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Creative industries such as music and theatre are growing fast, providing a great choice of jobs. Career types are wide ranging and take in people with a variety of different skills and experiences, from theatre technicians or musicians to dancers, TV directors or actors.

Stoke on Trent College is a Founder College of the National Skills Academy Creative and Cultural, as well as a member of the British Youth Film Academy.  In 2012 we were one of the first further education colleges to achieve Artsmark Gold - for more information click here.  Many tutors have real industry experience, and our courses offer great chances of progression to further study and employment.

We also have fantastic fully equipped facilities across subject areas such as a recording studio, rehearsal rooms and a theatre which includes a scenic workshop and state-of-the-art lighting, sound, pyrotechnic and AV system. Regular dance, drama and music performances help students to fulfill their potential, and we also have close links with local theatres such as the New Vic and Regent.

Recent shows have included Sweeny Todd, The Crucible, pantomimes, dance performances and music gigs.

Here's what a few of our students said:

"Production Arts is the best course to get the experience of what the industry is like".

"The best equipped in the country".

"Best working environment and amazing opportunities".

"Probably the best equipped course in the country which allows us to go out to schools and do shows".

"This course is fantastic, all of the practical work helps me to learn faster and the all of the staff are so friendly".

KEY FACTS ABOUT MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

  • Creative industries are worth billions of pounds a year
  • Sound Engineers can earn up to £30,000 a year
  • Starting salaries for Assistant and Deputy Stage Managers can be up to £23,000 a year

POPULAR CAREER PROGRESSION:

  • Actor
  • Musician
  • Director
  • Set Designer
  • Dancer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Music Producer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Stage Manager
Natalie Keenan

An aspiring actress is hoping for more – after landing a role in a film version of Oliver Twist.

Natalie Keenan, from Newcastle, played Betsy, a brassy barmaid, in a modern day adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic.

The film was being shot by The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy at locations across the city.

Natalie, a performing arts student at Stoke on Trent College, thought she would have to give up her dream of acting when she became a mum to Mercedes, aged two.

She said: “I decided I didn’t want to be a young mum stuck at home.

“When I started my course I was really self-conscious and wouldn’t dream of taking a speaking part, but my tutors have been amazing and they’ve given me lots of confidence.

“Now my dream is to make it into television, onto a show like Hollyoaks.”

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