Phat Swan is a unique course set up to provide continued skills development for students who wish to take a gap year after Level 3 or A-Levels before auditioning for drama school or higher education. The course also provides students who were unsuccessful in obtaining a place at drama school an opportunity to stay focused before applying the following year. The course continues skills development and provides support for application and audition preparation.
Acting as an industry-model theatre company, Phat Swan looks at contemporary works and creating high quality performances - essential to give students a platform to apply for drama schools. Alongside practical work, the students will build a portfolio by looking at professional practice within industry, building a CV, taking on budgeting and scheduling responsibilities, getting professional headshots and undertaking self-promotion.
Following the Rep model, students will work as a cohesive company to develop and perform two pieces of contemporary work throughout the 35 weeks. They will perform in-house to local schools and colleges, and also take performances to an outside venue. This will incorporate workshop facilitation skills which are essential to working in a theatre company. Phat Swan will push the student, focusing on writers and performance styles not covered on Level 3 programmes. Using contemporary work keeps students up-to-date with industry knowledge, thus widening range and experience in preparation for future applications to drama schools. Audition preparation will also be a key focus.
As well as the practical elements of the course, students will complete a QCF L3 Grade 8 Trinity Certificate in Acting Performance.
On receipt of an application, students will be contacted to confirm a date for their audition and interview. Audition information will be provided at this time.
You will need: 3 A-Levels, Level 3 qualification or Extended Diplomal; performance skills necessary to produce and perform to a professional standard; commitment and a passion towards creating high quality performance work; commitment to applying for drama schools and the drive to maintain/improve skills between auditions.
Accommodation is available on site. Please enquire for further information.
Students will be fully funded if they are 18 when starting the course.
*Free of charge if you are aged 18 at the start of the course. If not, a fee of £4,200 will apply.
Note: this course is not eligible for an advance learner loan.