Performing Arts

The Pneumatix Performing Arts Academy aims to elevate our student to an intense level of professionalism. Within the academy we provide three directions for a student to specialise in: drama, dance and music, with the intention of producing a well-rounded stage and/or film performer with outstanding poise and confidence. The training provided will equip students as entrepreneurs in their field as well as for auditions and a career as a performer.

This industry, and this course, is not for the faint hearted. The prospective student should be able to produce creative work within a high-stress environment while keeping to a tight schedule. The student should be able to work long hours and under pressure. The candidate must have the ambition, drive and determination to create their own work, attend auditions and relentlessly market their own skills in the industry.

The Performing Arts Academy has the intention of producing performers who provide what is known in the industry as a “Triple Threat” - outstanding in all fields of drama, dance and music (vocal or instrumental). That is, and all-rounder who shows all round excellence!

The Performing Arts course is also developed to train students in their area of strength and this includes music, vocals, dance, acting on stage and film. That is to say, if the student does not have the desire to be trained up as a “triple threat”, but has other skills in the performing arts, these can be developed and honed to excellence. To this end we have carefully structured the academy’s programme to allow students to be either Triple Major, Double Major OR Single Major students.

Admission Requirements

Candidates with Grade 12 qualification will be invited for an audition and an interview in front of a panel. The physical ability will contribute 35%, movement quality 25% and communication skills 45% towards the final admission score. A R400,00 Application fee has to be paid with delivery of application forms.

Career Options After Studies

  • Stage performer
  • Film performer
  • Make-Up artist
  • Professional dancer
  • Script writer
  • Director
  • Set and props builder
  • Stage manager
  • Drama teacher
  • Dance teacher (Ballet, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop)
  • Music teacher
  • Horton Instructor

Highest Level Of Qualification

The Drama Teachers or Performers qualification is done through Trinity College of London and the Music Theory and Vocals through London College of Music. Dance grades are done through Association of International Dance Teachers (AIDT) and Theatre Dance Association (TDA). All our Partners are internationally accredited, so all our qualified students would be able to go overseas and perform or teach globally.
Depending on the students own personal progress, he or she may obtain the following:
  • Degree with Licentiate in Drama Performers or Licentiate in Teaching Drama - (NQF Level 7)
  • Pop and Rock or Classical Vocals Grade 8 Certificate
  • Music Theory Grade 8 Certificate
  • Modern Advance Certificate
  • Tap Gold Higher Certificate
  • Ballet Advance 2 Certificate
  • Hip Hop Grade 12 Certificate
  • Modern, Tap, Ballet and Hip Hop Teachers

Duration Of Course

3 Years or 4 Years, depending on how many Majors you picked to follow.

Course Excludes

  • Handbooks and DVD’s
  • External Examination Fees
  • Examination Props, Costumes and Materials
  • Make-Up Kit
  • Music
  • Dance Gear
  • Specialised workshops
  • Competitions
  • Portfolio photos and agent membership
  • Pneumatix branded gear for events and ministry (Jacket, hoodie, shirt, trolley bag), approximately R2500 for first year students, optional for second to fourth years.
  • Food costs

Course Includes

The set fee for this course includes accommodation on the Campus.

Exposure

Students will be challenged in various experiences areas such as giving weekly teachings in the local community, on tour shows and compositions. We encourage students to take part in as many opportunities that their schedule allows to get them industry ready and confident in what they love.

Tour

The whole of Pneumatix student group goes on tour twice a year for six weeks and then do productions at Schools and Churches. On a weekly basis practices and rehearsals are scheduled for preparation of these performances. Students get practical experience of script writing, handling of costumes and props, technical setup training, dancing and performing on these tour productions.

Course Outline

1ST YEAR PERFORMING ARTS

All 1st year Performing Arts Academy students will be required to select in advance their direction of study; i.e. either a Single, Double or Triple Major.

The following describes the required subjects for each Major direction, with the possible electives for each ancillary direction. If the student chooses a Double Major, then the electives for those majors (or all in the case of a Triple Major) become redundant.

