Performing Arts Skills Programme

Overview

 

It will equip qualifying learners with basic competencies in the performing arts in order to work as actors and dancers.​  This programme consists of 5 modules and it is presented over a period of 3-months.  This is a credit-bearing course.

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This is a full-time programme only running from 7 January 2020 - 31 March 2020.

MDG is an academic institution and not responsible for securing employment for our students/graduates. 

Application requirements:

Age:

Minimum age: 18 

Maximum age: 25

Grade 12:

Compulsory or equivalent vocational training.  Current Grade 12 (or equivalent vocational learners) can apply with their latest school progress report.

 

Languages:

Passed two on grade 12 senior (matric) certificate level (or equivalent) - not less than 50%. 

One of which must be English.

Citizenship:

Only South African citizens.

Fees:

Free except R350 registration. 

Application process:

 

Apply by clicking on the Apply button. The system will automatically detect any disqualifying criteria and terminate your application if you do not meet our requirements.

If you meet all our application requirements, the system will let you submit your application.  Once we have reviewed your application, we will contact you with further information.  Please do not contact us - we process high volumes of applications.

Modules:

* Rehearse performance form​ (8-credits)

The purpose of this unit standard is to prepare learners for performance in one performance form, by allowing them the opportunity to practice it.

Learners credited with this unit standard are capable of:

  • Using elements of performance craft and physical technique in a performance form.

  • Developing a character, role or message.

  • Working in a group in rehearsals and classes.

  • Displaying effective presentation skills.

  • Using a variety of performance techniques and terminology.

  • Interpreting performance texts with some basic understanding of context. 

* Analyse performance texts in context ​​ (10-credits)

The purpose of this unit standard is to provide learners with the skills basic to the appreciation and understanding of performance in order to become competent performers and practitioners.

Learners credited with this unit standard are capable of:

  • Analysing existing performance texts in the context of their conception (original intention and worldview) and reception (in the past and present)

  • Describing the relationships between performances and their historical, social, political, cultural, economic and theatrical contexts

  • Identifying generic principles underlying performance forms [Range of generic principles include: human interaction, physical interaction, role and character, dramatic structure, focus and dramatic tension, movement and dramatic action, sound, music and voice, language and text, space and time, theme and intention, genre, mood, symbol and contrast.]

  • Identifying culture-specific elements of performance forms in texts and performances. [Range of culture specific elements include: specific performance conventions, specific use of language or music, specific styles of performance arising from cultural influences etc.]

  • Reflecting on and evaluating performance using all embedded knowledge

  • Decoding symbolic levels of meaning

  • Applying analysis to performance in order to better communicate meaning and express ideas

  • Using research skills within a supervised environment​​

* Perform performance form​ (15-credits)

The purpose of this unit standard is to prepare learners to perform competently in one performance form.

Learners credited with this unit standard are capable of:

  • Presenting a performance that engages the audience using appropriate elements of performance craft and physical technique.

  • Developing a character, role or message using appropriate knowledge of performance text, contexts, methodologies and approaches.

  • Integrating elements of performance using all appropriate knowledge of performance methods and performance craft.

  • Critically reflecting on and evaluating performance using all embedded knowledge.

  • Working in a group, accepting constructive criticism, using knowledge of group dynamics and communication techniques within the performance context.

  • Displaying effective presentation skills including the use of technologies and performance conventions.

  • Using a variety of performance techniques and terminology.

  • Responding to the performance context, by applying appropriate conventions (theatrical/cultural).

  • Interpreting performance texts within the appropriate context. 

* Practice physical techniques for communication in performance​ (20-credits)

The purpose of this unit standard is the establishment of a sound foundational competence in the physical techniques required for communication in performance.

Learners who are credited with this unit standard have developed and consolidated skills, knowledge, values and attitudes in their performance technique, form and style. 
Those credited with this unit standard are capable of:

  • Expressing and communicating ideas, thoughts and feelings using techniques, elements, principles and the vocabulary of their chosen performance forms

  • Preparing the body as an instrument of expression taking into account principles of safe practice

  • Using instruments, objects or technologies specific to the chosen performance form for communication and expression

  • Adhering to human rights and responsibilities in relation to performance conventions and protocols. 

* Use audience responses in performing (5-credits)

The purpose of this unit standard is to prepare learners to perform in front of live audiences and to use the feedback they receive to improve their performances.

Learners credited with this unit standard are capable of: 

  • Identifying the characteristics of a receptive and discriminating audience

  • Identifying the composition and attitude of audiences

  • Analysing audience responses

  • Honing their performance to elicit the intended effect from the audience

  • Using appropriate elements of performance craft and physical technique to sustain engagement with the audience

  • Critically reflecting on and evaluating their own performances

  • Strategising for future performances within the context of the direction of the performance 

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