The HNC Programme in Performing Arts is an excellent option for anyone who wishes to continue their performing arts training from sixth form, 18+ (adult learners welcome). We have three specialist pathways in Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre. The courses also include full cohort units where all pathways work together. The course is designed to improve students’ skills and understanding of the industry as well as preparing them for the next step of their potential career, through more H.E training or directly into the industry. The course is delivered by a vibrant team of industry professionals utilising creativity and performance opportunities as much as possible which enhances the student experience.

HNC Programme in performing arts – ACTING

LEVEL 4*

DURATION
8 months, full-time.

COURSE DATES
September 2022 – Easter 2023

TIMETABLE
9AM-5PM Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, plus independent study.

FEES**
£6000, scholarships and instalment plans available.

COURSE CONTENT
CORE UNITS:

• The Performing Arts Industry
• Professional Development
• Acting
• Jazz Dance
• Singing

ACTING UNITS:
• Movement for Actors
• Voice and Speech for Actors
• Devising Theatre and Performance

This intensive and highly practical course is designed to prepare students for further study at drama school or university. The focus of the course is to build strong foundations in technique and skills whilst coaching students through audition preparation and process. Students will work alongside those on other pathways to develop core skills across acting, dance and singing which will be complemented by specialist units in artform-specific areas.

In Movement for Actors students will consider the importance of developing an expressive body as an essential component of their performance toolkit. Students will acquire foundation skills in suppleness, strength and agility, which will facilitate the development of movement capability and physical presence.

In Voice and Speech for Actors students will explore the fundamental principles of vocal performance and how sound is formed physiologically. Students will learn technique and exercises that can be used to develop an expressive and flexible vocal instrument capable of meeting the demands of professional work.

In Devising Theatre and Performance students will develop a creative toolbox of methods, ideas and techniques that could all be applied to devised work. Practical work will be developed using multiple contemporary devising processes, including use of movement, text and ensemble, developing an appreciation of the entire creative process from stimulus to final product.

ASSESSMENT
Assignments, projects and practical tasks completed throughout the course.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Students will be expected to demonstrate relevant previous learning at A-Level or equivalent alongside practical ability.

Age: 18+, adult learners welcome.

GREAT FOR…
College/sixth form leavers who are committed to a career in the performing arts.

APPLICATION
To apply, complete the Application Form

*Students who successfully complete this course will gain a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a recognised level 4 qualification equivalent to a university or vocational training school foundation year.

**Some students may be eligible for support with fees from local charitable trusts. The Garage team is happy to provide a list of organisations that can be approached for financial assistance. All fundraising must be complete prior to the start of the course.

HNC Programme in Performing Arts – DANCE

LEVEL 4*

DURATION
8 months, full-time.

COURSE DATES
September 2022 – Easter 2023

TIMETABLE
9AM-5PM Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, plus independent study.

FEES**
£6000, scholarships and instalment plans available.

COURSE CONTENT
CORE UNITS:
• The Performing Arts Industry
• Professional Development
• Acting
• Jazz Dance
• Singing

DANCE UNITS:
• Choreography
• Contemporary Dance
• Ballet

The HNC Intensive Dance programme provides rigorous training designed to prepare students for further study at dance school or university. The course will focus on the essential technique and repertoire required for a career in dance, whilst coaching students through audition preparation and process. Students will work alongside those on other pathways to develop core skills across dance, acting, and singing, which will be complemented by specialist units in art form specific areas.

In Choreography students will be given an overview of choreography, establishing an understanding of what goes into dance making. They will also explore the history of movement as an art form, how to construct an original piece of choreography and develop an understanding of choreography as a chosen career pathway.

In Contemporary Dance students will gain a grounding in contemporary dance technique; achieving greater control over their creativity and agency to grow as unique artists. Students will improve the quality of their movement through dance combinations, the learning of modern dance language, contemporary dance technique and by developing a stronger relationship with musicality and creativity.

In Ballet students will study the vocabulary and enchaînements of classical ballet. In addition, students will investigate different approaches to ballet which inform technique and style, considering how they relate to personal factors such as facility, physicality and prior experience.

ASSESSMENT
Assignments, projects and practical tasks completed throughout the course.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Students will be expected to demonstrate relevant previous learning at A-Level or equivalent alongside practical ability.

Age: 18+, adult learners welcome.

GREAT FOR…
College/sixth form leavers who are committed to a career in the performing arts.

APPLICATION
To apply, fill in the Application Form 

*Students who successfully complete this course will gain a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a recognised level 4 qualification equivalent to a university or vocational training school foundation year.

**Some students may be eligible for support with fees from local charitable trusts. The Garage team is happy to provide a list of organisations that can be approached for financial assistance. All fundraising must be complete prior to the start of the course.