DRAMA MAJOR:

  • Acting 1
  • Theatre Studies 1
  • Make-Up and Costumes 1
  • Drama Group Performance (Trinity Grade 8)
  • Backstage Training 1
  • Drama Vocals
  • Horton

Dance Electives for a Drama Single Major:

  • Musical Theatre Dance (compulsory)
  • Jazz (compulsory)
  • Fitness (optional)

Music Electives for a Drama Single Major:

  • 1st Instrument (optional)

DANCE MAJOR:

  • Ballet and Pas de Deux
  • Tap
  • Modern
  • Hip Hop
  • Anatomy
  • Horton
  • Fitness
  • Lynotherapy

Drama Electives for a Dance Single Major:

  • Acting 1 (compulsory)
  • Make-up and Costumes 1 (optional)

Music Electives for a Dance Single Major:

  • 1st Instrument (optional)

MUSIC MAJOR:

  • Music Theory 1
  • Music Business 1
  • 1st Instrument
  • 2nd Instrument
  • Ensemble
  • Song Writing
  • Music Culture
  • Aural

Drama Electives for a Music Single Major:

  • Acting 1 (compulsory)
  • Make-up and Costumes 1 (optional)

Dance Electives for a Music Single Major:

  • Horton (optional)
  • Fitness (optional)

2ND YEAR PERFORMING ARTS

Students in their 2nd year would be well-established in their directions as either Single, Double or Triple Majors. If a student would desire to change up from Single to Double Major or Double to Triple Major, this would be possible. However, the student must then realise there is a cost difference in the courses as well as the necessity to bring the various subjects up to a level which will equate to time. This is especially applicable to the various dance genre and music grades and with the Trinity drama curriculum which requires the Grade 8 qualification before registration for the ATCL.

The following describes the required subjects for each Major direction, with the possible electives for each ancillary direction. If the student chooses a Double Major, then the electives for those majors (or all in the case of a Triple Major) become redundant.

At this juncture for both Drama and Dance Majors, it becomes necessary to decide on the possibility of studying towards a teaching qualification. The drama curriculum does NOT allow both a performer AND a teaching qualification. Performing Arts Academy fees allow the student to select ONE dance teaching qualification. Additional dance teaching qualifications are possible, but at additional costs determined by that particular genre and organisation.

DRAMA MAJOR:

  • Acting 2
  • Theatre Studies 2
  • Make-Up and Costumes 2
  • Performance ATCL / Teaching ATCL (ATCL = Associate Trinity College London =
  • NQF level 6)
  • Backstage Training 2
  • Drama Vocals
  • Horton

Dance Electives for a Drama Single Major:

  • Musical Theatre Dance (compulsory)
  • Jazz (compulsory)
  • Fitness (optional)

Music Electives for a Drama Single Major:

  • 1st Instrument (optional)

DANCE MAJOR:

  • Ballet and Pas de Deux
  • Tap
  • Modern
  • Hip Hop
  • Anatomy
  • Horton
  • Fitness
  • Lynotherapy
  • Teachers Ballet / Tap / Modern / Hip Hop (one of included in course fees but NOT compulsory, more than one possible at additional costs)

Drama Electives for a Dance Single Major:

  • Acting 2 (compulsory)
  • Make-up and Costumes 2 (optional)

Music Electives for a Dance Single Major:

  • 1st Instrument (optional)

MUSIC MAJOR:

  • Music Theory 2
  • Music Business 2
  • 1st Instrument
  • 2nd Instrument
  • Ensemble
  • Song Writing
  • Music Culture
  • Aural

Drama Electives for a Music Single Major:

  • Acting 2 (optional)
  • Make-up and Costumes 2 (optional)

Dance Electives for a Music Single Major:

  • Horton (optional)
  • Fitness (optional)

3RD YEAR PERFORMING ARTS

For a 3rd year Performing Arts Academy student who has selected to be a Single Major, this will be the final year of studies, with the exception of a Dance Major who may elect to study for a fourth year in order to progress even further in the dance grades and perhaps teaching qualifications. The cost of this fourth year for a Single Major (Dance) will not change.

