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Performing Arts (Acting) Level 2 Diploma at New College Durham

Course description

This lively course will develop knowledge of your performance skills, production process and the performing arts industry. The course will give you the best start to get into a range of careers in the industry. It is for those who wish to start or further develop their career in the performing arts industry. You will get hands on experience throughout this course including live drama performances at the Gala Theatre in Durham and workshops. There are also visits to and from professional theatre companies.

Course content

The course aims to:

  • Develop performance skills
  • Enhance your understanding of the integral nature of theatre work
  • Provide a basis for continuing education and career development in the Performing Arts and other areas of employment
You will study the following subjects:
  • Acting Production Process
  • The Development of Drama
  • The Performing Arts Industry
  • Devising

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grade D or above and successful completion of course induction.

All applicants are expected to attend an interview/audition to demonstrate their performance ability and suitability for the course.


Assessment is on a continuous basis, the course is delivered through a series of assignments, including public performances.

Future opportunities

This course allows the individual to achieve the Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts and the opportunity to progress on to a L3 Extended Diploma Course or directly into employment.
Related careers
Actor, entertainer or presenter Actors, entertainers and presenters sing, portray roles in dramatic productions, perform comedy routines, gymnastic feats and tricks of illusion, train animals to perform and perform with them, and introduce and present radio and television programmes.
Dancer or choreographer Dancers and choreographers devise, direct, rehearse and perform classical and contemporary dance routines.
Musician Musicians write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions.
Arts officer, producer or director Arts officers, producers and directors assume creative, financial and organisational responsibilities in the production and direction of television and radio programmes, films, stage presentations, content for other media, and the promotion and exhibition of other creative activities.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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