HNC PROGRAMME IN PERFORMING ARTS – MUSICAL THEATRE

LEVEL 4*

DURATION
8 months, full-time.

COURSE DATES
September 2022 – Easter 2023 

TIMETABLE
9AM-5PM Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, plus independent study

FEES**
£6000, scholarships and instalment plans available.

COURSE CONTENT
CORE UNITS:
• The Performing Arts Industry
• Professional Development
• Acting
• Jazz Dance
• Singing

MUSICAL THEATRE UNITS:
• Ensemble Singing
• Choreography
• Voice and Speech for Actors

This dynamic and comprehensive course is designed to prepare students for further study at dance/drama school or university. The course encompasses aspects of dance, acting and singing to build a ‘triple threat’ of skills whilst coaching students through audition preparation and process. Students will work alongside those on other pathways to develop core skills across which will be complemented by specialist units in artform-specific areas.

In Ensemble Singing students will develop skills including relative pitch, the singing of major scales and arpeggios, listening to and reproducing melodic lines, singing a capella, copying and identifying metre and rhythm, and developing internal timekeeping. Students will acquire knowledge of the rudiments of music notation and score reading and learn to sing simple and more complex melodies at sight.

In Voice and Speech for Actors students will explore the fundamental principles of vocal performance and how sound is formed physiologically. Students will learn technique and exercises that can be used to develop an expressive and flexible vocal instrument capable of meeting the demands of professional work.

In Choreography students will be given an overview of choreography, establishing an understanding of what goes into dance making. They will also explore the history of movement as an art form, how to construct an original piece of choreography and develop an understanding of choreography as a chosen career pathway.

ASSESSMENT
Assignments, projects and practical tasks completed throughout the course.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Students will be expected to demonstrate relevant previous learning at A-Level or equivalent alongside practical ability.

Age: 18+, adult learners welcome.

GREAT FOR…
College/sixth form leavers who are committed to a career in the performing arts.

APPLICATION
To apply, fill in the Application Form

*Students who successfully complete this course will gain a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a recognised level 4 qualification equivalent to a university or vocational training school foundation year.

**Some students may be eligible for support with fees from local charitable trusts. The Garage team is happy to provide a list of organisations that can be approached for financial assistance. All fundraising must be complete prior to the start of the course.

ALUMNI NETWORK – SHUD THEATRE

As a new student here at The Garage you automatically become a member of SHUD Theatre.

SHUD Theatre is the name given to our HNC alumni group, with opportunities at least twice a year to perform in shows both in and out of our base in Norwich. Born out of the Edinburgh Experience, offered to new HNC students as of 2019, SHUD Theatre is now expanding to include all students past and present as a HQ for opportunities, updates and theatre-making.

Being intrinsically linked to The Garage but maintaining its own identity, SHUD benefits from the best support available from a professional arts centre whilst being free to explore themes and content that might not normally fit within The Garage’s family-friendly branding. Through our annual summer show and other productions throughout the year, SHUD Theatre as a production company aims to push you as creative performers whilst working with you to create world-class theatre.

SHUD THEATRE: STYLE

SHUD Theatre is a physical theatre company that focuses on new writing, movement and innovative creative processes. Exploring hard-hitting narratives and the fringes of society, SHUD combines the raw edge of punchy, naturalistic drama with the expressionistic evocations of tightly choreographed dance to deliver one-of-a-kind productions.

Headed up by Artistic Directors Diccon Hogger and Sam Webber, SHUD Theatre comprises of students past and present on The Garage Trust’s HNC Performing Arts Course. With rotating casts/creatives at all stages of their careers, the combined artistic talent allows SHUD to push creative boundaries to produce work that is fresh, exciting and always relevant in form and theme.

OTHER BENEFITS
  • Access to our professional mentoring programme
  • Access to FREE Participation Programme Classes (12 months)
  • Invite to join our performance companies
  • Studying in a professional performing arts organisation
  • Performance opportunities
  • Workshops/ masterclasses and performance trips
  • Higher Education training – Universities, Dance and Drama Colleges and Musical Theatre Courses
  • Employment in the industry directly from the course
  • Continued support and advice for our Alumni
  • Alumni Performance Company – SHUD Theatre – Workshops, CPD, performance opportunities
PREVIOUS STUDENTS FROM THE HNC PROGRAMME IN PERFORMING ARTS RECEIVED OFFERS OF FURTHER TRAINING FROM:

University of Essex, University of Exeter, Bird College, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Guilford School of Acting, LIPA, University of East Anglia and Norwich University of the Arts

Need more information?

Email us on education@thegarage.org.uk or call 01603 283382