Why Study Performing Arts?
People choose to study performing arts subjects for many different reasons and there are many personal benefits to getting involved, whether it is as a prospective career or just because you enjoy it.
Performing in front of a large, or even a small audience can be very daunting but during rehearsals you will grow in confidence as your skills improve and you will be able to use this new-found confidence in every aspect of your life.
Communication is a key part of what makes performing arts a success, whether it’s the actor or musician communicating with the audience, the director communicating with the actor or the choreographer communicating with the dancer - their jobs will only work together successfully if everyone communicates and cooperates. Therefore, involvement in the performing arts will improve and develop your interpersonal skills.
There is evidence to suggest that involvement in Music, Dance and Drama can improve your concentration levels in other subjects, as well as adding a new depth of knowledge and understanding to other subject areas. There are also spiritual and psychological benefits, as the performing arts encourage self-discipline, self-expression, calmness and fulfilment.
The Performing Arts Department at Oldham Sixth Form College has an excellent record of achievement and was classified as ‘Outstanding’ in the last OFSTED inspection. In course reviews students are complimentary about all aspects of the department from facilities, to teaching and individual support. One student remarked: ‘I just love it all’.