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Performing Arts - 2 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts UAL at Wakefield College

Course description

This course is designed to give you a real flavour of how work in the performing arts evolves from the initial idea to the final performance! Over the course you will be introduced to a range of activities essential to the development and delivery of a performance such as drama, dance and musical theatre, the process of rehearsal, production and delivery. It will provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to further study and training for a range of performing arts subjects, including acting, singing, dancing and musical theatre.

Course content

You will participate in a series of creative and exciting projects that will help you to develop performance skills in singing, dancing and acting. Throughout the practical sessions you will learn how to develop characterisations through the use of movement and vocal skills. You will explore different performance mediums, such as musical theatre and devised work. You will work actively as part of a group and will be encouraged to give and take ideas in the creation of the productions. Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C (or new grade 9-4) in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you. Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4). This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at A*-D (or new grade 9-3)


Satisfactory interview/audition


You’ll be assessed through performances, practical and theoretical based project work.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further Study

Level 3 qualifications in Acting, Dance or Musical Theatre offered at Wakefield College. To enter the industry you would normally need a further level of qualification to continue to develop performance skills.

Career opportunities

As the course is designed to give you an insight into the industry you would normally progress onto a higher level course which would enable you to find work within a wide range of performing arts roles such as actor, dancer, choreographer, performer, playwright, director, community arts worker, teacher, entrepreneur.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 May 2018
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    • The Waterton Building (Postcode WF1 2EW)

      Situated less than a mile from Wakefield Westgate Train station and the main College campus, the Waterton Building houses the Performing Arts provision at Wakefield College. With over £1m spent in 2012 on this facility, the Waterton Building offers performance space, dance and drama studios and classrooms, plus industry standard equipment and facilities for our students.

      The pinnacle of the building is the superb new professional 220 seat theatre venue.