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Performing Arts

Prove you’re a class act with this course. You will develop the vocal and physical skills needed to shine on stage and on screen. You will explore acting styles such as naturalism, epic, surrealism and physical theatre through scripted and devised projects. You will also develop skills in voice and movement through our musical theatre project. Working in performance venues ranging from a Greek style amphitheatre, studio performance space and even a cattle auction, we support you in your development to gain the skills you will need to succeed in the industry.

Our Performance facilities include a TV and Drama Studio, Radio Station and a large Performance Hall with state of the art lighting and sound system, sprung floor and audience seating for 100. You will take part in exciting theatre and live art projects which give you the opportunity to gain professional experience making and managing new performance work. Craven College tutors are all professional performance subject specialists in the Performing Arts industry and will help develop your skills in Acting, Singing, Dance and Technical Theatre. They have strong links with regional theatres, television and film companies and organise visits from industry professionals and trips to theatre and performance venues. With specialist units in Acting, Musical Theatre, Devising, Voice, Dance and Directing you will be able to expand your repertoire and depth of skills in a number of directions. As we have a full range of arts courses, you will have the opportunity to work with students from Media Make-up, Media, Fashion and Photography, giving you an all-round insight into the performance industry.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1-2 Years
depending on Level
How your qualification is made up

Entry Requirements

  • Level 3 – 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 or equivalent including English GCSE grade 9-4 plus Audition
  • Level 2 – 4 GCSEs grade 9-3 or equivalent including English & maths GCSEs grade 9-3

What you will study

  • Introduction to Materials, Processes & Skills in Art, Design & Media
  • Introduction to Contextual Research in Art, Design & Media
  • Introduction to Communication Skills in Art, Design & Media
  • Solving 2D Creative Problems
  • Solving 3D Creative Problems
  • Solving Time-based Creative Problems
  • Art, Design & Media Project
  • Introduction to Performance Introduction to Production Communicating with an Audience
  • Staging a Performance
  • Contextual Research for Performance & Production
  • Performance Skills & Practice
  • Production Skills & Practice
  • Personal Project & Presentation
  • Producing & Performing to an Audience
  • Principles of Performance Engaging with an Audience
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Critical & Contextual Awareness
  • Production Skills & Context
  • Performance Skills & Context
  • Preparation for Specialist Study
  • Collaborative Performance Project
  • Developing Performance & Production Skills
  • Extended Performance Project

What's Next?

Further Study

  • Performing Arts (Acting) HNC
  • Performing Arts BA (Hons)


  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • Singer
  • Choreographer
  • Comedian
  • Director
  • DJ
  • Script Writer
Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.
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