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We have the country’s only ‘Live Nation Centre for Media and Performing Arts’, supported by the world’s biggest live event company, and with fantastic access to massive UK live events through this partnership.

Music Technology and Live Sound students get to attend backstage at events such as the Download Festival with bands such as Elbow and Biffy Clyro, and at Liverpool Echo Arena for War of the Worlds.

Where else could you produce, perform in or build the set for Phantom of the Opera? We were the first college in the world to stage this amazing musical in 2014.

We work in collaboration with the British Youth Film Academy.

We are a founder member of the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills and have the Artsmark Gold award.

Our facilities are second  to none in North Staffordshire - we 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 fulfil their potential, and we also have close links with local theatres such as the New Vic and Regent.

Many tutors have real industry experience and our courses offer great chances of progression to further study and employment.

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.

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
  • Arts Administrator
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Dancer
  • Director
  • Lighting Designer
  • Music Producer
  • Musician – did you know that recent students from the College have played at Glastonbury?
  • Set Designer
  • Sound Engineer
  • 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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