Performing and Production Arts

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma


Performing and Production Arts

Why should I study this course?


Exciting, new course available from September 2020! 

Based on campus at NAPA and at Wilberforce College, you will be taught by NAPA specialists who have a passion and a drive to ensure students have the best possible chance of accessing the industry they care so much about.

For more information about NAPA visit their website and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) – Here you will get a chance to explore NAPA’s school which has been established for over 15 years and has a strong reputation in high quality performance and production values. 

If you want to develop your performance skills in an industry-based environment, then this course is for you. This course is designed to offer practical based teaching to develop the skills and training you need to take your performance training to the next level. 

It’s a competitive industry and this course provides you with practical high-level industry experience, taught by staff who have worked in the business and have a long history in guiding students onto pathways within the performance industries. You can see examples of some of NAPA’s alumni on their website.

If you want to immerse yourself into the world of rehearsals in a professional environment and develop your skills across all 3 performance disciplines this is the course for you. This course also offers excellent opportunities to explore production-based roles such as design, direction, stage management and all production roles. This will result in an all-round experience and knowledge of the industry placing you in a strong position for further training in your chosen pathway.

What will I study?

This qualification covers an extensive range of units which allows those with an interest in the Performing Arts to explore, develop and test their creativity. Unlike a traditional BTEC course int his field, UAL [University of Arts London] gives specialists the freedom to deliver a practical training throughout the duration of the course guiding its students towards industry standards and expectations.

The unique delivery style of this course will be structured so that Unit content is covered within projects set throughout the year, giving the students the opportunity to develop and focus their skills sets across time.

The projects throughout the duration of the course will give opportunities for students to nurture a variety of skill sets which are all vital for the industry. The following are examples of some skills this project based learning course offers its students:

  • Strong training in all areas of Performing – an opportunity to focus your practice on your individual strengths and weakness
  • Understanding the industry as a whole – opportunities to explore a variety of creative roles including production
  • Audition skills and developing material
  • Self-marketing – self presentation in line with industry expectations
  • Presentations, pitches within the industry and public speaking
  • Support and guidance in applications for further training
  • High standard performance and production opportunities
  • Knowledge of professional practice standards and the expectations of the professional world of performance and production.

This course is designed to allow professional development which supports your own learning and journey towards achievement of personal ambitions.

Examination board

UAL (University of the Arts, London) have a strong reputation for a variety of courses within the creative sectors.

“We work with tutors, students and creative industry professionals to create outstanding qualifications - helping students progress to higher education or employment. Our qualifications are designed with education and industry partners, so they provide students with the latest knowledge and skills.”

How is the course assessed?

Unit skills will be internally assessed throughout the course and specific projects and verified through portfolios of evidence and practical workshops, rehearsals and performances. These are also subject to external quality assurance.

What will the course prepare me for?

Further training on degree level courses at specialist schools in all performance disciplines and production roles and employment within the Performing Arts and creative industries.

Private study

What materials will I need to provide?

You will be informed of any specific clothing and footwear requirements in the first few lessons.

How will I be taught?

Based on campus at NAPA in Hull City Centre and at Wilberforce College, students will benefit from outstanding professional, practical and academic teaching all led by the NAPA staff. This will result in the students gaining high-level industry experience in all three performance disciplines and production.

The students will also benefit from the advantage of being taught at NAPA and having access to all the specialist staff and facilities it houses including their fully equipped rehearsal studios, studio theatre, wardrobe department, props and furniture department.  

This course is for you if...

You have a passion for Performing Arts and would like to develop your performance skills in all 3 disciplines and explore a variety of production roles. This course provides an all-round practical training that will provide you with the skills you will need to get into the performance and creative industries.

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What are the course requirements?

Four or more GCSE grades 9 - 4 or equivalent in at least three subjects including Grade 3 in GCSE English Language.

In order to secure a place on this popular course you will be required to audition.  Normally, (see below for COVID-19 update) the details for this would be as follows:

Monday 22nd June  

Once you have applied for the course you will be given a solo time slot for your audition which will take place at the NAPA building.

Solo Audition - In front of a small panel of NAPA Staff - To include:

  • A short discussion on your performance ability, history and knowledge
  • Candidates must perform a monologue of their own choice - See guidance below:
    • Monologue must be taken from a published play
    • Last no longer than 2 minutes
    • Be delivered in your own accent
    • All lines must be learnt
  • Candidates must also perform another piece for the panel – This can be taken from any discipline [Dance/Acting/Musical Theatre] This is an opportunity for you to show the panel what you can do! See guidance belowCandidates must also perform another piece for the panel – This can be taken from any discipline [Dance/Acting/Musical Theatre] This is an opportunity for you to show the panel what you can do! See guidance below:
    • Last no longer than 2 minutes
    • Any music used must be as a recorded backing track and brought on a CD [No accompanist available]
    • If your chosen discipline is Acting please present a contrasting piece to the one delivered previously

COVID-19 update: We're asking for self-tape auditions which will need to be with us by 18th June and then we'll arrange a video chat for sometime on 22nd of June. Full details here.NAPA Audition - Self Tape Guidance

Any questions regarding the audition process please contact,uk at NAPA.

What skills do I need?

You will need a range of Performance Skills such as acting or dancing alongside being confident. You would also benefit from being a quick and self-reflective learner.