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Performing Arts Level 2 Diploma at Darlington College

Course description

Are you interested in performing on stage and being a part of making exciting productions happen? This course is a perfect blend of performance and production arts that give an excellent overview of the industry in general terms. If you want to gain confidence and skills to become a professional actor, dancer or singer as well as production skills in lighting, sound and stage management. This course will equip you with a huge range of new abilities to allow you to become a part of the next generation of professional performers and those who make performance possible. From dance skills to acting technique, lighting and sound to event planning, this course is able to offer it all. Working closely with industry professionals and graduates from prestigious universities and stage schools this course will push every student towards best working practices within the field and is an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to gain an all-round knowledge of performing and production arts.

The course is geared to practical and vocational work, which will establish basic skills and good working practise for performers, as well as seeking to develop your experience and imagination in performance in the following areas:

  • Musical theatre
  • Dance performance workshops
  • Performing arts business
  • Historical contexts of performance
  • Production Arts; lighting and sound

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

Course content

Provide education and training performers and those who make performance possible.

To achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 vocationally specific qualification.

To give the opportunity to access employment within the performing arts industry as a performer.

Give you the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Teaching will be predominately practical and will reflect a work based environment where relevant. The curriculum will be combined with ICT and theoretical session aimed to deliver the information and practical to underpin and assess knowledge

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grades D-E including English and maths or an appropriate Level 1 qualification and a satisfactory school report.
We will request a school or college report and you will need to attend an interview at the college.


You will be assessed via observations, practical assessments and written work.

Future opportunities

You could progress to one of our specific Level 3 qualifications in either Performing Arts or Technical Support for Events. Career opportunities exist to enter the industry in many job roles, including:

  • Dancers
  • Teachers
  • Choreographers
  • Technicians and managers

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darlington College directly.

Last updated date: 09 March 2016
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