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Music & Performing Arts

You will learn under the guidance of tutors with an impressive amount of experience as working musicians and performing artists. Our courses are designed to make our students highly employable in the freelance world or prepare them for higher education.

So what can I study?

UAL Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting, Dance or Musical Theatre)

If you have a keen interest in pursuing a career in performing arts, this course will help develop your creative skills through a choice of Acting, Dance or Musical Theatre with an introduction to backstage roles.

UAL Level 2/3 Diploma in Music Performance and Production

Our music department has gained a reputation for being geared towards the needs of musicians interested in genres such as pop, rock and reggae, but we welcome musicians from all backgrounds - one of the main aims of the department is to encourage you to broaden your musical horizons.

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting, Dance or Musical Theatre)

If you have a keen interest in pursuing a career in performing arts, this course will help develop your creative skills through a choice of Acting, Dance or Musical Theatre with an introduction to backstage roles.

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Performing Arts

Meet the tutors

Annette Connolly


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We invite you to take a guided tour with us to see the Music and Performing Arts facilities at our King’s Lynn campus.

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  • What adaptations are currently in place for your course as a result of Covid-19 restrictions / government guidelines?

    We are currently onsite 2 days a week doing our usual practical classes. We are lucky that we have a large studio which can be safely used by 22 students. Monday’s and Thursdays, we hold zoom sessions for tutorial and theory. If the student is studying maths and English, these are on zoom on these days as well.

  • What does a typical timetabled day on this course consist of?

    Classes start at 8.45 and there is generally a break at 10.45. This isn’t always the case during rehearsal weeks if we are doing a run of the show. Lunch is usually 12.00 – 1300 and afternoon classes go on until the end of the day, which is 16.30. There will be a break in the afternoon.

  • How is the course structured in terms of balance of theory / practical etc and what are the expectations in terms of assignments, exams etc?

    There are no exams as part of the Performing Arts course.  Students are observed in class and rehearsals and are given support and verbal constructive feedback during practical classes.  Each level (level 3 1st and 2nd years and Level 2’s) have a theory unit they need to complete which looks at the Performing Arts Industry and all it entails.  2nd year level 3’s will study UCAS and how to, successfully apply to university or vocational school. 

    There are 3 performance a year, which all run in the same way although the contact will change.  Christmas is usually a big performance in the college theatre; however, this year due to Covid restrictions this has been replaced with solos and duets performed to camera, which would, ordinarily, be performed at Easter.  The Final Major Project is the 2nd big performance.  This is chosen and directed by the 2nd year level 3’s using the 1st year level 3’s and level 2’s as cast members. 

    The Christmas Performance starts in the summer term with a vote by the students for the show they would like to perform.  This year the decisions was to Alice (Alice in Wonderland) and this will be performed at Easter this year.  Small sections of script are written by the students who then create scenes to learn and audition for roles.  Any student on any level can audition for any role.  These scenes are performed to the rest of the cohort who have a secret vote on who they think should play each role.  Once this has been decided all learners need to research the piece, including context, and their own and others’ characters, decide on costume and hair and start the devising, choreographing and rehearsal process.  Throughout this they will need to keep a rehearsal journal to evaluate their own and others’ work, explain how they’ve solved creative problems and set targets for future performance.  Once the initial and developmental rehearsals are complete there will be a tech rehearsal and a dress rehearsal then the performance. 

    Once the performance has been done each student will be given a week to write an evaluation to incorporate the whole process, using their journal to help them when discussing the final performance and setting targets for the future. 

    The difference with the Easter and summer shows is that each student must write a proposal of what they intend to create and perform, the concept behind their piece and what they want to tell the audience.  They need to decide on lighting, costume and sound and ensure that our technical support officer knows if they need any props or sets. 

    All students are trained and supported throughout with technique classes, information and workshops, lighting, camera work (this term) and how to perform to an audience.

  • How are learners supported on the course (e.g. tutorials, 1:1 sessions, extra help etc)?

    Tutors will hold 1-1 sessions via zoom at the moment, but these are usually face to face in a classroom during the tutorial session. A progress coach is attached to each faculty they will contact students who may be having difficulties with attendance or offer support through the college student adviser service. There are LSO’s available on a 1-1, 1-2, and group basis should they be needed.

  • Does the course involve work experience / placement and if so, how does this fit into the course timetable?

    Work experience is coordinated by a member of staff dedicated to this and is completed outside of college hours.

  • What are the progression opportunities/job prospects after this course? What kind of careers do your students go into afterwards?

    Many of students progress on to Higher Education both University and Vocational School.  We have several students who are going to universities such as Lincoln, (dance, musical theatre and production arts) Gloucester (dance), Colchester (musical theatre) and Italia Conti.

    Former students have started their own local dance schools, 2 of which hire our dance studios in the evenings.

    We have students on Cruise ships and working at Holiday Parks.

    One student is working in China for 6 months teaching Musical Theatre, having graduated from Colchester.  

  • Are there any uniform requirements?

    Dancers and musical theatre students aren’t required to buy a uniform. Leggings and suitable tops are fine for practical work, they will need to have blacks to work as part of the production team in performances (comfortable clothing). Jazz shoes may be required for performance, but students will be asked at the time of the show. Tap shoes are required these can be bought from Dance Direct which is an online business. Please make sure that you buy shoes which have ‘teletone’ taps which are loose and attached to the shoe with a screw rather that fixed taps with a rivet as the sound is difficult to hear and frustrating for a beginner.

  • Is there any financial assistance for practice clothes?

    There are bursaries available, please contact student services for advice.

Careers Virtual - Music & Performing Arts

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Potential Salary

Actors, entertainers and presenters


Potential Salary

Business and related associate professionals n.e.c.


Potential Salary

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