, technical or management production roles or a combination of different roles from different areas. You are not required to study all the subject areas outlined above.

This course provides learning experiences through which you will develop a wide range of skills required within the production arts sector. Through practical exploration and real-life performance and film projects, you will develop and hone specialist design, creative, technical and management skills required to work successfully in this industry.

HOW WILL I LEARN?

You will develop essential industry knowledge and skills through a number of exciting projects led by industry professionals and Academy teachers. You will collaborate across pathways at BOA Stage and Screen Production Academy and will work closely with our sister school, Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA). You will work with directors, performers and other members of the production team to produce live performances and film projects.

You will be assessed through practical work on a variety of production projects and will be required to carry out coursework as part of your programme of study. Coursework is set in a variety of different ways at BOA Stage and Screen Production Academy. For example, you may decide that developing a website is the best way to showcase your skills. Other options for assessment could include an e-portfolio, presentation, video log or podcast. There are no formal written exams on this course.

Over the duration of your studies you will build a multimedia portfolio and logbook that tracks all of your experiences, roles and projects, and evidences your outcomes. You will reflect on how successful you have been and ear-mark those experiences which have been most useful. At key milestones throughout the course your portfolio will be assessed by authorised assessors based at the academy.

HOW IS THE COURSE STRUCTURED?

Foundation Year (Year 1)

Production Arts Skills Development

In this module you will develop a range of production skills and techniques. The areas in which you choose to study could include; set design and set construction, costume design and costume making, wardrobe management, wig making, stage management, props making, make-up and hair for film, television and theatre. You will carry out a number of roles on a variety of projects.

 

The Production Arts Industry

In this module you will take part in a range of sessions where you will explore the productions arts industry. This module will provide you with a thorough understanding of different roles within the production arts and how they work together as a team. As part of this module, you will explore current industry practice and procedures. You will explore employment opportunities that are available to you and will develop an understanding of the trade unions that will represent you should you go on to work professionally within the creative industries.

 

Extended Year (Year 2)

Personal Production Arts Profile

In this module you have the ability to choose production roles based on your specific areas of interest. You will create work that reflects your individual career goals. You will refine the skills developed in the foundation year modules and will explore ideas in your specific role. You will develop an individual project and will then create promotional material to use for your own progression into employment and will explore networking opportunities.

 

Collaborative Production Arts Project 

In this module you will collaborate with others to produce all the required elements for a live or filmed event in your individual production role of choice. You will work professionally and autonomously in your role and will demonstrate your ability in planning, designing, organising, collaborating and communicating to realise a full-scale production. In this module you will demonstrate the refined skills and knowledge developed in previous modules throughout the course.

What can THIS LEAD TO?

We have chosen to deliver the BTEC level 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma in Production Arts Practice because the BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are widely recognised by industry and universities alike as the ideal vocational training route into technical stage and screen careers.

Students who graduate BOA Stage and Screen Production Academy with this qualification will be well equipped to pursue careers in creative production and related disciplines.

Following successful completion of their course students may choose to transition straight in to full time employment in entry-level specialist roles, or they may choose to secure a higher apprenticeship or even go on to university.

 

Direct to Employment

The content, structure and assessment of this qualification have been developed in consultation with teachers, employers, professional bodies and academics to ensure that the qualification supports progression to higher education and, should learners choose to enter employment directly, that it is appropriate and consistent with current practice.

 

University and Higher Apprenticeships

The Extended Diploma, equivalent to three A Levels, is a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in production arts areas before entering employment.

 

 

 

ACTING & WRITING 

WhAT WILL I STUDY?

This pathway covers the following specialisms:

  • Contemporary acting techniques
  • Acting for screen
  • Writing for contemporary theatre, film and television

This pathway enables you to choose your own learning route. This could be in performing, writing, design, technical or management roles or a combination of different roles from different areas. You are not required to study all the subject areas outlined above.

This course provides learning experiences through which you will develop a wide range of skills required within the performing arts sector. Through practical exploration and real-life performance and film projects, you will develop and hone specialist design, creative, technical and management skills required to work successfully in this industry.

HOW WILL I LEARN?

You will develop essential industry knowledge and skills through a number of exciting projects led by industry professionals and Academy teachers. You will collaborate across pathways at BOA Stage and Screen Performing Academy and will work closely with our sister school, Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA). You will work with directors, performers and other members of the performing team to produce live performances and film projects.

You will be assessed through practical work on a variety of performing projects and will be required to carry out coursework as part of your programme of study. Coursework is set in a variety of different ways at BOA Stage and Screen Performing Academy. For example, you may decide that developing a website is the best way to showcase your skills. Other options for assessment could include an e-portfolio, presentation, video log or podcast. There are no formal written exams on this course.

Over the duration of your studies you will build a multimedia portfolio and logbook that tracks all of your experiences, roles and projects, and evidences your outcomes. You will reflect on how successful you have been and ear-mark those experiences which have been most useful. At key milestones throughout the course your portfolio will be assessed by authorised assessors based at the academy.

HOW IS THE COURSE STRUCTURED?

Foundation Year (Year 1)

Acting Skills Development

In this module you will develop a range of performing skills and techniques and encounter a wide variety of inspiring practitioners. You will carry out a number of roles on a variety of projects. Projects could include live and filmed performances. You will also have the opportunity to work on film and television projects in the film studio or out on location. You will have the opportunity to work on projects with industry professionals.

The Performing Arts Industry

In this module you will take part in a range of sessions where you will explore the performing arts industry. This module will provide you with a thorough understanding of different roles within the performing arts and how they work together as a team. As part of this module, you will explore current industry practice and procedures. You will explore employment opportunities that are available to you and will develop an understanding of the trade unions that will represent you should you go on to work professionally within the creative industries.

 

Extended Year (Year 2)

Personal Performing Arts Profile

In this module you have the ability to choose performing roles based on your specific areas of interest. You will create work that reflects your individual career goals. You will refine the skills developed in the foundation year modules and will explore ideas in your specific role. You will develop an individual project and will then create promotional material to use for your own progression into employment and will explore networking opportunities.

Collaborative Performing Arts Project 

In this module you will collaborate with others to produce all the required elements for a live or filmed event in your individual performing role of choice. You will work professionally and autonomously in your role and will demonstrate your ability in planning, writing, designing, organising, collaborating and communicating to realise a full-scale performing. In this module you will demonstrate the refined skills and knowledge developed in previous modules throughout the course.

WHAT CAN THIS LEAD TO?

We have chosen to deliver the BTEC level 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma in Creative Media Practice because the BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are widely recognised by industry and universities alike as the ideal vocational training route into technical stage and screen careers.

Students who graduate BOA Stage and Screen Production Academy with this qualification will be well equipped to pursue careers in film, television, video, sound, experience (VR, AR, 360), visual communication, digital media, marketing & promotion, live media events, and other technical media-related disciplines.

Following successful completion of their course students may choose to transition straight in to full time employment in entry-level specialist roles, or they may choose to secure a higher apprenticeship or even go on to university.

 

Direct to Employment

The content, structure and assessment of this qualification have been developed in consultation with teachers, employers, professional bodies and academics to ensure that the qualification supports progression to higher education and, should learners choose to enter employment directly, that it is appropriate and consistent with current practice.

 

University and Higher Apprenticeships

The Extended Diploma, equivalent to three A Levels, is a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in creative media areas before entering employment.