The following describes the required subjects for each Major direction, with the possible electives for each ancillary direction. Electives are fewer in the third year to offer more time to focus on the major subjects, and no electives available to Music Single Majors.

For drama majors there is a continuance with the chosen direction of teaching or performer qualification in terms of the LTCL. Again both are not possible. Drama subjects shown with a “3 & 4” indicate an accelerated track of study which is spread over 2 years for the Double and Triple Major courses. Dance majors may continue with their teachers qualifications, one of which is included in the course fees. It is also assumed that a Dance Major will elect to continue with all 4 dance genres. However, this is NOT compulsory, BUT a discount on course fees if all four are not followed is NOT POSSIBLE.

DRAMA MAJOR:

  • Acting 3 & 4
  • Theatre Studies 3 & 4
  • Make-Up and Costumes 3 & 4
  • Performance LTCL / Teaching LTCL (LTCL = Licentiate Trinity College London = NQF level 7)
  • Backstage Training 3 & 4
  • Applied Theatre Studies
  • Drama Vocals
  • Horton

Dance Electives for a Drama Single Major:

  • Musical Theatre Dance (optional)
  • Jazz (optional)
  • Fitness (optional)

DANCE MAJOR:

  • Ballet and Pas de Deux
  • Tap
  • Modern
  • Hip Hop
  • Anatomy
  • Horton
  • Fitness
  • Lynotherapy
  • Teachers Ballet / Tap / Modern / Hip Hop (one of included in course fees but NOT compulsory, more than one possible at additional costs)

Drama Electives for a Dance Single Major:

  • Acting 3 (optional)
  • Make-up and Costumes 3 (optional)

MUSIC MAJOR:

  • Music Theory 3
  • Music Business 3
  • 1st Instrument
  • 2nd Instrument (optional)
  • Ensemble (optional for Double & Triple Majors)
  • Song Writing
  • Music Culture
  • Aural

Drama Electives for a Music Single Major:

  • Acting 3 (optional)
  • Make-up and Costumes 3 (optional)

Dance Electives for a Music Single Major:

  • Horton (optional)
  • Fitness (optional)

4TH YEAR PERFORMING ARTS

A 4th year Performing Arts Academy student is essentially one who has chosen to study towards a Double or Triple Major. It is not possible to complete the LTCL in one year whilst studying Dance. It is accepted that a Double or Triple Major who studies with dance may not elect to follow all four dance genres into their fourth year, but the hours of class and own work required to complete the various dance curricula does not allow for a successful LTCL in only one year. Hence the fourth year which provides the opportunity to maximise the students qualifications in terms of multiple dance genres and dance teaching qualifications, whilst completing the LTCL. It is also possible to complete a music diploma from the London College of Music in this time (a fourth year of music).

The following describes the required subjects for each major direction. No electives are offered or required in the 4th year.

DRAMA MAJOR:

  • Acting 4
  • Theatre Studies 4
  • Make-Up and Costumes 4
  • Performance LTCL / Teaching LTCL (LTCL = Licentiate Trinity College London = NQF level 7)
  • Backstage Training 4
  • Drama Vocals
  • Horton

DANCE MAJOR:

  • Ballet and Pas de Deux
  • Tap
  • Modern
  • Hip Hop
  • Anatomy
  • Horton
  • Fitness
  • Lynotherapy
  • Teachers Ballet / Tap / Modern / Hip Hop (one of included in course fees but NOT compulsory, more than one possible at additional costs)

MUSIC MAJOR:

  • Music Theory 4 (Licentiate London College of Music = NQF level 7)
  • 1st Instrument
  • 2nd Instrument (optional)
  • Ensemble (optional)
  • Song Writing
  • Aura

COURSE FEES

Single Major = R65,000 per year
Double Major = R67,500 per year
Triple Major = R72,500 per year

Additional dance teachers qualifications = R3500 per year

All examination fees will be invoiced to students and are NOT included in course fees.